Integrative & Functional Medicine
The Core Principles
- Patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process.
- All factors that influence health, wellness, and disease are taken into consideration, including mind, spirit, and community, as well as the body.
- Appropriate use of both conventional and alternative methods facilitates the body's innate healing response.
- Effective interventions that are natural and less invasive should be used whenever possible.
- Integrative medicine neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically.
- Good medicine is based in good science. It is inquiry-driven and open to new paradigms.
- Alongside the concept of treatment, the broader concepts of health promotion and the prevention of illness are paramount
- Practitioners of integrative medicine should exemplify its principles and commit themselves to self-exploration and self-development.
"Integrative Medicine (IM) 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."-University of Arizona, Center for Integrative Medicine
We must recognize that our health encompasses much more than our physical body. To find balance, we must first reconsider what it is to be human! We are so much more than organs and tissue! We are WHOLE: body, mind and consciousness, nourished from the earth, connected to one another. We must recognize the intricate fabric of life we inhabit, and the beautiful dance within and without.
Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engages both patient and practitioner in a partnership. Functional medicine looks at interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. See more at