Integrating Complementary and Alternative Medicine into Practice

Key Points

• Nutrition, mind-body medicine, and spirituality are core elements of integrative medicine practice.

• Strong evidence supports mind-body medicine for coronary artery disease, low back pain, and headache.

• Acupuncture is a safe and efficacious adjunctive treatment for several musculoskeletal conditions.

• Energy medicine researchers use current technologies to explore the frontiers of CAM.

Because the field of CAM and integrative medicine is so broad and includes so many different approaches and modalities, this section reviews core elements and then explores three common CAM modalities with evidence of efficacy: acupuncture, yoga, and homeopathy. Energy medicine, an important frontier of the CAM field, is also discussed.

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