There are more than 40 university institutes for integrative medicine in North America ,including Harvard Medical School. However, this model has not had the same expansion in Europe. As a matter of fact, if there are many therapists in complementary medicines, few of them offer active multidisciplinary cooperation between therapists using natural treatments and conventional doctors.
Conventional medicine has developed mainly around treating acute illnesses. Surgery, remedies, specialization allow nowadays a process approach which is often efficient to treat those illnesses. But the use of long term treatment is more and more showing its limits for chronic diseases. The drugs fight chemical reactions which are often physiological and have no capability to adjust to human physiology in constant motion. It is also not possible to permanently think of surgery. Hence, it is necessary to make our healthcare model evolve without destroying the previous one.
The analysis of epidemiological data shows the need for an evolution of healthcare:
- Growth of the prevalence of patients suffering from chronic diseases.
- Ageing population.
- Overspecialized health system, in Switzerland and elsewhere. Chronic patients need holistic and multidisciplinary approach that cannot be offered by specialized doctors.
- Demand for complementary therapies has increased up to 120% between 2002 and 2012.
In this context, it is necessary to create a health and wellbeing area as well as therapeutic proposals adapted to the different sicknesses and their prevention. Integrative medicine is a medical model proposing multidisciplinary treatments, using multiple diagnostic and therapeutic tools in line with the patient choices and specificities. This is all about integrating conventional scientific medicine, complementary or more natural medicines and lifestyle therapy like sport, stress management therapies, nutrition and life coaching. This model has shown excellent outcomes in the treatment of chronic patients.
The integrative method is based on the idea that chronic diseases happen because of a change in the physiological, biological and psycho-emotional balance of the patient. Patients’ healthcare need conventional medical consultations and complementary medicine consultations. These different approaches enable the assessment of their nutritional, neuro-psychological, immunity and genetic state. The therapeutic or preventive project is later on pondered over by the therapists together with the patient.
Therapeutic tools will be chosen among conventional and complementary medicines. It is thus possible to find nutritional advices and nutrient supplements, psychotherapy, meditation, life coaching, osteopathy/chiropractic, yoga therapy, music therapy, Qi gong, Pilates, physiotherapy/physical therapy, oxygen therapy, sauna, cryotherapy, acupuncture, auriculotherapy, phytotherapy, homeopathy, with or without remedies…
Integrative Medicine Institute is located on a domain in the municipality of Givrins (5 km away from Nyon), with site view on Leman Lake and Mont-Blanc. It will open on November 14th, 2016. Four work streams are developed in this 600 sq. m. wide space:
- Curative and preventive personalised and individualized consultations and care.
- One week healthcare programs for groups of patients suffering from chronic diseases (cancer, cardiovascular or immune diseases, neuro-functional and environmental pathologies).
- Medical socio-professional prevention.
- Training for therapists and therapeutic education for patients.
The long term vision of this project is to become the European reference centre in integrative medicine. Thanks to its partnership with academic institutions, the medical team wishes to participate in research projects and publications about integrative medicine.