What is Integrative Personalised healthcare?
The practice of Integrative Personalised healthcare is a patient centred system of healthcare that seeks to provide the best possible personalised health solutions utilising an integrative approach.
The Integrative approach draws from traditional and complementary medicine philosophy and modalities, emperical wisdom and knowledge, the latest evidenced based innovations in healthcare , modern science and technology and the latest functional medicine testing.
The term Integrative Medicine or Integrative healthcare was coined due to the re-emergence of the complementary or alternative medicine to describe a practice of combining both orthodox medical practices and complementary medicine for healthcare, I guess you could say it is applying the best of both worlds in order to give the best possible treatment for the patient at hand.
Is it a new concept?
Even though the term Integrative Medicine seems relatively new, the practice of Integrative Medicine dates back to early healers such as the Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, and other innovators such as BJ Palmer the father of Chiropractic where it was common practice to integrate treatments to give the best possible healthcare for their patients. I guess you could say this is a sign of a true healer, one who continues in search to better their practices in order to help their patients with the most appropriate noninvasive, safest treatment possible. An Integrative Medicine Practitioner is therefore one who utilises the best of Orthodox and complementary medicine whether it be by cross referral, or by direct application. Usually this kind of Practitioner has been exposed to many modalities and understands the benefits, application and limitations of these practices.
The Integrative Personalised approach .
The integrative personalised approach to healthcare can vary from practitioner to practitioner however most proponents of the system would agree that it is all about understanding the individual and applying a tailor made system of healthcare to best suit the patient and to improve patient outcomes. In order to enable understanding of the individual one must perform the latest functional and genetic testing and assessment to evaluate the person needs and then apply a program based on the evidence.