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Complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine

Margaret L. Stuber and Brandon Horn

in Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare

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Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199571390
Published online August 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199665037 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199571390.003.0028

Series: Oxford Textbook in Public Health

Complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine

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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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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Palliative Medicine ; Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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