Integrative Medicine recognises that each animal is unique. Their physiology, biochemistry and structure are individual just as how your pet reacts to its physical and social environment, and how foods and medicines have an effect.
Integrative Medicine is the evolution of conventional medicine by combining with other medical traditions, often called Alternative Medicine or Complimentary Medicine. In Integrative Medicine we are not using these techniques as “alternatives” but they are integrated into our management to maximise the health and healing that is possible in each case. We use diet, herbal medicine, nutritional supplements, acupuncture and physical therapies to enhance the body’s natural ability to heal.
We base our treatments on evidence-based research from Functional Medicine. We use the understanding that has developed from this model of molecular biology to move away from being confined by a pathological model of medicine. This physiological model of medicine understands how bodily function is interrelated to many factors like our diet and the environment and society we live in. We focus on understanding the fundamental physiological processes, the environmental inputs, and the genetic predispositions that influence health and disease. Most importantly, interventions are therefore focused on treating the cause of the problem, not just masking the symptoms.
Integrative Medicine recognises that good medicine is based on good science that is evidence-based and open to new paradigms.
Integrative Medicine means that we are not committed to one model of medicine, for example Western or homeopathic medicine. Each model tries to fit us into boxes, which restricts our range of understanding and our way of treating a problem. Sometimes this works well, but all too often this doesn’t aid a return to optimum health and vitality and sometimes will even make the problem worse.
Integrative Medicine uses the skill and precision of Western scientific diagnosis that is so often lacking in Alternative Medicine and combines this with the pattern recognition diagnosis of Tibetan and Chinese Medicine.
This enables us to understand the causes and conditions that have triggered and formed imbalances that present as a “disease”. This often enables us to intervene before a disease has fully developed. By using the modalities of herbal medicine, medicines that we have actually evolved with, alongside acupuncture, nutrition, exercise and physical therapies, we can commonly choose a therapy that is gentler on the body and is less damaging to the environment. Where appropriate, we prefer to choose a natural medicine that is less expensive and less invasive to medicines that have adverse impacts on our bodies and our environment.