What is Integrative Medicine? The best answer to this question is the answer given by the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine Center. The Center 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.
Dr. Mosquera is one of the earliest graduates at the University of Arizona Medical School Program in. Integrative Medicine and remained on teaching staff as an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine with the Program.
The Defining Principles of Integrative Medicine are as follows:
- Patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process.
- All factors that influence health, wellness, and disease are taken into consideration, including mind, spirit, and community, as well as the body.
- Appropriate use of both conventional and alternative methods facilitates the body’s innate healing response.
- Effective interventions that are natural and less invasive should be used whenever possible.
- Integrative medicine neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically.
- Good medicine is based in good science. It is inquiry-driven and open to new paradigms.
- Alongside the concept of treatment, the broader concepts of health promotion and the prevention of illness are paramount.
- Practitioners of Integrative Medicine should exemplify its principles and commit themselves to self-exploration and self-development.
Nutritional Medicine is the application of “food as medicine” creating innovative treatment plans individually designed for each patient and their condition. Optimal conventional medicine must also be part of the treatment plan.
When Nutritional Medicine is offered, a patient’s diet along with supplements, vitamins, and lifestyle are adjusted and given in a safe, effective, and scientifically proven formulas.
This will also include patient education, which is culturally sensitive, and counseling, which empowers the patient to stay on a healing course.
Education in Nutritional Medicine includes learning to read food labeling, selecting whole foods, which are less contaminated, and learning how to eat “mindfully”.
Often, Nutritional Medicine is combined with additional therapies such as Botanical Medicine and Mycomedicinals, which offer safe and effective results when taken in a standardized dose prescribed by a qualified practitioner.
Adding mind body therapies such as guided imagery can also be helpful in Nutritional Medicine.
Mind, Body, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy
Mind-Body is a well-established connection over three decades where medical studies have confirmed how the power of the mind can influence every major body system from respiratory, cardiac, to our immune and endocrine functions.
Mind-Body techniques such as Guided Imagery, Relaxation Responses, Mindfulness, Meditation, and hypnotherapy are widely used as very successful methods to heal many conditions. Self-healing can and does occur with these mind-body techniques. Dr. Mosquera personally utilizes such techniques as Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Guided Imagery, which are especially useful in preparing for surgery, anxiety, headaches, and chronic pain.
Patients with immune system disorders, cardiac disease, and chronic arthritic disease, and even cancers have benefited from Mind-Body therapies.