Complementary care combines the best of alternative therapies — such as acupuncture, massage, meditation, herbs and nutrition — with conventional medicine to promote good health and treat illness.
Generally, alternative medicine is defined as treatments used in place of conventional medicine, while complementary medicine involves alternative practices used together with conventional medicine.
A third category called integrative medicine combines mainstream medical treatments with alternative therapies that have been studied and determined to be safe and effective.
An integrative medicine consultation can be helpful to anyone seeking an individualized and comprehensive healing plan for treatment of a variety of symptoms and condition. Consultations are conducted by board-certified medical doctors, trained in both conventional and complementary medicine. Some of the conditions that can benefit from an integrative medicine consultation include: