The integrative medical approach helps the whole person, not just one aspect or part. This means that the physician recognizes a patient's mind, body, and soul overlap and affect each other; therefore, they must all be treated and dealt with together, not in isolation. Through this holistic approach, the patient, doctor and family can work as a cohesive unit, both preventing and treating issues as they arise. In order to do this, the doctor looks at the whole patient, and even beyond at his/her family and environment. When applied to pediatrics, this can help set up a child for a lifetime of healthy living.
Integrative pediatrics focuses not only on the child but also on the family. The family is an integral part of the child’s development, affecting both health and happiness. By working with the office, the family can:
- Gain an open, trusted working relationship with staff and doctor
- Get assistance and help caring for the new baby
- Learn to create a healthy environment for the child