Dr. McNeill received his associate fellowship in Integrative Medicine from the University of Arizona School of Medicine. Integrative medicine reaffirms the importance of the whole person and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches to achieve optimal health and healing. The patient is very much a part of that process. Basically it is just good medicine using things that work and can lower risks. The most effective example for patients having surgery would be to look at the deep breathing exercise link below. I encourage you to practice these exercises. It gets easier with practice. What we have found that patients who are able to follow these deep breathing exercises are more relaxed before surgery, require less medication which increases patient safety and do much better afterwards. We encourage you to give it a try!
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines integrative medicine as follows:
•Integrative medicine combines mainstream medical therapies and complementary and alternative medicine therapies for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness
Click on some of the links below to find some helpful information.