“Informed people are becoming more willing to take a measure of responsibility for their own health”
The twenty-first century finds many people using more natural interventions and less drug-oriented therapies. It is becoming more frequent, for people undergoing cancer treatments, to choose a number complementary therapies that have been shown to work well along side Conventional treatments.
‘Conventional medicine focuses on crisis intervention and is less successful in treating chronic illness’, which seems to highlight the need for a more integrative treatment plan, as it has been shown that cancer in particular can and does become resistant, in a number of circumstances, to chemotherapeutic regimes.
‘Integrative medicine is a newer term that emphasizes the integration of Complementary and Alternative Medicine approaches along with Conventional Medicine’.
Integrative medicine is a philosophy of healthcare with a focus on individual patient care and combining the best of ‘Conventional Western Medicine‘ and evidence-based ‘Complementary Medicine‘ and therapies within current mainstream medical practice.
In summary, ‘Integrative Medicine‘ 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, health care professionals and disciplines to achieve ‘optimal health and healing‘. It takes into account the physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being of the person with the aim of using the most appropriate, safe and evidence-based treatments available.
“Integrative health and medicine offer best practices for optimal health and healing.”