Integrative (or: integrated) medicine broadens the perspective of the regular medicine practice. Advocates of Integrative medicine describe it as an approach geared towards total health for a client. All experience-based healing methods are candidates for application, at least in principle. The method stresses the importance of a reciprocal client-practitioner relationship. The proponents stress that Integrative medicine is much more than just complementary or alternative medicine.
Whatever the chosen scope, in practice we see that Integrative medicine is a well-intended combination of regular allopathic and complementary medicine. The focus is on the physical and the energetic body. In some cases, the mental body is also included; still, the traditional division between allopathy and psychology is often still noticeable here. For example, the mind-body medicine is sometimes seen as part of Integrated medicine, but not always. The spiritual body (the connection with the higher Self) is usually not included in Integrative medicine.
Integrative medicine as framework focuses on health, not on illness. Still, the approach is still largely aimed at “repairing what is wrong”, rather than on prevention of illness. The word “medicine” clearly implies the need for a remedy. The distinction lies in the fact that illness is not the starting point, which it is still is in regular medicine. The primary key with Integrative medicine is the rediscovery of total health.