What is Integrative Medicine? The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine defines integrative medicine (IM) as "healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative". Integrative Medicine is a holistic alternative that makes use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies.   CAM therapies include, but are not limited to massage, reiki, traditional Chinese medicine, phytotherapy, yoga, shiatsu, biofeedback, chiropractic, hypnosis, homeopathy, naturopathy, art therapies, etc. This evolution in thinking has brought holistic alternative healing modalities to be included with conventional, mainstream medicine.  It is a growing practice in today’s MD offices to include a ND (naturopathic doctor) on staff to address the growing demand from their patients.  A Wikipedia definition renders integrative medicine ‘a combination of orthodox and complementary medicine’.   Dr. Andrew Weil, a leading proponent of integrative medicine, does not give an overall endorsement to holistic alternative medicine, but champions combining conventional and alternative therapies.  Overall, he is a proponent of the use of plants and feels they are safer and present fewer problems than some pharmaceuticals.  He has also written extensively about the healing properties of mushrooms.  In 1994, Dr.Weil founded the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.    One of the defining principals of The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine is a renewed partnership between patient and practitioner which considers all factors that produce health, wellness and disease.  Their goal is to contribute scientific research combining complementary and alternative therapies with conventional medicine.   The Mayo Clinic home page notes that 40% of U.S. adults report using complementary and holistic alternative medicine.   According to the Nutrition Business Journal in 2009, the U.S. market for integrative medicine was valued at approximately 45$ billion. The Consortium for Academic Health Centers’ mission for integrative medicine is “to advance the principles and practices of integrative healthcare within academic institutions.” According to, some of the most common CAM therapies for adults include massage, meditation, yoga and an assortment of natural products.  68% of adults have used at least one kind of alternative or complementary therapy according to    All Things Healing promotes and supports integrative medicine with information updated weekly in article and video form. Visit us online regularly!  

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Sarah used Traditional Chinese Medicine for leg numbness.


A couple of weeks following routine arthroscopic surgery on my left knee when I was 35, my leg went numb from the knee down. I went to see the orthopedic surgeon and he didn't know why it had gone numb, and couldn't recommend any treatment...



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by Dr. Stephen P. Weiss

Alternative Medical Practitioners understand that patients labeled with the IBS “diagnosis” are often done a disservice, because they frequently do suffer from a treatable condition that has gone undiagnosed, sometimes for years...


Editor's Note: As a gynecologist I see so many women who have had surgery or have been placed on medications for abdominopelvic pain that turns out to be irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This article sheds some light on the topic and what can be done about it.


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These days, the idea of “quality” in health care is on everyone’s mind. Health care providers are more accountable than ever before for the quality of the care they give. In short, the more effectively and efficiently providers can take care of patients, the more money they will receive from the government. If care doesn’t measure up, then the providers face reduced payments and penalties...


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by Dr. Shawn Tassone

This exercise will bring you and your baby together through the breath of life.  In this exercise you will be bring guiding your breath through your lungs and circulatory system into that of your baby and then the baby will give you its waste and carbon dioxide to exhale...






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by Laura Owens

It's become almost an epidemic for people to feel chronically anxious, irritable or unfocused. For some, chronic anxiety can become debilitating. Low levels of GABA, gamma-aminobutyric acid, may be the culprit. A GABA deficiency can directly impact a person's ability to handle day to day or long term stress...




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by Dr. David Hanscom, MD
Guest Editor of Integrative Medicine

Almost every person I speak with who is suffering with chronic pain is also experiencing extreme adversity in the rest of his or her life. The stories I hear each day are mind-boggling. They include abuse, murder, family suicides, extreme financial struggles, homelessness…the list goes on and on. The anger I hear from my patients as they tell me their stories is more than legitimate...



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by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD

A few weeks ago I received an angry note from a person who considers himself a naturalist attacking me for suggesting that someone might safely eat bacon, occasionally. I would remind him that people 100 years ago ate far more unhealthy food than bacon...



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 by Robert Pendergrast, MD

Chamomile tea is one of my most frequent recommendations for herbal medications. It has been used for generations in cultures from Europe to Latin America and has a long track record for safety. It is one of the few herbs I regularly recommend for young children...


Editor's Note: Chamomile tea is a favorite in my home and with my patients.  Read and see its many uses.


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by Gerald Bruno, PhD

I have taken the liberty of describing alpha lipoic acid as the “miracle molecule” because it is among the most valuable nutritional supplements we can take for our over-all well-being.  I believe that alpha lipoic acid ascends to the “miracle” level because it has a wide spectrum of biological activities that are useful in treating serious diseases, it is valuable in protecting against the formation or progression of serious diseases, and it can be a major contributor to achieving “healthy aging”...


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by Dr. Jeffrey Tucker, DC, DACRB

It was believed a few years ago that as you get older, after the age of 35, your aerobic capacity starts to decline. It was believed that there was little that could be done about this decline with it being a slow process at first before gaining momentum at the mid forties and plummeting out of control at 60 years of age...


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by Kirsten Welles, LAc

The mind is one of our most powerful resources, and what we do with it makes a difference both for ourselves and for the world in which we live...


Editor’s Note: This article is a companion piece to Bruce Lipton’s video. Both describe how the power of our thoughts can shape our biology and change our susceptibility to disease.


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Use Natural Healing for Anxiety and Panic Disorders

by Luella May

When panic attacks occur, you might think you're losing control, having a heart attack or even dying." That is why it is common for a person experiencing a panic attack to feel that death is imminent. Fortunately, there are some good natural solutions to combat anxiety and panic symptoms.


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