Integrative Medicine uses what it considers the best of both traditional Western medicine with alternative procedures, including non- Western medicine including acupuncture and acupressure, homeopathy, herbal, Reiki, Flower Essences, nutraceutical vitamins, and other nutritional supplements, etc.
Much of the common sense theory behind this approach is that while for certain life-threatening conditions one should immediately use the allopathic approach, it would be beneficial to stay away from the common pharmaceutical approach for many other symptoms and conditions
This is especially true for conditions like many colds and flu-like symptoms. While pharmaceuticals might quickly eliminate the symptoms, there is often a side-effect, because while symptoms are reduced, the root of the underlying condition still exists.
An alternative approach might be to endeavor to improve and enhance one’s immune system by taking certain supplements and vitamins, and changing certain lifestyle behaviors.
In many parts of the world, physicians will often recommend homeopathy and homeopathic remedies for these type of non-threatening ailments, because they work on building the body’s ability to be stronger and more immune to the underlying causes.
Many advocates of alternative, integrative, and wellness philosophy attest that they have observed that patients treated with Integrative Medicine are proven to seldom repeat exhibiting the same disorders or conditions such as colds.
Possibly, the real concern of Integrative Medicine is to convince people to returning to traditions of health and healing long thought obsolete due to our technological advances. With it, the promotion of essential, holistic, relationship-centered care in the contemporary society will no longer be impossible. This can only be accomplished best through developing good listening attitude, tolerance, and cultural fluency for the medicinal world’s sake.