What is health or integrative medicine?
“The term integrative medicine has not been coined in France in recent months or years. The concept is in full development in many countries around the world. In the United States, more than thirty medical universities claim to belong to integrative medicine.
The text below is available on the Duke University of North Carolina website.
“That therapists separate the mind from the body is a great mistake of our time when treating human beings” – Plato
The practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the doctor-patient relationship is now called integrative medicine. She is interested in the person as a whole, stays in touch with the evidence and uses all the most appropriate therapeutic approaches, therapists and specialties to access the best care for optimal health.
In a simpler way, it combines medical art with proven and well-selected complementary therapies.
The term integrative medicine is quite new to many people. It is the natural emergence of the mixture of different systems of care and cultures and ideas that are both ancient and modern.
Integrative medicine provides solutions for all periods of the continuum of care.
At one end of the continuum are prevention, diagnostic medical examination, surgery and medicine. This includes physiotherapy, nutrition, movement and sport, psychological care and complementary therapies such as acupuncture, phytotherapy, nutritional supplements, stress management and body and mind intervention techniques.
We often make the mistake of confusing integrative medicine with “complementary medicine” or “alternative medicine”. There is much more. It strongly emphasizes the importance and diagnostic and therapeutic limitations of the best conventional medical treatments and complementary therapies. As far as possible, it favours the least technologically complicated and least costly interventions. All factors that influence health and well-being will be taken into account, including psychosocial factors and the spiritual dimension of the person’s life.
This leads to a partnership between the patient and his different therapists to achieve the best health and care outcome.
Adding complementary treatment to medical treatment
Complementary therapies are often combined for the treatment of cardiovascular disease, cancer and other serious diseases. Scientific research and a wealth of evidence support this approach to health and care. For example, researchers have demonstrated that oriental techniques such as acupuncture, yoga, meditation and visualization can reduce stress and anxiety and improve physiological functioning to achieve a better therapeutic outcome.
In addition to scientific studies and care techniques, the coordination of different therapists is one of the cornerstones of integrative medicine. Your attending physician, surgeon, nurse, nutritionist, masseur and acupuncturist work in unison with you to achieve your health goals.
(Website: www.santeintegrative.com, accessed December 1, 2018)
A quick biography
Born of a naturopathic mother (Irène GROSJEAN) and a yoga teacher father, I “fell into the pot” of natural health from an early age.
When it came time to choose a profession, I wanted above all to “help” and “work with the “Human”. I am a scientist by training and Medicine has imposed itself on me to allow me to analyze, understand and advance knowledge.
However, throughout my studies, then as a general practitioner and then as an emergency doctor and then as a community health practitioner, I felt a deep, almost visceral need to “connect” the worlds of “western medicine” and “traditional medicines” in the sense of the WHO (World Health Organization).
Why do we have to “choose” between one medicine or another, because we are users of the health system – citizens of one country or another?
Why deprive ourselves of the benefits, when they are proven, of this or that complementary health care and practices?
So I decided to train in medicine AND naturopathy, one of our traditional Western medicine.
As a priority to make the link and increase my possibilities of helping people.
But also to be an interpreter-translator of languages, sometimes so far away, from these different approaches to care.
And, above all, in order to enable those who place their trust in me to benefit from an openness to the world worthy of the 21st century
To be continued…
Sylvie GROSJEAN RASMUSSON.