Evidence-based medicine is one of the cornerstones of the 21st century. The evidence base for wellness practice, as in all clinical areas, comes from controlled, randomized clinical trials. Disease management efforts identify and focus on those with chronic illness. Improving the health of those with chronic disease, as well as those in the population at large, is consistent with a healthy society and the World Health Organization’s Healthy People 2020 Goal. Wellness is an experience to be discovered and lived each and every day. Wellness enhances the interrelationship of body, mind, and spirit. Integrative medicine practice draws upon the best evidence available from allopathic, complementary and alternative medicine offering patients credible information to make informed decisions about their health and well-being. Integrative medicine promotes health and wellness because it empowers the patient to assume responsibility for one’s state of health.
The Integrative Health Forum and European Health Forum, an alliance of wellness consultants representing the health professions worldwide, is the vehicle to disseminate the message of wellness and the environment. The goal of the IHF is to create the evidence base for wellness practice, and to take that message to the masses. Integrative Medicine is the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing. We have embraced this mission – and we are proud to share it with like-minded professionals.
Healthy living doesn't happen at our physician’s office. The road to better health is paved with the small decisions we make every day. And, those decisions are simplified when total wellness is a part of the picture.
Our bodies are electromechanical units. When all of its systems are in balance with one another – all is good! But, when one key area such as the endocrine, immune, or metabolic system is not working at full speed, we must take action. A group of licensed health professionals take action each and every day – they recommend the concept of a wellness environment to those seeking balance in life and in health. As an interdisciplinary team, they are able to visualize the inner workings of the body and make recommendations to clients and colleagues that integrate the best of East and West. The model is based on the concept that the human body is coping with the environment on a daily basis - and that the environment may be dangerous to one’s health
A crisis exists today. Millions of people are unwell, suffering from the stresses that are part of modern living: lack of sleep, poor nutrition (and obesity), exposure to dangerous pollutants, no exercise, time pressures. And people — millions of people — are looking for solutions. We have the solutions, and the members of the Integrative Health Forum, representing an interdisciplinary healthcare team, administrators and more – is quickly closing the gap.
Complementary and Alternative Health
Integrative medicine combines the best of conventional and complementary and alternative (CAM) approaches of care to address the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of health and illness. The primary goal of integrative medicine is to allow one to experience optimal vitality and wellness.
Complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine. An example of a complementary therapy is using aromatherapy in which the scent of essential oils from flowers, herbs, and trees is inhaled to promote health and well-being. to help lessen a patient's discomfort following surgery.
Alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine. An example of an alternative therapy is using a special diet to treat cancer instead of undergoing surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy that has been recommended by a conventional doctor.