Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

2013 Edition
| Editors: Marc D. Gellman, J. Rick Turner

Integrative Medicine

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1005-9_1328



Integrative medicine is a term for an emerging field of study and clinical practice that combines the best of complementary, alternative, and conventional medicine. Complementary and alternative medicine is defined by the National Institutes of Health as a broad range of healing approaches, therapies, and philosophies that conventional Western medicine does not commonly use, study, or make available. Complementary medicine refers to the use of these therapies in addition to conventional medicine; alternative medicine refers to their use in place of conventional medicine. Integrative medicine also incorporates lifestyle interventions that have emerged as important aspects of health promotion and disease prevention within mainstream Western medicine (Institute of Medicine [IOM], 2009a).

Initially driven by consumer demand, integrative medicine is a rapidly growing field that may offer a pathway toward better health care and the potential for...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medicine & Center for Integrative MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Division of Nephrology, Department of MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA