Integrated medicine is the combining of conventional and complementary approaches to treat an individual’s health concerns. It looks at all aspects of a person; physical, mental and spiritual, as essential to the diagnosis of disease and subsequent treatment. A Naturopathic Doctor (ND) treats every aspect of their patient and is therefore – an integral part – of integrated medicine.
Often, other factors aside from the physical ones come into play. Allergies, skin rashes, anxiety and digestive issues can be diagnosed based on physical symptoms. However, by digging deeper, a Naturopathic Doctor may find there is an environmental or emotional reason for the presenting symptoms.
One of the important aspects of integrated medicine, and perhaps the greatest benefit to patients, is its focus on health promotion and disease prevention enabling people of all ages to get and stay healthy. When practitioners from diverse fields, such as Naturopathic Doctors, Medical Doctors, Nurse Practitioners and Dieticians etc. come together in an integrated approach the potential for a successful outcome are much higher as all aspects of the patient are being considered and treated.