Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Basic Principles of Integrative Medicine*

Provided by:

  • A partnership between patient and practitioner in the healing process
  • Appropriate use of conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body's innate healing response
  • Consideration of all factors that influence health, wellness and disease, including mind, spirit and community as well as body
  • A philosophy that neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative medicine uncritically
  • Recognition that good medicine should be based in good science, inquiry driven and open to new paradigms
  • Use of natural, less invasive interventions whenever possible
  • The broader concepts of promotion of health and the prevention of illness as well as the treatment of disease
  • Practitioners as models of health and healing, committed to the process of self-exploration and self-development

*As stated by the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine


An acronym used when describing the study or use of traditional western (or allopathic) and complementary medicine approaches.

"NCCAM" National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine

The center within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the U. S. government that is "dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, training CAM researchers and disseminating authoritative information".

NCCAM's Major Domains of Complementary & Alternative Medicine (for Consumers and Practitioners)

Complementary and alternative healthcare and medical practices (CAM) are those healthcare and medical practices that are not currently an integral part of conventional medicine. The list of practices that are considered CAM changes continually as CAM practices and therapies that are proven safe and effective become acc

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