Integrative medicine utilizes the best of both conventional and alternative medicine to bring about a cure. A specialist in integrative medicine is knowledgeable in diet, nutrition, nutraceuticals, and both pharmaceutical and herbal medications. These therapies are used to stimulate the internal mechanisms of the human body to heal a disease. Suppression of an individual’s symptoms are used as a last resort. A specialist in integrative medicine is equipped with the skills needed to treat long acting debilitating conditions.