“Integrative medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.”
~Dr. Andrew Weil, obtained from http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02054/Andrew-Weil-Integrative-Medicine.html
In practice Heather utilizes the healing powers of medicinal plants (in the form of herbs and essential oils), the healing powers of foods and the amazingly resilient mind (with techniques such as creative visualization) to assist individuals in achieving a state of balance. She encourages moving to a place of optimal health and happiness where the person thrives, using educational tools to maintain this balance. Heather encourages ecological sustainability, as well as regeneration of the earth through local, organic and environmentally friendly practices and ways of life.
Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) recognizes and respects the advancements and success of allopathic (conventional) medicine. It also recognizes the need for alternative options when an individual chooses to opt out of conventional parameters. CAM is a wellness based concept of healthcare, focusing on prevention rather than disease-care.
“Consumer use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) continues to increase fueled by a number of factors, including increasing research of efficacy, dissatisfaction with allopathic models (particularly for chronic health problems), and an aging population.”
~The American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS)