Integrative Medicine

Andrew Weil MD

The core of the integrative medicine philosophy is that there is a healing partnership between patient and physician.  This is a way of practicing medicine that, like functional medicine, takes into account the whole human being.  Because it does, integrative practitioners take time to get to know you, to learn what your life priorities are and to work in true partnership in your healing journey.

The Arizona Center of Integrative Medicine founded by pioneer Andrew Weil, MD, (see video) defines 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.

Two of the Defining Principles of Integrative Medicine:

  1. Patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process.

  2. All factors that influence health, wellness, and disease are taken into consideration, including mind, spirit, and community, as well as the body.

Integrative medicine training is, as of 2018, taught in 70 medical residency programs.  The original fellowship, started in 1997, was the first to formally establish the discipline of IM and now totals 1855 graduates and current fellows combined who have, in turn, started IM programs all over the world.  Other programs for providers are being used at over 79 sites around the US, including Alina offering it to its 25,000 employees.

Dr. Herbert is a 2008 graduate and Bravewell Fellow of the University of Arizona Center of Integrative Medicine.  She passed the first ever physician specialty Board Examination in Integrative Medicine in 2014.

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