Hippocrates said: "It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has."
In ancient times Hippocrates knew that a person’s illness included much more than their body and that the whole person needed to be addressed.
Integrative medicine is a whole-person approach — designed to treat the person, not just the disease. There is a partnership between the patient and the doctor, where the goal is to treat the mind, body, and spirit, all at the same time.
Integrative Medicine is “complementary”, because the practices and treatments are proven and recommended by mainstream medicine rather than a replacement to traditional medicine.
"Patients want to be considered whole human beings in the context of their world," says Esther Sternberg, MD, from the National Institutes of Health.
It is exciting to see the great strides the medical community has made in studying the power of Integrative Medicine.
It is consistent with Hippocrates approach and yoga philosophy: You are more than your body and more than your mind- the entire person must be addressed to improve your health from the inside-out..