Integrative Psychiatry, PC
Lila Massoumi, M.D., ABIHM
What is Integrative Psychiatry?
As a field, integrative psychiatry is the integrative medicine treatment of psychiatric illnesses.
What is Integrative Medicine?
Integrative Medicine is the healing practice of combining "alternative" or "complementary" treatment modalities (e.g. nutritional supplements, herbals, treatments from the ancient healing systems of China or India) with conventional care. An integrative medicine practitioner typically has "more tools in their toolbelt" with which to help a patient. There is an increased emphasis on treatment safety, and on the body's ability to heal itself. Treatment techniques supported by scientific studies, but whose mechanisms of action remains unexplained by conventional medicine, are still given serious consideration as viable treatment modalities. Patients are viewed as unique individuals, and are less likely to be lumped into a category of "one of those patients" with a particular illness.