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Integrative Medicine Ready to Take Forefront in New Treatment Options
Integrative Medicine engages the patient as a partner in healing while utilizing the most
appropriate resources in conventional and alternative medicine healing methodologies.
Integrative medicine developed in the 1990’s, largely as a result of many alternative therapies
being introduced into medical practices. Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil, and Prince Charles
helped to popularize the term integrative medicine and its concepts.
The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine was founded in 1999. In
2013, the Consortium numbered 56 members, including Johns Hopkins University School of
Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine, and
the Mayo Clinic.
The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine defines integrative
medicine as "the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between
practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use
of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve
optimal health and healing".
Further demonstrating the growing acceptance of integrative medicine, the American Board of
Physician Specialties, announced in June 2013 that in 2014 it is slated to begin accrediting
doctors in integrative medicine. This organization awards board certification to medical doctors
in the U.S. and as such, provides a uniform benchmark for credibility and best practices within
many medical disciplines.
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.
· Care addresses the whole person—body, mind, and spirit in the context of community.
· Appropriate healing sciences to facilitate the body's innate healing response are utilized.
· Effective interventions that are natural and less invasive are used whenever possible.
· Good medicine is based in good science. Therefore, integrative medicine is inquiry-driven and
open to new care modalities.
· In addition to the concept of treatment, the broader concepts of health promotion and the
prevention of illness are paramount.
Benefits of Integrative Medicine
The patient and doctor establish an active partnership in healing. Integrative medicine seeks to
treat the whole person, addressing health, lifestyles and root causes. Only by examining the
entire complex nature of contributing factors can root causes be identified and properly treated.
Integrative medicine is a transformative process, rather than a temporary fix for secondary
health risks. Many Western medical treatment approaches treat symptoms, not root causes.
One of the most immediate benefits from integrative medicine is the reduction in side effects
from costly pharmaceuticals.
Practice partner Sean Devlin, HMD, DO at Sierra Integrative is constantly engaged in making
patients healthier, happier and more fit for a fulfilled life. “Each day at Sierra Integrative we see
patients getting a new handle on their own health, taking guided corrective steps and healing.
We are documenting new treatment options that in the long term we hope will provide overall
improved medical choices.”
Why Choose Integrative Medicine
Integrative medicine offers a holistic treatment approach that minimizes negative side effects
and undesirable impacts. It is based on treating root causes and as such has a very high success
rate. Patients are engaged in the process, not passive recipients. Many patients come to
integrative medicine because conventional medicine has failed.
Dr. Bruce Fong, HMD, DO, Medical Director at Sierra Integrative Medical Center in Reno Nevada,
notes, “The overwhelming reason patients come to Sierra Integrative is the lack of successful
treatment using conventional methods.”
Emerging autoimmune diseases and disorders do not have known cures within conventional
medicine. Integrative medicine offers practitioners the opportunity to use the best resources
within conventional and alternative medicine. Integrative medicine is developing treatment
plans, which provide relief and hope to Lyme disease, HIV, cancer and heavy metal toxicity.
Integrative medicine plans are consistently less invasive than entirely allopathic medicine.
At the end of day, "Patients want to be considered whole human beings in the context of their
world," says Esther Sternberg, MD, a National Institutes of Health senior scientist and author of
The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions.
Learn more about Sierra Integrative by visiting www.SierraIntegrative.com or call 775-828-5388.
About Sierra Integrative Medical Center
Sierra Integrative Medical Center (SIMC) optimizes health service by drawing from all schools of
medicine. SIMC utilizes scientifically proven conventional treatments in combination with
alternative therapies that are designed to strengthen the body so it can heal itself.
Services are designed to provide a holistic healing approach with a broad range of healing
modalities, including but not limited to homeopathy, natural and biological medicines,
behavioral medicine, nutritional therapies, orthomolecular integration and neurotherapy.
If you have a specific request, please contact SIMC to discuss your health treatment or