Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine

Complementary, Alternative  and Integrative Medicine
What Happens In This Department The department works with other hospital departments (such as internal medicine, oncology, gastroenterology and cardiology) to integrate complementary therapies into a patient’s treatment plan. The aim is to treat chronic disease holistically and improve a patient’s quality of life. Most centers will participate in clinical trials and document the outcomes of patients who receive integrated care. One focus of clinical trial for example is the use of the herb black cohosh in treating menopause symptoms, or a trial comparing different types of diet plans on preventing heart disease (American Heart Association diet vs. macrobiotic diet). Treatments on offer may include may include acupuncture, herbal medicine, yoga, homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, meditation, Tai Chi, shiatsu, Pilates and massage. Conditions Treated Menopause symptoms. Chronic pain. Stress reduction. Breast cancer prevention. Heart disease prevention. Types Of Doctors A team of experts work at an integrative medicine center including board-certified gastroenterologists, internists, acupuncturists, psychotherapists, licensed massage therapists, nutritionists, registered dieticians and clinical counselors.