What is Integrative Medicine and Health?

I wanted to open this blog by welcoming everyone back from spring break to summer trimester.

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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 Health Sciences. 

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.