Integrative Medicine (IM) combines the best of conventional medicine, including medication and surgery, where appropriate, and complementary and alternative approaches to healing, such as herbal medications or dietary supplements, in order to provide a personalized plan for optimal health and healing for every individual. Patient and doctor are partners in the healing process and the IM physician considers both conventional and alternative treatment methods (CAM) when helping the patient determine the best approach to his or her individual situation. Effective interventions that are natural and less invasive are recommended whenever appropriate. Best available scientific research is considered whenever possible in order to make the most informed recommendations for care. Central concepts of integrative medicine also include health promotion and the prevention of illness.
In addition to medication or specialty referrals, and according to individual preference, other approaches to improve and maintain health might include:
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