Integrative medicine is the practice of combining scientifically proven complementary therapies with allopathic medicine as part of a comprehensive plan to treat both the disease and its physical and emotional side effects.
Given the burgeoning body of clinical research documenting yoga’s proven benefits for a range of health conditions, yoga is now recognized as a clinically viable treatment. As such, it would be appropriate for you to consider including yoga as part of your treatment for a number of issues, ranging from anxiety and depression to back pain to heart disease and cancer.
Allopathic medicine refers to the practice often called "Western medicine" or "conventional medicine." It uses pharmacologically active agents or physical interventions (like surgery) to treat or suppress symptoms or pathophysiologic processes of disease.
And while yoga used to be considered complimentary medicine (a practice meant to accompany--or complement--allopathic treatment) or even alternative medicine (a practice used in place of--or considered an alternative to--allopathic treatment), yoga has now earned its place in the realm of integrative medicine.
Want to know how yoga can help you? Talk to a qualified yoga therapist to find out more. They may just tell you to take two asana and call them in the morning.