Frequently Asked Questions
What is Traditional Medicine and what is Integrative
Traditional medicine in the United States
refers to Western, Allopathic medicine. It is founded on the
principles of scientific research and clinical trials, resulting
in evidence-based medicine. Integrative Medicine is an
established medical discipline that includes Western Medicine
but also embraces complementary therapies such as acupuncture, nutrition, massage and mind-body therapies that
also have shown to be very beneficial for particular conditions.
Integrative Medicine brings a broad approach to the
and scope of medical care by incorporating, when appropriate and
desired by a patient, complementary therapies that can optimize
healing results, foster preventative health, and improve one's
efforts at health maintenance.
Do all the doctors at the Center practice Integrative
All the doctors and providers at the
Center are interested in providing the best possible care for
their patients. They are pleased to be in a medical setting
that supports patients in many different ways by providing
health care options not typically found in a medical center:
acupuncture, massage, counseling, and mind-body therapies that
help patients heal and reduce stress. While each
individual doctor focuses on his or her area of
expertise, together they create an integrative setting. In
addition, there are some specific doctors at the Center who
take a very integrative approach to complex issues such as
chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, tick-borne and related illnesses,
migraines, chronic pain, and depression, among others.
Call the Center if you have any questions about which
practitioner might be the right match for you needs and
If I see more than one provider at the Center will
they share my medical information?
Yes, if you want,
and request, them to. Many patients find this very helpful.
Working under one roof, practitioners can easily share
information that can optimize your care.
What are Complementary Therapies?
Complementary therapies is an umbrella term for a number of
disciplines that are used in tandem with standard medical
practice. Collectively, these therapies include acupuncture,
massage, ayurveda, clinical hypnosis, mind-body therapies,
stress reduction techniques, and energy-based therapies, among
The public’s interest and use of complementary therapies has
been on the rise for years. Along with increased use, there has
been increased interest in their effectiveness by the public,
researchers and medical practitioners. More and more doctors are
studying complementary therapies, referring patients out to
skilled practitioners for these therapies, or learning
techniques themselves and incorporating them into their medical
practice. They are also paying attention to the connections
between one’s mind and one’s body, something that many healing
therapists have been focused on for a long time.
More information is available from the
Institute of Health Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)