AIHM Our Values

Our Values

AIHM Values: Optimal Health

Optimal Health is the primary goal of the practice of holistic health and medicine. It is the conscious pursuit of the highest level of functioning and balance of the physical, environmental, mental, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of human experience, resulting in a dynamic state of being fully alive. This creates a condition of well-being regardless of the presence or absence of disease. This is the pursuit of health creation.

AIHM Values: Healing Power of Love

The Healing Power of Love. Holistic healthcare practitioners strive to meet the patient with grace, kindness, acceptance, and spirit without condition, as love is life’s most powerful healer.

AIHM Values: Wholeness

Wholeness. Holistic healthcare practitioners view people as the unity of body, mind, spirit and the systems in which they live.

AIHM Values: Prevention & Treatment

Prevention and Treatment. Holistic healthcare practitioners promote health, prevent illness, and help raise awareness of disease in our lives rather than merely managing symptoms. A holistic approach relieves symptoms, modifies contributing factors, and enhances the patient’s life system to optimize future well-being.

AIHM Values: Innate Healing Power

Innate Healing Power. All people have innate powers of healing in their bodies, minds and spirits. Holistic healthcare practitioners evoke and help patients utilize these powers to affect the healing process.

AIHM Values: Integration of Healing Systems

Integration of Healing Systems. Integrative practitioners embrace the use of all appropriate global healing traditions and integrative healthcare strategies, disciplines, systems and healthcare professionals for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease. We embrace collaborative care among providers and between disciplines.

AIHM Values: Relationship-centered Care

Relationship-Centered Care. The ideal practitioner-patient relationship is a partnership, which encourages patient autonomy, and values the needs and insights of both parties. The quality of this relationship is an essential contributor to the healing process.

AIHM Values: Individuality

Individuality. Holistic healthcare practitioners focus patient care on the unique needs and nature of the person who has an illness rather than the illness that has the person.

AIHM Values: Teaching

Teaching by Example. Holistic healthcare practitioners continually work toward the personal incorporation of the principles of holistic health, which then profoundly influence the quality of the healing relationship.

AIHM Values: Learning

Learning Opportunities. All life experiences, including birth, joy, suffering and the dying process, are profound learning opportunities for both patients and healthcare practitioners.