What is Integrative Medicine?
Dr. Andrew Weil, the founder of integrative medicine, defines it as a healing oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind and spirit), including all aspects of a healthy lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between the practitioner and patient and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and complementary medicine. It is a philosophy that neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically. The focus is to use natural, effective, less-invasive interventions whenever possible and to recognize that good medicine is based in good science.
How does an Integrative Medicine Consult work?
Prior to meeting me, you will fill out an extensive questionnaire about your medical history and lifestyle. I will also review any provider notes and testing that you may have had recently. During your first appointment, we will review your history and I will listen to your unique story and goals for treatment. I will make some initial suggestions for interventions based on that initial evaluation. I may also recommend some further testing to get a more complete picture of your current state of health.
During our visits together, I will review with you a personalized holistic wellness plan that will address any chronic medical issues you have in addition to improving your overall health. I will give you recommendations for: nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress reduction, supplements, and botanical medicines. I will apply all appropriate therapies, both conventional and complementary, to facilitate the body's innate healing response.
My goal is to partner with you along your own wellness path.
"I have always believed that the primary function of doctors should be to teach people how not to get sick in the first place. The word "doctor" comes from the Latin word for "teacher". Teaching prevention should be primary; treatment of existing disease, secondary."
- Dr Andrew Weil
Dr Stacey Devine and Dr Andrew Weil
Graduation Day from the University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Fellowship