Integrative medicine as a complement to conventional medicine is growing in acceptance of patients and prestigious universities in America.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine is a diverse set of systems, practices and medical health care are not presently considered part of conventional medicine” defined by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) U.S. government and adds; “Integrative medicine combines treatments from conventional medicine and CAM for which there is scientific data of high quality on its safety and effectiveness. It is also called integrated medicine.”


Approach to Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Complementary and alternative medicine focuses on the person as a whole, consider the physical symptoms, mental, emotional and spiritual person. Approaches the study of “natural therapies elements using non-invasive and chemical free for health maintenance and treatment of diseases .

Among these therapies are: acupuncture, Reiki, Therapeutic Massage, Biofield therapies and bioelectromagnetic coming from integrated health systems used in East and some other practices that were considered CAM in the West have been formalized as patient support groups, cognitive-behavioral therapy. In the West also developed medical systems such as homeopathy and naturopathy.

XXI century medicine: research

The University of Dukand performs education and research for understanding the effectiveness of integrative medicine model, which considers is the practice of medicine 21.The century U.S. NCCAM is part of its mission to provide funding for scientific research of alternative medicine and complementary to validate the effectiveness of therapies.

The department Integrative Medicine at the University of Michigan define: “It is the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between health professional and patient, focuses on the person as a whole, using evidence and therapeutic approaches to achieve the optimum state of well-being of the person”. The Georgetown University created in 2003 the Master of Science to study alternative and complementary therapies that focus on preparing professionals to meet and evaluate the safety and effectiveness of these therapies and introduce scientific rigor necessary for validation.

Alternative therapies: their use is increasing

The use of alternative therapies has increased in recent years in the United States “In 2002 36% of adults used some form of alternative therapy in 2007 increased to 38% of adults (4 in 10) and 11.5% of children (1 in 9), among adults is higher percentage of women and highly educated people who use”According to data provided by the NCCAM in December 2008 and added: “The most widely used therapies are: deep breathing (12.7%), meditation (9.4%), massage (8.3%) and yoga (6.1%)”.

The degree of effectiveness in the application of alternative therapies therapy treatment varies from patient to patient and, in recent research usually concludes that even though some therapies have positive effect on the general welfare of the person, it takes more research. Data and facts show that in an increasing demand for health solutions that take into account the lifestyle and the person as a whole, government and educational institutions are sponsoring research to flesh out the application and scope of therapies alternative or complementary to traditional medicine.