In order to understand how Integrative Medicine works, it is necessary to see things from a wider perspective. Throughout history there have been many different systems for restoring health and maintaining wellness all over the world. Almost without exception, every one of these systems utilized natural therapies such as hands-on physical assessment and treatment, herbal medicines, prevention of disease, and the proper identification of the causes of disease.
For example, the oldest intact system for complete heath care is Chinese medicine. With a history of over 5000 years, there has never been a time in recorded history that Chinese medicine was not in use somewhere in the world. This system relies on techniques such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary and lifestyle modification, as well as a list of other modalities. This system provides accurate methods of diagnosis and effective treatments for nearly any condition, especially chronic illnesses.
In contrast, modern technological medicine is a relatively new system which is based on the concepts of biological science, chemistry, and physics. It relies heavily on the use of laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging techniques, surgery, over-the-counter drugs and prescription drugs. This system was invented and used most effectively at times of warfare. It is best utilized for treating emergency situations such as severe traumatic injuries, bullet wounds, severe bleeding, and preventing imminent death. At times these modern methods can be extremely effective for saving a person’s life.
Integrative medicine is the merging of the most ancient system of medicine with the most modern system of medicine. Taking the safest and most effective treatments from everything that is available and using them within a sound framework where the patient’s best interests are held with the highest regard is what Integrative Medicine is all about. At the Integrative Medicine Clinic we are proud to offer a truly integrated system of health care that really works. We carry the knowledge of both traditional medicine as well as modern medicine, and we weave these systems together to create a unique system of Integrative Medicine.