The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) defines integrative medicine as the blending of conventional and evidence-based complementary medicines and therapies with the aim of using the most appropriate modalities to care for the patient as a whole.
Integrative medicine can also be considered a style of medical practice that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, an makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal heath and healing.
Integrative medicine takes into account the physical, psychological, social and spiritual wellbeing of the patient.
Lifestyle interventions, dietary modification and nutritional supplements are common features of treatment programs used in integrative medicine.
Dr Dobie use the principles of integrative medicine to treat a wide range of medical conditions including
- irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
- increased intestinal permeability (sometimes known as “leaky gut”)
- thyroid disease
- adrenal insufficiency (underactive adrenal glands)
- auto-immune diseases
- chronic fatigue
- disorders of the immune system
- high cholesterol
- high blood pressure
- pyrole disorder
- methylation disorders (MTHFR)