Integrating complementary/alternative medicine into primary care: Evaluating the evidence and appropriate implementation

Stanley F. Wainapel, Stephanie E. Rand, Loren M. Fishman, Jennifer Halstead-Kenny

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Abstract

The frequency with which patients utilize treatments encompassed by the term complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) is well documented. A number of these therapies are beginning to be integrated into contemporary medical practice. This article examines three of them: osteopathic manipulation, yoga, and acupuncture, with a focus on their physiological effects, efficacy in treating medical conditions commonly encountered by practitioners, precautions or contraindications, and ways in which they can be incorporated into clinical practice. Physicians should routinely obtain information about use of CAM as part of their patient history and should consider their role based on physiological effects and clinical research results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-372
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of General Medicine
Volume8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 7 2015

Keywords

  • Acupuncture therapy
  • Integrative medicine
  • Osteopathic manipulation
  • Yoga

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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