Integrative Medicine (IM) is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies.
The Defining Principles of Integrative Medicine
Patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process.
All factors that influence health, wellness, and disease are taken into consideration, including mind, spirit, and community, as well as the body.
Appropriate use of both conventional and alternative methods facilitates the body’s innate healing response.
Effective interventions that are natural and less invasive should be used whenever possible.
Integrative medicine neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically.
Good medicine is based in good science. It is inquiry-driven and open to new paradigms.
Alongside the concept of treatment, the broader concepts of health promotion and the prevention of illness are paramount.
Practitioners of integrative medicine should exemplify its principles and commit themselves to self-exploration and self-development.
Guided Seated Meditation Video Calm/Relaxed This Meditation is from Gautama’s Anāpānasati Sutta great mindfulness of breath meditation. It is a staple of mindfulness meditations and one I have practiced frequently […]
The one thing that is with us every moment we are alive is our Mind. Whether it is conscious or unconscious we have thoughts and programs always running while we are awake and while we are sleeping. We are aware of some and unaware of most of those thoughts, though we do have the ability to watch how we are thinking.
A meditation from the Buddist Mindfulness of Breath cannon, judging breath, is a great mindfulness activity. This engages the ever-present discriminating Mind with a simple exercise of judging your breath.
This is an old meditative technique. It is relaxing and helps to bridge the gap from your meditative sessions so that you can bring your seated meditative techniques out into the world of your normal waking states.