We’ve all heard the term “integrative health” before but how many of us know what it really means? It approaches the whole body aiming for overall well-being, including body, mind, and emotions.
Read on to learn more about what the integrated health and wellness approach is, what it includes, and the benefits!
What is Integrative Health?
Integrative health is a comprehensive approach to wellbeing.
But what is integrative healthcare? We define it neatly in an earlier blog:
An appropriate integrative wellness definition is to combine conventional practices with alternative techniques for delivering wholesome wellness. The physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of life experience are understood by the practitioner to provide the care that a client would need. Integrative health programs focus on reintegrating what has been disintegrated within the client’s life.
What does integrative healing include?
Integrative healing starts with a consultation session with the practitioner. The practitioner listens to their clients as the clients explain their complaints and symptoms.
As detailed in-depth in our blog “What Is the Purpose of an Integrative Wellness Plan?” This kind of consultation can incorporate many different healing practices.
“Encompassing all facets of human health, an integrative wellness plan can include massages, mindfulness, traditional medicines, homeopathy, Ayurveda, and replenishing diets for your client.”
Integrative health practitioners can refer their clients to medical doctors if they see fit, and help their clients achieve wellness by implementing other available remedies.
How does it differ from Conventional and Alternative Medicine?
As mentioned before, the integrative health approach practices both conventional and alternative healing methods. But of course, it is different.
Alternative healthcare usually replaces western medicine in the healing process as much as possible. In such cases, the integrative health approach uses conventional healing methods.
Here are the main differences between conventional and integrative medicine:
- Disease focused
- Doctor centered
- Emphasis on the fixed approaches
- Detection based on symptoms
- Emphasis on individuality
- Looks for the underlying causes
Advantages of an Integrative Wellness-Led Approach
There are multiple advantages to using an integrative approach to health problems. Some of the benefits are as follows:
A whole-person focus
Clients often visit medical offices with multiple symptoms which can affect multiple organs so they might have to see different practitioners get a full understanding of their condition. Integrative medicine focuses on how various symptoms might be connected or have the same root cause — instead of treating symptoms individually.
The integrative health approach focuses on achieving optimal wellness and healing, not the disease itself. It usually starts with the assumption that there’s a physiological balance that is disrupted, causing various illnesses. Returning to the body’s natural healthy state is the main goal of the integrative health approach.
As mentioned before, integrative health approaches people individually, focusing on the whole person. This naturally means the remedies and the therapies will be personalized according to each individual and their unique needs.
Utilization of all appropriate approaches
According to the individual’s condition and complaints, the integrative health approach utilizes all appropriate remedies both from western medicine and alternative healthcare.
An integrative health approach can be used for anyone. Whether you are looking to learn some ways to relax, relieve muscle pain, or better concentration, more mindfulness, integrative health has something for everyone.
Studies have proven that an integrative health approach can help people recover from various conditions such as pain after surgery, anxiety, depression, or digestive problems.
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