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Integrative Medicine Specialists Treat Chronic Health Issues Across the U.S.

Integrative medicine is now an established part of healthcare in the United States.

More people are turning to integrative therapies to help them with health problems, particularly those with chronic health issues because of the multidimensional team approach of integrative medicine.

“With chronic health issues costing the U.S. economy more than $1 trillion a year, it’s essential to find the most effective ways to treat and prevent the most prevalent conditions,” said Donald Abrams, MD, professor of clinical medicine at the University of California San Francisco.

Dr. Abrams is co-author of the report “Integrative Medicine in America: How Integrative Medicine Is Being Practiced in Clinical Centers Across the United States,” just released by The Bravewell Collaborative.

A new survey of 29 integrative medicine centers around the U.S. that form The Bravewell Collaborative found that 75% reported success using integrative practices to treat chronic pain.

More than half reported positive results for gastrointestinal conditions, depression and anxiety, cancer and chronic stress.

The interventions prescribed most frequently by practitioners in the study, usually in combination, were: food/nutrition, supplements, yoga, meditation, traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, massage and pharmaceuticals.

Integrative medicine puts the patient at the center of care and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect health.

Practitioners of integrative medicine employ a personalized strategy that considers the patient’s unique conditions, needs and circumstances.

Then they use the most appropriate interventions from an array of scientific disciplines to heal illness and disease and help people regain and maintain optimal health.

These therapies are often used in conjunction with other medical approaches, such as chemotherapy and/or surgery to come up with an approach that is best suited for the patient, says William Stewart, MD, co-founder of The Braverwell Collaborative, and Medical Director of California Pacific Medical Center’s Institute for Health and Healing.

“This report illustrates the great potential of integrative medicine to help prevent illness and foster lifelong health,” explained Christy Mack, President of The Bravewell Collaborative.

“These approaches not only treat the whole person but also empower individuals to be active participants in their health care.”