“The opposite of ‘integrate’ is ‘disintegrate’. We have seen far too much of this disintegration in our physical and mental health, in the health of society around us and in our ability to provide care for many of those who are chronically unwell – let alone in our climate and ecosystem services. So isn’t it time to ask for something better?”
HRH The Prince of Wales – 12 May 2009
Integrated Medicine combines the best of conventional and complementary approaches for the treatment of illness. Focusing on the whole person, reaffirming the importance of the practitioner and patient relationship, integrated medicine uses the appropriate therapeutic approach to help empower the patient and encourage health and well-being.
The RLHIM is part of the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is a unique resource within the NHS. It offers a wide variety of treatments, comprising of complementary and conventional medicine. The RLHIM’s clinics may offer treatment options which could include:
- Autogenic training
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- General medicine service
- Integrated medicine
- Musculoskeletal medicine
- Nutrition and dietetics
- Occupational therapy
- Western herbal medicine
Some clinics are also therapy specific, for example, Acupuncture, Autogenic Training, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Hypnotherapy.
- Adult allergy service
- Children’s Service at RLHIM
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
- Complementary cancer care service
- Insomnia services
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome Service
- Podiatry & Chiropody – The Marigold Clinic
- Weight loss clinic
- Women’s Service
Then there is the RLHIM pharmacy which has been an innovative and award winning retail outlet for natural and organic over-the-counter products.