Integrative Medicine Goals
Integrative medicine focuses on the interaction between mind. body and spirit and the belief that these all interconnect. When one or more of these is out of order it can have an effect on our overall general health.
The essential components are
1. Sleep- getting adequate restful sleep impacts all aspects of our mental, physical, emotional. social and spiritual selves
2. Movement- being active improves our overall health and reduces our risk for many chronic diseases. “overall general health” is overkill, only one descriptor required.
3. Nutrition- eating whole non processed foods leads to healthier lives
4. Relationships- as social beings we live longer, healthier and happier with those we love and share our lives with
5. Resilience- as we address our stress, have fun, practice relaxation and use healthy coping skills we build our resilience to future stress
6. Spirituality- identifying values and beliefs about ourselves and our purpose and meaning in life
7. Environment- we need to manage our physical surroundings and become aware that if our internal and external environment is out of balance then we are out of balance
Integrative self- care practices are simple, inexpensive and activities that can be done day to day.
Principles of Integrative Medicine
The defining principles of Integrative medicine include
1.The patient and the practitioner are partners in the healing process
2. All factors that influence health, wellness and disease are taken into consideration including, mind, spirit and community as well as the body
3. Appropriate use of both conventional and alternative methods facilitates the body’s own healing response
4. Effective interventions that are natural and less invasive should be used whenever possible
5. Integrative medicine neither rejects conventional nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically
6. Good medicine is based on good science and is inquiry driven.
7. Alongside treatment the broader concept of health promotion and prevention is extremely important.
8. Practitioners of integrative medicine should demonstrate and exemplify its principles and commit to self development