Integrative medicine is a newer term that is more encompassing because it conveys that the practice of traditional Western medicine and alternative therapies must be integrated. I can say with confidence that integrative medicine is the future of healthcare. Integrative medicine is now a part of the curriculum at 28 major medical schools around the United States. This is great progress, but unfortunately, as we will discuss in a moment, what is being taught in medical schools is far ahead of what most doctors are telling their patients.
A branch of integrative medicine, called functional medicine, is the guiding principle of our research what we want to promote in Ghana. Using evidence-based, proven methods from both the alternative and conventional approaches, we look at the individual core physiology of each patient, including the patient background and emotional state — whether he/she is symptomatic or not.