Integrative Medicine in Urology

  • Ragi DoggweilerEmail author
Part of the Current Clinical Urology book series (CCU)


As complementary and alternative practices become more widely accepted by our patients in the West, it is necessary for health-care providers to become familiar with many of these new concepts. This chapter provides a comprehensive overview of CAM commonly used in the USA at this time. Whenever possible, related urological trials are cited.

The therapies and treatment modalities discussed in this chapter are intended as adjunct therapies and not replacements for conventional medicine. Many of the adjunct therapies such as acupuncture, hypnosis, and yoga will be familiar to most readers, while other modalities such as energy healing and Reiki may not. This text, however, will present new applications for more commonly known therapies, while introducing other modalities, which may be new to the reader. (One must bear in mind that for many of our patients, these remedies are popular and readily available.)

This chapter discusses other types of complementary and alternative medicine such as mind–body medicine, meditation, and manipulative and body-based practices such as chiropractic medicine and deep tissue massage. Careful attention is focused on possible undesirable outcomes of any of the adjunct therapies as well as any information that should be considered prior to treatment.

The aim of this chapter is to educate health-care providers in the treatment of the whole person; a connection between the body and the mind will be a recurring theme with regard to diagnosis and treatment choices. There are many complementary and alternative therapies that are helpful in a wide variety of settings, and these should be explored in conjunction with traditional treatments.


Lower Urinary Tract Symptom Pelvic Floor Muscle Training Music Therapy Mindful Eating Therapeutic Touch 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Urology, Department of SurgeryUniversity of Tennessee Medical CenterKnoxvilleUSA

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