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Integrative vs Alternative Medicine: The Short Answer by Dr Weil


June 28, 2014 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Integrative


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What is Integrative Medicine

Integrative medicine is taking the best of medical and alternative modalities, examining what works best, and being open to use parts of various modalities and treating the whole patient as a holistic being. Integrative medicine treats the individual as body-mind-and-spirit. It is different than complementary medicine, because it is more inclusive rather than seeing each type of medicine as different.

Integrative Medicine focuses on health and well-being. Integrative medicine looks at lifestyle, community members, and the importance of the doctor-patient relationship. Alternative medicine, complementary medicine, or holistic medicine are often terms rejected by many people who favor natural remedies. These terms fail to recognize the practitioner as being on a level playing ground with medical practitioners. Many medical methodologies outside the traditional western medical model require just as much education as a medical doctor, and the knowledge and expertise, is not inferior – it is just different.

Dr. Andrew Weil

Dr. Andrew Weil, popularized the term integrative medicine. While is doesn’t accept all forms of alternative medicine, he embrasses many alternative medicine therapies and integrates them into his practice.

Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine encompasses all types of medicine not taught in conventional medical schools. The idea of integrative medicine explores Alternative Medicine modalities and analyses each in their own right. Not all types of alternative medicine are as well founded and beneficial. Some types of alternative medicine have developed a history of proven results, other types of alternative medicine may be more questionable. Doing research and learning about the qualifications of the practitioner, or the modality, is worthy of an investment of your time. When it comes to health, being a savvy consumer is a good choice.

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