Integrative Medicine: Combining Traditional and Modern Therapies

Kate Williamson, Editorial Team, European Hospital & Healthcare Management

In integrative medicine, the methods of how disease is tackled, incorporated both conventional and modern medicine, and remedies that are completely natural and inclusive of the body. This one relies on the professional treatment of the whole person and not just the body; it includes causing and healing the diseases and practicing all forms of treatment. It is one of the best practices for converting non-drug treatment and raising the rank of human health. 

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Comprehensive medicine is a relatively new model that encompasses the conventional biomedicine system of treatment and other and alternate styles of healing. The technique applied to this approach to a treatment circle is not only curing the disease but also making sure that the mind and soul of the diagnosed patient are also healed. Following the combination of professional and complementary practices, integrative medicine attempts to use the framework of the person’s organism in order to treat diseases and enhance health. 

What is integrative medicine? 

Integrated medicine does not only encompass how a patient’s treatment and cure work in terms of the body and biochemistry, but also the psychological and sociological condition with which the patient presents himself before the doctor and even his beliefs in life. They lie in the continuity of the agreement between the patient and the provider, in addition to the application of all the available and effective therapies. This method can involve a combination of various approaches. 

  • Conventional Medicine: any of the conventional treatments that are used in the handling of a given ailment, for example medication, operation, physical therapy among others.
  • Complementary Therapies: Other additional treatments include; Acupuncture, massage therapy and use of orthodox medicines like the herb among others.
  • Alternative Therapies: This involves such measures as homeopathy, and naturopathy which patients prefer over conventional procedures.
  • Lifestyle and Self-Care: Nutrition, physical activity, mental health interventions, and stress are the main factors in the teaching concept.

The Principles of Integrative Medicine

1. Patient-Centered Care: Emotional regard they have for the patient’s engagement in the illness and recovery process.

2. Holistic Approach: There are many types of health starting with the gross health, followed by the social health, emotional health, and the spiritual health.

3. Use of All Appropriate Therapies: Utilize scientific technique for handling and integrating effective complementary or integrative medicine that is still harmonious with the patient’s choice.

4. Emphasis on Prevention: Promotion of preventive efforts so that health may be cherished and illness, on the other end, be prevented.

5. Healing-Oriented: Focused on getting well from sickness, not only the absence of diseases in a person.

Benefits of Integrative Medicine

Integrative medicine offers several benefits, including:

  • Personalized Treatment: Personalized care plans that reflect the patients’ needs and their desired care regimes.
  • Improved Patient Satisfaction: Improved health care standards and the level of patients’ interest as well as their satisfaction with the overall flow of the medical services provided.
  • Reduced Side Effects: Cancer complementary therapies help to minimize the side effects of conventional medicines.
  • Holistic Healing: This is considering the origin of the sickness in an attempt to contain it while at the same time aiming to improve the health of the patient in general.
  • Prevention and Wellness: The narrative backs the people’s decision-making, acts, and choices to improve their health and shun disease.

Examples of Integrative Therapies

1. Acupuncture: is one of the ancient practices in traditional oriental therapy and has been in practice for thousands of years. It entails passing a thread like needles through the human skin for curative purposes in certain strategic regions of the human body.

2. Herbal Medicine: is a scientific field that focuses on the application of certain parts of plants or plant products in cases of health complications and their improvement.

3. Yoga and Meditation: Relaxation activities that assist in offering a proper body build, reducing the impacts of stress, and enhancing a healthy mind.

4. Nutritional Therapy: Dietary patterns to get nutrients with special diets for diseases.

5. Chiropractic Care: is centered on the evaluation and management of what is defective with the musculoskeletal system, particularly the spinal column.

How does integrative medicine work in practice? 

An example of integrative medicine in practice could be a patient who has some specific kind of chronic pain. Instead of solely relying on painkillers, an integrative approach might include:

  • Conventional Treatment: They prescribed some drugs that have to be used for relieving pain and inflammation for a couple of days.
  • Complementary Therapies: Appointments to have acupuncture to relieve pain and enhance the functionality of the limb.
  • Lifestyle Changes: An individual and written exercise regime and diet plan to enhance her fitness and decrease her pain.
  • Mind-Body Techniques: Activities like mindfulness therapy and the practice of yoga are to be applied to help people cope with their existing stress levels and improve their standard of living and the quality of their lives.    

Integrative Medicine and Chronic Diseases

Chronic disorders such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, can be treated from integrative medicine.

Diabetes: Besides insulin and medications, one can control the blood sugar level and live a healthy life through nutrition consultation, physical activity, and stress management techniques.

Heart Disease: However, apart from drug and procedure treatments, the following can also be used as treatment for this condition and treatment of heart health: diet change, exercise, stress change.

Arthritis: This is done through the addition, of other drugs that are used in treating inflammation, and pain, exercises, acupuncture and other supplements that help with movement and pain.

Finding an Integrative Medicine Practitioner

When seeking an integrative medicine practitioner, consider the following:

  • Credentials and Training: Make sure the practitioner has received proper training and accreditation concerning conventional as well as complementary treatment procedures.
  • Experience and Specialization: Other possible attributes that you should look for include the level of experience and skills of the said practitioner but apart from that, the practitioners to be selected for your bias should be those who handle with your specific health issues.
  • Communication and Collaboration: Choose a practitioner who is friendly, someone who does not have a problem with engaging other heath care givers for your condition.


Integrative medicine is a progressive model of treatment as it utilizes promising methods of conventional and contemporary medicine to address the health of the person as a whole. Through an individualized consideration of the patient’s bio-psycho-social aspects and the use of multiple interventions, integrative medicine can assist a person in reaching well-being and enhance their personal well-being.

Kate Williamson

Kate, Editorial Team at European Hospital & Healthcare Management, leverages her extensive background in Healthcare communication to craft insightful and accessible content. With a passion for translating complex Healthcare concepts, Kate contributes to the team's mission of delivering up-to-date and impactful information to the global Healthcare community.

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