Testimonial
Dr Rory McGill
“I have enjoyed all the courses I have done over the past few years but, from the time I first saw yours mentioned, I knew it was the one I have been waiting for. Since my interest in holistic/ integrative medicine started, my enthusiasm for my work has grown such that I am enjoying it more than at any other time in my career.
I hope to learn more about achieving best possible health by natural means, for myself, my family and community. I hope to engage with likeminded practitioners, learn from people whose knowledge and expertise I admire, make new friends and have an enormously enjoyable and fulfilling experience.”
Rory McGill
 
What is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative Medicine is a compassionate, proactive approach to healthcare which combines the very best of all medicines - orthodox, complementary, psycho-spiritual and self-help - for the treatment of illness and the prevention of illness.

The first vital tenet of Integrative Medicine is that health is seen as a variable which is dependent on a whole range of factors, most of which can be, with enough support, within an individual’s control. This includes how we eat and exercise, the toxins we take into our systems, the state of our nervous system and our state of mind. The rapidly growing science of Psycho-Neuro-Immunology (PNI) has shown us incontrovertibly that our state of mind directly affects the functioning of all tissues in our bodies. High levels of prolonged stress and emotional distress can flatten our immune systems and it has been shown that the depressed and isolated carry less oxygen in their red blood cells, get more illnesses, recover less quickly from them and die younger. Our nutrition, smoking and excess alcohol is at the base of our risk for cancer and heart disease and healthy changes in our diet can both prevent and treat these illnesses.

But crucially the second vital factor is IM practitioners understand that all these ‘healthdefining behaviour’ are based on our emotional, social, financial or spiritual state. We usually overeat, smoke, drink excessively or indulge in other self-destructive habits because we are anxious, lonely, lost, bored, angry or depressed. So unless we understand how to change an individual’s state of mind, self-esteem, motivation, security, happiness and fulfilment, very little changes.

IM practitioners work with people on an individual level to diagnose whether their health problem has been generated primarily at the physical, mental, social or environmental level, and will treat their patients with specific evidence based therapies for their intrinsic benefits. But additionally, whatever treatment they give, they will always work first and foremost to establish a warm supportive relationship with their patient, aiming to re-kindle in each person a belief in themselves, and in their power to heal and help themselves.

The practitioner will help to build the person’s self-confidence and increase motivation and control, aiming also to regenerate their love of life and unique sense of purpose. Over time, the care and respect modelled within the therapeutic relationship turns into a healthy new level of self-care and self-esteem from which a sustainable platform for health and wellbeing and a significant change in health-defining behaviour is established.

The power of the IM approach is based upon engagement of the individual in their own healing process, and motivating the person through gentle encouragement, guidance and support into achieving their own potential for health and happiness.
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