Integrative medicine combines conventional and alternative, or complementary, medicine, and is often framed as focusing on emotional and even spiritual aspects of health, as well as on physical well-being. In addition to standard medical treatments, integrative medicine practitioners and programs generally incorporate evidence-based dietary changes, supplements, alternative medical techniques, and/or mind-body exercises, such as yoga and meditation, into their program.
A multi-disciplinary integrative medicine team often includes physicians, nutritionists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and professional class instructors. Integrative medical practitioners partner with the patient to provide individualized treatment and prevention of disease and disorders. Whenever feasible, less invasive and more natural interventions are used for healing and health promotion.