Integrative medicine combines mainstream medical therapies (CWM) and CAM therapies for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness. Integrative medicine can cover the current problems of CWM and integrate the efficacy of CWM and CAM (State of Integrative medicine 2011).
Future medicine should pay great attention to all aspects of a person’s life style. Integrative medicine emphasizes the innate healing mechanism of the human organism. We can change the medical system through the education of CWM doctors and CAM practitioners. We also need to educate the public, to teach how to take greater responsibility for their health.
Collaboration of CWM and CAM; The term holistic refers to treating the whole person: mind, body, emotions, and spirit. Holistic integrative medicine is not synonymous with alternative or complementary medicine. Holistic integrative medicine is to going to treat all the risk factors for various diseases and getting to their underlying cause, whether it is sedentary lifestyle, or maladaptive responses to stress.
At present, it remains unclear (1) whether a true integration of CAM and CWM is even possible,(2) what this integration would look like, and (3) whether we are ready for the new era of medicine that would then result.
Some CAM therapies are passive (acupuncture, massage, music therapy, hypnosis), while others require active patient participation (Yoga, Tai-chi, Qi-gong, meditation). It is highly recommended to participate in any of active procedures to improve our well-being and promote self-healing.
Primary care providers can play a vital role in encouraging their patients to participate in these practices.