What is Integrative Medicine?
Updated: Apr 13
Integrative medicine is a holistic medical discipline that aspires to treat the whole person rather than just their disease using a combination of modern/conventional, alternative and complimentary medical approaches to diagnosis, treat and address medical issues, health optimization, and the longterm wellness of our patients.
Integrative medicine takes into account the whole patient, their disease process, genetics, and lifestyle factors while utilizing multiple forms of modern healthcare practices to diagnosis and treat the patient. Integrative medical care includes both conventional and functional medicine approaches to diagnostic evaluations and then combines multiple treatment modalities to optimize the patients health and wellness. Treatment modalities may include conventional medications, nutritional supplements, diet and lifestyle modifications, massage therapy, mental health providers, physical therapy, acupuncture, yoga, and chiropractic care.
Integrative medicine is not the same as alternative medicine, which refers to an approach to healing that is utilized in place of conventional therapies, or complementary medicine, which refers to healing modalities that are used to complement conventional approaches.
Integrative medicine combines all of these approaches to address the healing process. Considering all factors that affect our health, wellness and disease states, including mind, body, spirit, social and environment factors. Patient and provider are partners in the healing process, with treatments and therapies that are more natural and less invasive being preferable whenever appropriate and proven effective, while personalizing care to address the individual patients unique conditions, circumstances and lifestyle.
~Dr. Lawrence Hutchison
Medical Director Statera