Integrative Medicine has a very similar definition to Functional Medicine and endeavors to improve patients’ health by utilizing whatever modalities help each individual person. Lifestyle choices are important and often changes here have amazing results. Additionally, integrative care can be conventional allopathic treatment (traditional western medicine) as well as complementary care (which can include therapies such as acupuncture, osteopathy, herbal therapies and mindfulness practice).
Integrative Medicine and Functional Medicine approach health by looking at the whole person, not just a single organ or body system. The focus is to make improvements in all areas of a patient’s life: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and social.