How is Integrative Medicine different from Conventional Medicine?

Although integrative providers often consult with patients that already have significant disease, prevention is practiced while halting existing disease progression, or better yet reversing disease; is ultimately the goal of therapy.  Many patients we evaluate are healthy without manifestation of disease and want to maintain their current level of health.  Typically they seek recommendations on supplements, lifestyle, nutrition, and disease surveillance.  The treatment plan often includes recommendations on a realistic, attainable nutritive diet, cardiovascular and resistance exercise, restorative sleep and stress reduction.  A significant amount of the visit includes education on evidence-based research and systematic reviews surrounding their particular condition.  The patient provider relationship is truly a partnership, whereas they identify achievable and attainable goals, evaluated and measured in a stepwise approach.