Integrative Medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle.
It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence,
and makes use of all appropriate therapies.
Food and Nutrition
The gastrointestinal system is more than the body’s primary site of taking in and absorbing nutrients. This system of critical digestive organs also acts as a type of switchboard or communication center to and from the brain, and functions as one of the body’s frontlines in the fight against disease.
Community and Support
Social support provides a network of individuals that one can turn to in times of need. Having community aids in enduring stress, reducing depression and opening the mind to new ideas. When community is strong, it helps each individual thrive.
It can be tempting to trade sleep for a few precious hours of wakefulness, but it is important to consider the hidden costs. Sleep is just as precious as diet and movement. Numerous studies have found that insufficient sleep increases a person's risk of developing serious medical conditions including obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Many people do not think of perception or awareness as part of our health, however what we focus on and pay attention to greatly matters. The mind can spend a lot of time in the past, being critical, judging and oftentimes it is hard not to worry about the future. Mindfulness practice can help us become more present in life.
There really is no way of avoiding stress in life, however the ways in which we cope with stress can have a profound impact on wellness. Remaining in a stressed state burdens the digestive system, energy levels, mood, the immune system and heart health.
Any amount of movement is exercise not only for the body but for the mind as well. Movement stirs the blood and fluids of the body and helps keep muscles and joints supple. Movement also aids in cardiovascular and heart health. When the body is functioning well, the mind and mood tend to follow suit.