A New Concept in Medicine
Our patients have the opportunity to experience the benefits of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) without foregoing conventional medical evaluations and oversight.
Nova is home to an exceptional medical team of both certified Western trained medical doctors and integrative medical providers who work hand-in-hand with one another.
Each provider documents in the same chart. Board certified internists, family physicians, pediatricians, family nurse practitioners, and other specialists work alongside
our integrative health team which includes a naturopathic physician, licensed acupuncturists, a cognitive behavioral therapist, registered dietitian, fitness instructors,
and massage therapists. To learn more about each of these providers, please view our Medical Team
What is Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)?
While modern conventional medicine focuses on the treatment of specific illnesses, CAM, including naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, and Oriental medicine, expands
the therapeutic approaches available to each patient. According to the National Center for Complementary
and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
, "complementary medicine" refers to use of CAM together with conventional medicine, such as using acupuncture. Most use of CAM by
Americans is complementary. "Alternative medicine" refers to use of CAM in place of conventional medicine. "Integrative medicine" refers to a practice that combines both
conventional and CAM treatments for which there is evidence of safety and effectiveness.
Over the centuries, different cultures have developed unique approaches to evaluate and treat illness. Modern conventional medicine is based upon principles of surgery and
bio-medicine with a strong emphasis on drugs founded and marketed by large pharmaceutical companies. Oriental medicine is rooted in the theory and practice of acupuncture,
energy meridians, and herbalism. Many of the agents marketed and sold by pharmaceutical companies are chemically similar to herbal products. Not surprising, many human beings
better tolerate a more natural approach.
Complementary medicine provides this added dimension. This form of integrative medicine helps patients achieve specific goals by combining various complementary services
such as acupuncture, botanical medicine, nutritional consulting, integrated lifestyle counseling, and naturopathic care with conventional medical treatment. The 2007 National
Health Interview Survey (NHIS) showed that approximately 38 percent of adults use CAM.