Overview of Alternative and Integrative Medicine
Integrative medicine combines modern medicine with complementary health services – such as acupuncture and massage – to heal both biological and psychological problems. Integrative medicine can be beneficial for treating a wide range of conditions, including those that haven't responded to normal treatments.
Integrative medicine may include botanical and nutritional supplements, acupuncture, massage, journaling, relaxation and breathing techniques, guided imagery, spiritual support, and lifestyle modifications such as stress management, nutrition, exercise and sleep.
Many conditions may benefit from alternative and integrative medicine. Some common conditions include:
- Digestive issues
- Neurological disorders
- Pain management
- Pre- and post-operative care
- Stress and anxiety
- Headaches and migraines