What is Integrative Health?

Understanding integrative health, wellness, and medicine and the role it plays in healing.

Many people wonder about integrative health and wellness and how it differs from the medical care most of us are accustomed to. Eastern cultures have been utilizing integrative health practices for thousands of years, but historically the success was undocumented scientifically. Today however we have thousands of science-based, peer reviewed studies in medical journals which is very promising for the field of integrative medicine.

As a society we are beginning to seek more preventative and holistic healing, rather than relying solely on medication to cure disease.

Integrative health focuses on whole systems healing and patient-centered care, which explores what the patient values and how to maximize healing according to their bio-individual needs. This is often achieved by combining mind-body practices and alternative therapies with western medicine. An example of this would be incorporating meditation or wellness journal for a patient receiving chemotherapy. Additional modalities include acupuncture, yoga, biofeedback, and spiritual or faith-based practices. In fact, hospitals including MD Anderson Cancer center and Scripps Hospital in San Diego are two of the largest facilities in America utilizing integrative wellness for their patients. I love this quote by the Scripps Integrative Medicine Center. “We believe that health is dynamic, continually influenced by how we live our lives and how we relate to the world around us, and we believe that healing starts from within” (Scripps Health, 2022).

With this in mind, as a nationally board-certified health and wellness coach, I look forward to exploring the many avenues of whole systems healing that are available to each of us and I am so glad we are in this together.  

Aim Oń

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Resources:

Scripps Health. (2022, October 20). Integrative Medicine – San Diego. https://www.scripps.org/services/integrative-medicine