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Complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine 

Complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine
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Complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine
Author(s):

Margaret L. Stuber

and Brandon Horn

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199571390.003.0028
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date: 18 October 2017

What is now regarded as CAM emerged from ancient faith traditions, primarily in India and China. They are deeply spiritual approaches to health, and to the integration of the body, mind, and spirit. Western allopathic medicine has adopted and adapted some of the practices (often separated from the underlying philosophy). The current public interest in the use of yoga, acupuncture, and meditation suggests that there may be a wish for the spiritual component to be reunited with the physical and mental. This is a challenge to physicians, already under time pressure, and dependent on technology. However, the need to teach medical students about mind–body connections (at least) has been recognized by the Institute of Medicine, the medical advisory group to the federal government and Congress. As medicine becomes more interdisciplinary, a new and more powerful type of integrated medicine may once again be possible, as it was four thousand years ago.

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