What is Integrative Medicine?
Integrative Medicine is a movement in North America, China and other countries around the world to combine mainstream medical therapies and CAM therapies for there is high quality scientific evidence and efficacy.
Conventional medicine is what is found in most hospitals and medical clinics and is usually provided by M.D.'s, D.O.'s and other allied health professionals.
CAM is short for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. CAM encompasses a diverse group of medical and health care systems practices and products not typically considered part of mainstream medicine. For more information please refer to https://nccam.nih.gov
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances which encourage the person's inherent self-healing process, the vis medicatrix nature. Here in Connecticut, ND's (Naturopathic physicians/ doctors) are considered specialists and do not have prescription rights however, as part of our medical training, we learn about pharmacology of the most common pharmaceutical medications, as well as, botanical medicines. The practice of Naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, evidence based and empirical methods along with diagnostic modalities such as laboratory testing and imaging. Therapies within Naturopathic medicine can include nutritional medicine, botanical medicine, Naturopathic physical medicine, lifestyle and dietary counseling, minor surgery (not in CT), Intravenous injection therapy (also not allowed in CT), homeopathy, physiotherapy and/or hydrotherapy.
Naturopathic Tenets (Foundations of Practice) are:
The healing power of Nature
Identify and Treat the Cause
First Do No Harm
Doctor as Teacher
Treat the Whole Person
What is Chinese Medicine?
Chinese medicine is a medical system developed over thousands of years. It is based on the concept of disease resulting from imbalances in the yin and yang of the body and/or disruption of the flow of qi. It is a whole body medicine that recognizes that the body, mind and spirit are all connected and related to each other. Treatments within Chinese medical practice may include Chinese herbs, Chinese dietetics, lifestyle changes, Qigong or Taiji and/or acupuncture.