Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, of Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine, shares her best advice for understanding integrative health.
In layman’s terms, how would you define “integrative health”?
Integrative medicine takes a whole-person approach to healing. It combines the best health options from multiple systems and vantage point of medicine to give a will-rounded perspective on any given health issue. It’s a “deep dive” into a person’s current health concerns, history, and nutritional factors, as well as mental and physical health.
These all factor in when symptoms of disease and illness present themselves. Treatment looks different for each individual based on his or her needs. Rather than rejecting one system of medicine over another, the focus is on integrating care to bring patients to the center – or heart – of their issues. It is the future of medicine.