Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Principles of Integrative Medicine

"The Principles of Integrative Medicine, are, according to Dr. Andrew Weil:

* A partnership between patient and practitioner in the healing process.

* Appropriate use of conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body’s innate healing response.

* Consideration of all factors that influence health, wellness and disease, including mind, spirit and community as well as body. A philosophy that neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically.

* Recognition that good medicine should be based in good science, be inquiry driven, and be open to new paradigms.

* Use of natural, effective, less-invasive interventions whenever possible.

* Use of the broader concepts of promotion of health and the prevention of illness as well as the treatment of disease.

* Training of practitioners to be models of health and healing, committed to the process of self-exploration and self-development.

Dr. Weil on Healthy Aging

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