Integrative medicine affirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by peer-reviewed evidence (same as traditional medicine), and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and well-being.
Integrative medicine combines modern medicine with established approaches from around the world. By joining contemporary with proven practices from other healing traditions, integrative practitioners are better able to relieve suffering, reduce stress, maintain the wellness, and enhance the resilience of their patients.
Although the culture of biomedicine is predominant in the U.S., it coexists with many other healing traditions. Many of these approaches have their roots in non-Western cultures. Others have developed within the West, but outside what is considered conventional medical practice.