What is Integrated Medicine?
The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) defines integrative medicine (also referred to as functional medicine) as an integrative, science-based healthcare approach that treats illness and promotes wellness by focusing on the bio-chemically unique aspects of each patient, and individually tailoring interventions to restore physiological, psychological, and structural balance.
Integrative/functional medicine focuses on understanding the fundamental physiological processes, environmental inputs, and genetic predispositions that influence health and disease so that interventions focus on treating the cause of the problem, not just masking the symptoms.
Integrative medicine and health reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic and lifestyle approaches, healthcare and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.
There are seven basic principles underlying integrative/functional medicine:
Dynamic balance of internal and external factors that affect total functioning
Biochemical individuality based on genetic and environmental uniqueness
Web-like interconnections among the body's physiological processes
Promotion of organ reserve
Science-based medicine that connects the emerging research base to clinical practice
Patient-centered care rather than disease-focused treatment
Health as a positive vitality, not merely the absence of disease
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