Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine and integrative health is used by Merle Friedman as a qualified health care practitioner. Merle is licensed by the State of Florida to do diagnostics, prescription and treatment by using the combination of practices and methods of alternative medicine with conventional medicine.

Merle Friedman is a graduate of the Florida College of Integrative Medicine in Orlando with a Master’s Degree of Oriental Medicine, Bachelors Degree of Health Sciences and Bachelors Degree of Clinical and Community Dietetics from The University of Florida. In addition, Merle Friedman has worked as a Health Care Practitioner for over 30 years with expert knowledge in conventional & alternative medicine and Integrative Medicine.

 

What Is Integrative Medicine?

Many people have no idea what Integrative Medicine is, because it’s not simply just one thing – it’s a combination of old and new and variety of approaches and treatments to improve the health of the whole person. It’s considered a holistic movement that recognizes the psychosomatic unity of the person as the vital focal point to improve the quality of life. Integrative Medicine is just beginning to make its’ presence felt in many of the nation’s hospitals, universities, and medical schools.

A patient’s condition is more than the sum of  illnesses. When a patient gets a checkup — this is the starting point where Integrative Medicine, begins. Patients are more connected in different health areas that include treatments from conventional medicine, Chinese Medicine, nutrition, fitness, yoga, tai chi, meditation, and other practices that can help a person live a better quality life with optimal health. Integrative Medicine involves changes in lifestyle to keep up with a consistent balance of different health dimensions.

 

Treating the Whole Person

Both doctors and patients alike are bonding with the philosophy of Integrative Medicine and its’ whole-person approach — designed to treat the person, not just the disease.

Integrative Medicine is a partnership between the patient and the doctor, where the goal is to treat the mind, body, and spirit, all at the same time.

While some of the therapies used may be considered non-conventional medicine, the guiding principle of Integrative Medicine is to use therapies and procedures that have evidence of producing quality results.