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integrative medicine

Alternative medicine
(1) A general term for the use of both mainstream and alternative approaches to diagnose and treat disease.
(2) The practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.

Mainstream medicine
The incorporation of alternative therapies in patient management, such as ayurvedic medicine, bodywork, Chinese medicine, homeopathy, mind/body medicine and naturopathy. The philosophy of integrative medicine is that while there is no peer-reviewed evidence that incorporated alternative therapies work, nor is there proof that it they do not; in some patients, the integrative approach may actually provide some benefit, even if it is merely placebo in nature.

integrative medicine

The 'new medicine' A term for the incorporation of alternative therapies into mainstream medical practice. See Alternative medicine, Integrative technique; Cf Mainstream medicine, Osteopathy.

in·te·gra·tive med·i·cine

(in'tĕ-grā-tiv med'i-sin)
Combines mainstream medical therapies with complementary and alternative medical therapies for which there is some reliable scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness.

integrative medicine

combines conventional medicine with complementary and alternative therapies.
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