Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 21–25

Integrative medicine — Traditional Chinese medicine, A model ?

Feature Article


The paper explores the concept of integrative medicine (IM) in relation to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). It contrasts IM available in China to its availability in the West. The second part of the paper highlights tools which could facilitate opportunities for IM. The paper concludes with a plea to ensure and maintain the integrity of traditional Chinese medical practice, and to continue to increase developing the evidence base through a funded European Coordination Action between EU member states and China.


integrative medicine traditional Chinese medicine evidence based medicine 


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© Chinese Association of the Integration of Traditional and Western Medicine and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Health and Human SciencesThames Valley UniversityLondonUK

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