Today’s modern medicine has focused almost exclusively on illness and a patient’s physical state, often prescribing conventional medicines to remedy immediate symptoms. In contrast, integrative medicine takes a holistic approach and considers both mind, body and spirit before determining a course of action.
According to the American Board of Integrative Medicine®, “integrative medicine is the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.”
Only after a complete assessment of an individual’s current situation can a doctor who practices integrative medicine prescribe appropriate treatments – both conventional and other scientifically-evidenced alternatives. At the Martin Clinic we practice conventional or allopathic medicine, and are greatly inspired by the practices of Anthroposophic medicine.