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Why is Integrative Pharmacy?

Integrative pharmacy means you can obtain all your medicines, vitamins, supplements and natural remedies in the one place. You can talk to practitioners who are qualified in both mainstream and alternative modalities. We can help you with the whole of you, and that means you get better care.

Prescription medications are frequently the best method of treating disease, particularly when the situation is acute, and that is why we offer a full-service prescription and compounding pharmacy.

We also recognise that support with natural preventative agents and remedies is more attuned to nature’s plan. The body of evidence supporting natural medicines efficacy is larger, more compelling and growing faster than is widely acknowledged.

The evidence-based model of integrative medicine is more prevalent in other countries. In Germany, for example, doctors and pharmacists are taught the value of natural medicines and are comfortable prescribing and dispensing conventional medicines, along with herbal supplements to augment recovery.

A better kind of pharmacy.
Pharmacists, Naturopaths and Nutritionists working together for your health.

We offer a caring and combined approach, which means we won’t limit your choice to either mainstream or alternative solutions. Instead you’ll learn about the options available to you so you can make informed decisions about your health. Mind, body & spirit.

What is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative Medicine refers to the blending of conventional and complementary medicines and therapies with the aim of using the most appropriate of either or both modalities to care for the patient as a whole.1 We are moving from “disease care” to “health care”.

Conventional medicine deals very successfully with acute care, such as the diagnosis and treatment of trauma, infections or short-duration illnesses in need of urgent care. Conventional medicine is not however proving as successful treating the main causes of death and illness in today’s world.

Chronic diseases and conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and type 2 diabetes are the main causes of death. For example, some conventional cholesterol medication has been shown to reduce cholesterol, but not to reduce the number of patients that die from heart attacks or other cardiovascular diseases.2

Integrative medicine is “the practice of medicine that:

  • reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient,
  • focuses on the whole person,
  • is informed by evidence, and
  • makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing”.3
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The Future of Pharmacy

Here’s some interesting statistics on integrative medicine. Australians already make use of both conventional and complementary medicines. Ideally your pharmacy will understand both and be capable enough to help you integrate those two worlds.

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1. Royal Australian College of General Practitioners-Australasian Integrative Medicine Association Joint position statement Complementary Medicine. 2004 Available at: https://curriculum.racgp.org.au/statements/integrative-medicine/ : or https://curriculum.racgp.org.au/media/12362/integrativemedicine.pdf
2. Vos E, Rose CP, Biron P. Point: Why statins have failed to reduce mortality in just about anybody. Journal of Clinical Lipidology. 2013;7(3):222-224. doi:10.1016/j.jacl.2013.01.007
3. Consortium of Academic Health Centres for Integrative Medicine. Definition of integrative medicine. 2009.
4. Brown J, Morgan T, Adams J, Grunseit A, Toms M, Roufogalis B, Kotsirilos V, Pirotta M and Williamson M. Complementary Medicines Information Use and Needs of Health Professionals: General Practitioners and Pharmacists. National Prescribing Service, December 2008.
5. Williamson M, Tudball J, Toms M, Garden F, Grunseit A. Information Use and Needs of Complementary Medicines Users. Sydney: National Prescribing Service; December 2008.
6. Xue C, Zhang A, Lin V, Da Costa C, Story D. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Australia: A National Population-Based Survey. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2007;13(6):643-50.
7. MacLennan A, Myers S, Taylor A. The continuing use of complementary and alternative medicine in South Australia: costs and beliefs in 2004. Medical Journal of Australia. 2006;184(1):27-31.