Integrative Medicine

  • Melinda Ring
  • Leslie Mendoza TempleEmail author


Integrative medicine, or integrative health care, is a field of medicine that unites a strong focus on lifestyle medicine and prevention with the inclusion of safe and effective options from a wide range of complementary and alternative disciplines. Given the high percentage of patients seeking out integrative approaches, as well as the increasing presence of integrative medicine in US hospitals, health care systems, and academic medical centers, it is essential that health care providers be familiar with the available options, risk–benefit data, and trusted resources for information. This chapter provides an overview of the evolving field of integrative medicine, its relation to lifestyle medicine, and how current research might be used to counsel a patient with type 2 diabetes with regard to dietary supplements, mind–body medicine, manual therapies, energy medicine, and whole healing systems.


Integrative medicine Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) Acupuncture massage Energy medicine Dietary supplements Naturopathic medicine Functional medicine Homeopathy 



Academic naturopathic clinic


Body mass index


Complementary and alternative medicine


Confidence interval


Diabetic neuropathy symptom


Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire


Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States


Healing touch


Institute for Functional Medicine


Licensed acupuncturists


Mindfulness-based stress reduction


Medical Symptom Questionnaire


National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine


National Center for Research on Complementary and Integrative Health


Naturopathic doctors


Public Health Service


Randomized controlled trial


Summary Diabetes Self-Care Activities Questionnaire


Short Form 12


Traditional Chinese medicine


Type-2 diabetes


Transcendental meditation


Therapeutic touch


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern UniversityNorthwestern Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA
  2. 2.NorthShore University HealthSystem Integrative Medicine ProgramUniversity of Chicago Pritzker School of MedicineGlenviewUSA

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