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.