Integrative Medicine - what does that mean?

I have had a few enquiries about "integrative medicine" and what that acutally means.  According to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and Australian Integrative Medicine Association (RACGP - AIMA) Working Party 2004, the definition of Integrative Medicine in the "blending of conventional and complementary medicine with the aim of using the most appropriate of either or both modalities to care for the patient as a whole".  The National Central of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) the definition of complementary medicine is a "group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine".

So in other words, its about using a system of analysis, clinical assessment, clinical reasoning, comprehensive functional pathology and diagnostic testing to find out WHY things are happening.  The aim is to solve the problem or create health, not just mask or eliminate symptoms.  And, the patient is a participant in the therapy. 

This approach to health is the underlying basis of all our services at Health Central.  Dr Jane Chapman has just joined out team and she is a medically trained General Practitioner who offers this specialty to assist you to achieve your optimal health. 

Please email or call us if you have any questions.

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