What is integrative medicine?

Integrative medicine (IM) combines conventional medicine with complementary medicine. The goal is to improve the health and well-being of patients by individualizing therapy for each case and minimizing side effects.

IM focuses on the patient rather than the disease. The human body, thoughts, emotions, and their respective correlations form a unit. Adjustments in lifestyles, routines, nutrition, and emotional states are fundamental for patients' well-being and overall health.

The central idea is to use the best aspects of different medical approaches to provide comprehensive care that addresses each patient's individual needs. This type of medicine is particularly effective in the prevention of disease, as well as in the therapy of chronic illnesses.

Integrative medicine is characterized by:

• A holistic approach: It considers the patient as a whole, including physical, psychological, emotional, social, and environmental aspects.

• Combined therapies: conventional medical treatments and complementary alternative therapies are combined when they benefit the patient.

• Patient-centered: the needs and experiences of each patient allow for personalized care.

• Prevention: preventive measures to avoid health problems and the importance of lifestyle factors are fundamental.

What is integrative medicine?
Dr. Dieter le Noir's vision of medicine