Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine offers Alternative Health Options as a holistic approach to general well-being. With a focus on preventive healthcare, that includes complementary medical treatments and practices. We provide information on the latest prescription free products and therapies available for you.

To help maintain a healthy body and mind over the long term. Practising Integrative Medicine and maintaining good health is a way to prevent a disease.

Many people are now pursuing Complementary Medicine (CAM) as an alternative to conventional medicine. National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) shows that approximately half adults in America use CAM. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) defines CAM as:

“A group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products not considered part of conventional medicine.”

Healthcare providers and policymakers have a tendency to focus on the “urgent and immediate”.

That at the expense of methods focused on maintaining a long healthy life.

Integrative medicine definition:

“The combination of CAM and preventive medicine with standard medical care. ”

There are many different components within CAM including:

  • Natural practices
  • Mind and body medicine
  • Manipulative and body-based practices.

Mind and body medicine improves health by:

“focusing on the interaction between mind, body, and behaviour.”

Examples include:

  • Meditation.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Yoga.
  • Qigong.
  • And Tai Chi.

Manipulative and body-based medicine focus on the human structures and systems.

Examples include:

  • Spinal manipulation (SM: performed by moving a joint of the spine)
  • and Massage therapy (MT: therapists manipulate soft tissues to:
    • relieve pain,
    • reduce stress,
    • address anxiety,
    • and improve health)

Health promotion and disease prevention also entail intervening before the illness starts. That includes identifying and treating asymptomatic conditions and limiting further complications of the disease. This approach includes:

  • Vaccination.
  • Counselling to change risky behaviours.
  • Screening and primary chemoprophylaxis.
  • And Treatment for conditions such as hypertension and hyperlipidemia.