Principles of Integrative Medicine:

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine defines integrative medicine as a combination of mainstream medical therapies and complimentary and alternative medical therapies for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness.

  • A partnership between the patient and the practitioner in the healing process
  • Appropriate use of conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body's innate healing response
  • Consideration of all factors that influence health, including mind, body, spirit, and community
  • A philosophy that neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically
  • Recognition that good medicine should be based in good science, be inquiry driven, and be open to new paradigms
  • Use of natural, effective, less-invasive interventions whenever possible

Principles of Functional Medicine:

Functional Medicine is a personalized, systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease.

  • Functional Medicine offers a powerful new model for assessment, treatment, and prevention of chronic disease.
  • Functional Medicine incorporates the latest in genetic science, systems biology, and understanding of how environmental and lifestyle factors influence health and disease.
  • Functional Medicine enables predictive, personalized medicine and empowers patients to take an active role in their own health.