Integrative Medicine is holistic patient-centered care that combines the best of conventional treatments with complementary alternative protocols. It isn’t a system based on unproven or unsafe practices. 
When used effectively, these modalities can help reduce symptoms and improve health and wellness, but only with the support of your medical team. You may need to make significant lifestyle changes, such as a diet that is low in sugar and caffeine and incorporating regular exercise into your routine. This type of treatment requires a commitment to the plan, and you will likely need to be open to trying new therapies. You can learn more about the modalities that are part of integrative medicine, and find out whether a particular therapy is right for you, through online research or the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health website.
The Synergy of Wellness: Navigating Integrative Medicine for Holistic Healing
Several studies have shown that patients who are provided with integrative medicine treatment plans are more satisfied than those who do not receive these treatments. One survey found that the patients felt they received “whole person” care, established positive caring relationships with their providers, and that their integrative treatment was a good way to manage their disease.
Patients who receive integrative medicine strategies often report lower levels of pain, depression and fatigue than those who do not use these strategies. However, barriers to implementation of integrative medicine include high costs and lack of caregiver knowledge about the options available. MSK researchers are addressing these barriers by evaluating the cost effectiveness of integrative medicine, developing educational interventions for clinicians and promoting collaborative treatment practice between disciplines.