Integrative medicine (IM) is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies.
Integrative medicine neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically. Instead, practitioners are taught that good medicine is based on good science; it is inquiry-driven and open to new modalities of healing. Effective interventions that are natural, less invasive, and more cost-effective should be used whenever possible. Alongside the concepts of treatment, the broader concepts of health promotion and the prevention of illness are paramount.
Launched in Oct., 2012, the Integrative Health Center was DMG's first step into Integrative Medicine, and it is the first primary care health center that follows the vision of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Andrew Weil with Dr. Kote Chundu,
CEO and President of DMG.