Find a professional for Integrative Medicine in Seattle
Integrative Medicine draws from the best of both worlds, Conventional Western Medicine and Complimentary & Alternative Medicine (CAM). A division of the National Institutes of Health, The National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine defines Integrative Medicine as : "An approach to medicine that combines mainstream medical therapies and CAM therapies for which there is high-quality scientific evidence of safety and efficacy".
The following Principles of Integrated Medicine are largely restated or paraphrased from the University of Arizona's Program in Integrative Medicine :
- Transcends a symptoms based / disease treatment paradigm of allopathic medicine by additionally promoting health and advocating preventive measures.
- Recognizes that good medicine should be based in good science, inquiry driven and open to new paradigms.
- A philosophy that neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative medicine uncritically.
- Advocates the use of natural and less invasive procedures whenever possible.
- A whole person philosophy that considers and respects all of the parts (body, mind, spirit, social) that influence and effect health and disease processes.
- Values the partnership between patient and practitioner in the healing process as well as the therapeutic relationship itself.
- Honors and works with the body's innate self-healing / self-correcting mechanisms.
- Advocates a collaborative / team approach amongst practitioners to enhance patients overall healthcare and pursuit of optimal wellness.
- Practitioners of Integrative Medicine should exemplify its principles and commit themselves to self-exploration and self-development.
The Integrative Medicine approach offers consumers cutting edge technology along with ancient wisdom.
The Integrative Medicine approach offers practitioners the opportunity to be part of the evolution of healthcare.
Written by Bruce Schonfeld
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