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What is the difference between complementary medicine and integrative medicine?
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Integrative Medicine
Integrative medicine is 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. These other therapies may be "complementary" or "alternative" in nature, but can be blended in treating the person.

In brief: Integrative Medicine
Integrative medicine is 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. These other therapies may be "complementary" or "alternative" in nature, but can be blended in treating the person.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Semantics
Complementary implies "in addition to" conventional med; integrative is a seamless blend of both.

In brief: Semantics
Complementary implies "in addition to" conventional med; integrative is a seamless blend of both.
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
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Dr. Steven Vasilev
Gynecology - Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Very similar
Complementary medicine generally means using techniques which "complement" or help while using standard Western medicine treatment.
For example, treatment of pain with acupuncture. Integrative medicine is a bit broader in recommending use of the best science supported natural remedies & lifestyle for longer term health while using the best of mainstream Western medicine to get you out of trouble.

In brief: Very similar
Complementary medicine generally means using techniques which "complement" or help while using standard Western medicine treatment.
For example, treatment of pain with acupuncture. Integrative medicine is a bit broader in recommending use of the best science supported natural remedies & lifestyle for longer term health while using the best of mainstream Western medicine to get you out of trouble.
Dr. Steven Vasilev
Dr. Steven Vasilev
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