Integrative Medicine

Integrative medicine is an approach to care that puts the patient at the center, utilizing evidence-based conventional and functional medicine modalities to addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health. Employing a personalized strategy that considers the patient’s unique conditions, needs and circumstances, it uses the most appropriate medical and functional interventions to heal illness and disease and help people regain and maintain optimum health.


Integrative medicine is grounded in the definition of health. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” 



Through personalizing care, integrative medicine goes beyond the treatment of symptoms to address all the causes of an illness. In doing so, the patient’s immediate health needs as well as the effects of the long-term and complex interplay between biological, behavioral, psychosocial and environmental influences are taken into account. 


The defining principles of integrative medicine are:

  • The patient and physician are partners in the healing process.

  • All factors that influence health, wellness and disease are taken into consideration, including body, mind, spirit and community.

  • Providers use all healing sciences to facilitate the body’s innate healing response.

  • Effective interventions that are natural and less invasive are used whenever possible.

  • Good medicine is based in good science. It is inquiry driven and open to new paradigms.

  • Alongside the concept of treatment, the broader concepts of health promotion and the prevention of illness are paramount.

  • The care is personalized to best address the individual’s unique conditions, needs and circumstances. Practitioners of integrative medicine exemplify its principles and commit themselves to self-exploration and self-development.

  • Conventional medicines are used only when necessary, and with the intent of using them for a short period of time, while the underlying condition is being treated. 


In addition to addressing and handling the immediate health problem(s) as well as the deeper causes of the disease or illness, integrative medicine strategies also focus on prevention and foster the development of healthy behaviors and skills for effective self-care that patients can use throughout their lives. 


Dr. Carrie Mousseau, MD heads our NaturalStart Integrative program. She is is an internal medicine physician, who has worked for over 14 years incorporating alternative medicine with mainstream medical practice. She supports patients who are seeking support with medication management, while still addressing the underlying root cause. She also supports patients who prefer an integrative approach to their primary care. Read more about Dr. Carrie and the programs offered at NaturalStart Medicine. 

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