About Integrative Medicine

What is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative medicine is care centered on you and your total health. Illness and pain affect every area of your life physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental. Integrative medicine at Vanderbilt's Osher Center for Integrative Medicine addresses them all.

We complement your traditional medical care with a proven approach that emphasizes:

  • Your bodys natural ability to heal
  • Partnership between you and your health care team
  • The importance of addressing the body, mind and spirit to live well
  • Natural treatments that are less invasive
  • Treatments based on science

Therapies Backed by Science

Integrative medicine, sometimes called non-traditional or alternative medicine, doesnt replace traditional medical care. It complements that care with additional therapies that are backed by scientific evidence to improve health and promote healing.

Integrative medicine therapies can include:

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Healing the Whole Person

Treating chronic illness or pain often means addressing your whole health. Debi Brownell, an Osher Center patient, overcame her chronic back pain through a whole-health program including yoga and nutrition coaching. Read more about Debi's recovery.

Our Wheel of Health

Our Wheel of Health illustrates our integrative approach to healing and wellness. Our practitioners are committed to understanding your unique circumstances. We help you choose treatments, practices and skills to heal and live well.

healthy life pin wheel diagram

The Osher Collaborative for Integrative Medicine

Learn more about Osher Centers around the world.