Modern medicine has increased our life span dramatically and given us tools to fight a wide range of diseases. Yet, there is increasing awareness that patients need more “health care”, not just “disease care”, from their health care providers.
Integrative Medicine (IM), aims to treat the whole person, focusing on overall well-being – both for general quality of life, and disease prevention and treatment. IM is both comprehensive and patient-centered. It addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person's health. Moving beyond symptoms, IM considers all factors contributing to compromised health. Importantly, the patient maintains full ownership of his/her personal well-being and works in partnership with practitioners to encourage the healing process.
The connections between lifestyle and health and disease are increasingly apparent and IM focuses on that connection. Practices such as yoga, mediation, massage therapy, nutrition, tai chi, and bio-feedback can influence stress levels, brain function, immune systems, and chronic pain. Lifestyle change programs, which incorporate many of the above practices, have proven effective for a wide range of patients suffering from obesity, diabetes, cardiac disease and cancer.
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