|Address the Cause
According to The World Health Organization (WHO) health is defined as “a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Integrative medicine is based upon this definition of health. It goes beyond the treatment of symptoms to address the causes of an illness and changes in wellbeing. The full range of physical, emotional, spiritual and environmental influences affecting health are taken into account. In understanding the patient’s unique set of circumstances, integrative medicine seeks to restore and maintain health and wellness across a person’s lifespan.
Integrative medicine is not the same as alternative medicine or complimentary medicine. Alternative medicine utilises treatments from homeopathy, acupuncture, aromatherapy, meditation and colonic irrigation. Complimentary medicine refers to healing modalities that are used to compliment allopathic approaches. .