What Is Integrative Medicine?
Integrative Medicine as promoted by the Osher Collaborative for Integrative Health:
Integrative medicine is both a philosophy of how healthcare can be most effective and a practice that expands our "toolbox" of therapeutic options. It incorporates safe and effective complementary health approaches with conventional medicine. The National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health groups these approaches into four major categories. In this new classification complementary approaches can be classified by their primary therapeutic input (how the therapy is taken in or delivered), which may be:
According to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, nearly two-thirds of Americans use some form of complementary and integrative medicine to treat common health concerns such as pain, anxiety or depression, gastrointestinal disorders and sleeping problems. Increasing numbers of patients are seeking integrative medicine as a means of achieving optimal health and wellness.