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Why Integrative Medicine Matters

Integrative MedicineAndrew Weil, M.D., the founder and leading proponent of the concept of Integrative Medicine, gave the definitive answer about why Integrative Medicine matters so much during a 2012 interview with Philadelphia Magazine’s “Be Well Philly” feature.

According to Dr. Weil, the present healthcare system in the United States:

  • Is far too expensive
  • Emphasizes disease treatment over disease prevention
  • Does not keep people well
  • Offers little motivation for people to take good care of themselves

The principles that underlie Integrative Medicine address each of these issues, Dr. Weil told Philadelphia Magazine via email.

He wrote: “Integrative medicine, with its focus on diet and lifestyle measures to prevent disease and promote health, is the most practical way to transform our healthcare system and bring lower-cost, health-enhancing treatments into the mainstream for all to benefit from.”

The principles of Integrative Medicine focus on:

  • The development of a partnership between the patient and the practitioner
  • Taking into consideration all factors that influence health, wellness, and disease – including mind, body, and spirit
  • Using conventional as well as complementary and alternative methods of treatment to facilitate the body’s innate healing response
  • Giving appropriate consideration to the use of less-invasive and less-harmful interventions, when possible, while addressing the whole person in addition to the disease
  • Embracing the concept that medicine is based on sound science, is inquiry-driven and open to critical consideration of new paradigms

This is the logical direction of modern medicine, and the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM) enables ABOIM Diplomates to demonstrate their mastery of the core competencies required to provide the best care possible.

To learn more, contact the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS). The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.