Integrative and Functional Medicine leverages the strongest protocols and strategies of Eastern and Western medicine to create an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that engages patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. Integrative and Functional physicians develop a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and use that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.
Integrative medicine is an approach to care that can be easily incorporated by all medical specialties and professional disciplines, and by all healthcare systems. Its use will not only improve healthcare for patients, it can also enhance the cost effectiveness of healthcare delivery for providers and payors.
A practical strategy, integrative medicine puts the patient at the center and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health. By treating the whole person, both the patient’s immediate needs as well as the effects of the long-term and complex interplay between a range of biological, behavioral, psychosocial and environmental influences are addressed. This process enhances the ability of individuals to not only get well, but most importantly, to stay well.
Important elements of an integrative approach to health care include engaging the patient as an informed and empowered partner and personalizing the care to best address the individual’s unique conditions, needs and circumstances. The integrative approach emphasizes prevention, health maintenance and early intervention, and utilizes all appropriate, evidenced-based and personalized therapeutic approaches to achieve optimal health and wellbeing across one’s lifespan.