What is Integrative Medicine

The Consortium of Academic Health Centers For Integrative Medicine website states Integrative Medicine is the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.
 
The Consortium office is located on the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota.  

 
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Dr. Andrew Weil’s website defines Integrative medicine as healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.
 
The Principles of Integrative Medicine:

• A partnership between patient and practitioner in the healing process

• Appropriate use of conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body’s innate healing response

• Consideration of all factors that influence health, wellness and disease, including mind, spirit and community as well as body

• A philosophy that neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically

• Recognition that good medicine should be based in good science, be inquiry driven, and be open to new paradigms

• Use of natural, effective, less-invasive interventions whenever possible

• Use of the broader concepts of promotion of health and the prevention of illness as well as the treatment of disease

• Training of practitioners to be models of health and healing, committed to the process of self-exploration and self-development