Integrative Medicine Research (IMR) is the official journal of the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine. On the other hand, there are still many TCM doctors using herbs to treat many TCM diseases or Western diseases according to the TCM theory called ‘Bian Zheng Lun Zhi' (symptomatic and dialectical therapy), a special pure traditional Chinese medicine theory which has been used for more than one thousand years 9 Sometimes, TCM doctors seem not to need modern techniques and medical methods to adjust or modify their treatment regimen.
In addition, complementary and alternative medicine involves whole medical systems, in the form of homeopathic medicine, which seeks to stimulate the body's ability to heal itself; traditional Chinese Medicine which uses herbs, meditation, and massage to obtain balance in the body; Ayurveda which originated in India; and Naturopathic Medicine, which supports the body's ability to heal itself through the use of dietary and lifestyle changes together with herbs, massage and joint manipulation.
Alternative medicine has been defined by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) as a form of healing practice which is "used in place of conventional medicine, such as using a special diet to treat cancer instead of undergoing surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy that has been recommended by a conventional doctor." It is different from complementary medicine, which is a healing practice being used together with standard medical care, e.g. using acupuncture to help with side effects of cancer treatment; or, integrative medicine, which "is a total approach to care that involves the patient's mind, body, and spirit and combines standard medical treatments with CAM practices that have shown the most promise".
This movement is well on its way in Canada: the Association of Complementary and Integrative Physicians of British Columbia and similar provincial organizations, as well as the Canadian Complementary Medical Association, offer an education- and action-based forum for medical doctors interested in learning more and in practising and promoting these other healing modalities; the Canadian Interdisciplinary Network for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research is an interdisciplinary, collaborative research network created to foster excellence in CAM research; and the Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Undergraduate Medical Education curriculum project is working with all 17 Canadian medical schools to organize an appropriate curriculum in CAM.
In other countries, IM has been used as complementary therapies or additional therapies in order to distinguish it from modern medicine 2 IM treatment has been shown to improve physical and mental health in patients with various diseases and can benefit patients with many diseases in China and all over the world 3 It may include traditional medicines (traditional Chinese medicine, traditional Indian medicine, Ayurveda, etc.), acupuncture and moxibustion, manipulation, tai chi chuan, yoga, meditation, mind therapy, vitamin therapy, and medicinal diets.
Using synthetic drugs and surgery to treat health conditions was known just a few decades ago as, simply, medicine.” Today, this system is increasingly being termed conventional medicine.” This is the kind of medicine most Americans still encounter in hospitals and clinics.
According to IOM, The first priority for any health care system using an integrative approach is to ensure that the full spectrums of Natural Therapy preventive opportunities -clinical, behavioral, social, spiritual and environmental- are included in the care and delivery process”.
Far worse, I have heard similar remarks from family and various friends; If you don't feel well, see a chiropractor,” I've heard gluten-free diets are good for cancer,” and my personal favorite, you can't trust medicine to help.” In multiple conversations with an integrative medicine advocate and practitioner” I know personally, multiple points” were made in the same vein.
This meeting is convened by the European Society of Integrative Medicine (ESIM) and serves as the 10th European Congress for Integrative Medicine and the 12th International Congress on Complementary Medicine Research sponsored by the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR).
Medical intuition complements modern techniques by providing a broader knowledge base for the patient to determine their total treatment, and integrates the best of all worlds to create their health care regime using the total mind and body connection.
The European Society of Integrative Medicine e.V. is an international association with the aim to facilitate the advancement of science, research, education and further training, to support best and evidence based medical care and to provide advice on policy in the realm of Integrative Medicine.
Brian Berman, director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, for instance, led the longest and largest randomized, controlled Phase III clinical trial of acupuncture's effect on osteoarthritis of the knee.