Using synthetic drugs and surgery to treat dis-eases was known just a few decades ago as, simply, “medicine,” or allopathic/conventional medicine., and it is what most Americans have access to in hospitals and most clinics. Often very good at some things; for example, handling emergency conditions such as massive injury or heart attack. The pharmaceutical approach to chronic disease treatment is rarely the best physiological choice, often times yielding many side effects and complications.
When an alternative medicine practice is used in conjunction with a conventional one is known as a “complementary” medicine. Example: using ginger syrup to prevent nausea during chemotherapy. Together, complementary and alternative medicines are often referred to by the acronym CAM.
Integrative medicine “combines mainstream medical therapies and CAM therapies for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness.”
In other words, integrative medicine “cherry picks” the very best, scientifically validated therapies from both conventional and CAM systems.
Integrative medicine is 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: