Published by Massage Magazine
Integrative medicine is often seen in our culture to be for the wealthy, involving expensive supplements and treatments that low-income patients cannot afford.
Yet, many integrative treatments are not only more effective but also more cost-efficient.
In fact, many community clinics and other practices are already successfully using these strategies with underserved populations.
There are many different definitions of integrative medicine, but to many people, integrative health care is, first and foremost, holistic.
Holistic means addressing all of the various aspects of health, including nutrition, physical activity, spirituality, resilience, environment, relationships and sleep.
It also means building a partnership with patients, so that improving health is a collaborative process that is empowering and meets the individual’s needs.
A holistic focus is on wellness, prevention of illness and nurturing the body’s ability to heal itself whenever possible using a wide variety of modalities.
It is important for the underserved to have access to integrative health care.
I would argue that it is even more essential that the poor and marginalized have access to integrative health care than those with more resources and privilege.