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From Sharp Health News, a publication of Sharp HealthCare

Integrative medicine is an approach to health care that addresses physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental wellness. It combines conventional care and holistic aspects of Eastern medicine.

What are the benefits of integrative medicine?

Some patients are drawn to the more natural, less invasive treatments associated with integrative medicine. It promotes better tolerance of unpleasant symptoms and often uses less pharmaceutical medication than traditional treatment.

What are some common examples of alternative therapies used in an integrative approach?

Some common techniques include music, pet or art therapy, massage and meditation. Guided imagery, acupuncture, aromatherapy, reflexology and Healing Touch are also options.

How can mental and social wellness have a positive impact on our health?

People respond differently to illness, and some have trouble coping with these challenges. The support of family, friends, practitioners and community help us maintain a positive outlook, which aids the healing process.

What are a few things we can do to promote our own mental and social wellness?

Practice a positive, self-help mentality and focus on maintaining wellness before illness strikes. Regular physical exercise, deep breathing techniques, yoga and meditation are excellent practices to do routinely.


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