I wanted to open this blog by welcoming everyone back from
spring break to summer trimester.
This week I want to focus on integrative medicine. Over break, a
family friend asked me, "What is integrative medicine?" I also
thought this was great topic of discussion for anyone reading this
blog who may be considering applying to National University of
Here at National University we take an integrative approach to
health and medicine. Integrative medicine is the intelligent
combining of both western and eastern medicine healing practices,
therapies and health protocols. When we discuss integration of
medicine, we simply represent the best of both worlds.
Drugs still heavily influence western medicine while eastern
medicine is focused more on prevention of diseases. At National, we
take an integrative approach when we look at treatment planning for
our patients. I witness this every day in the clinical setting as a
senior intern and in the academic setting as a student.
Many of my patients are referred to us from western physicians,
such as psychiatrists, DOs, etc., who I work closely with in the
treatment of my patients. This integration of medicine is why I
believe so many of my patients do so well with acupuncture. It
restores the body's natural ability to heal itself, and addresses
root causes rather than mere symptoms. This in turn, enhances,
restores and empowers patients to reclaim their health.
That is why it is important that more schools like National
University incorporate an integrative model of medicine. The
benefits to the patient's health are profound in this future
medicine model. Integration medicine is emerging not just in the
clinical setting, but also in hospital settings.
Thank you for your continued support of the AOM blog! Welcome
back to Summer 2013 Trimester.