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Integrative medicine (IM) as 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. This holistic appoach combines modern medicine with established practices from around the world with proven practices from other healing traditions, integrative practitioners are better able to relieve suffering, reduce stress, and maintain the well-being of their patients.
Integrative medicine (IM) - "emphasizes wellness and healing of the entire person (bio-psycho-socio-spiritual dimensions) as primary goals, drawing on both conventional and complementary and alternative (CAM) approaches in the context of a supportive and effective physician-patient relationship" (Bell et al Archives of Internal Medicine 162: 133–140)