Complimentary and alternative medicines (CAM) are being integrated more and more in mainstream treatments. This encompasses treatment methods that are proven to be safe and effective. Think of the use of certain herbs and nutritional supplements or the use of acupuncture and meditation. This happens frequently under the name Integrative Medicine (IM), a world wide growing movement where lifestyle and evidence based complimentary treatments are important pillars.
There is more and more scientific proof for CAM. Especially certain herbs, supplements, exercise, meditation and acupuncture are proven to have a positive effect on a range of physical & mental complaints. Moreover, there is a visible increase in consultations between hospitals and natural medicine. The treatment of depression is a beautiful example. Methods like mindfulness, running therapy, light therapy and other body oriented therapies which not that long ago were part of the alternative circuit are now being used in mainstream medicine. Also, hospitals now more often inform patients about CAM and often refer to integrative working therapists who work with evidence based IM.
2blossom fully recognizes herself in IM as it is about safely and integrated improving health, vitality and wellness. This is a broader approach than in usual and mainstream medicine. Through new knowledge and perspective (among other the psycho-neurobiology) there has been more interest in CAM in the past years, with the result that there are more funds for research. This is a good thing as research in safety and effectiveness is needed. Just like in mainstream treatment methods too not all medicine has been fully researched on effect and safety, or may have harmful side effects. Both mainstream medicine and CAM need to differentiate between promising therapies and treatment methods that may not work or even be harmful. Want to know more?
www.bravewell.com Influential community of interest that supports Integrative Medicine.
www.nikim.nl Initiated by Inez van Rosenstiel, the driving force behind Integrative Medicine in the Slotervaartziekenhuis (Amsterdam, The Netherlands).
www.imconsortium.org Consortium of over 40 academic hospitals in North America that have a department of Integrative Medicine.
nccam.nih.gov American Research institute The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Here you will find a good overview of research on alternative medicine.
http://nccam.nih.gov/about/offices/od/directortestimony/0509.htm In the US too, important effects of IM are expected. The budget for the research institute National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) received a raise from the senate of $1,770,000. in comparison with 2009. This makes the total budget for 2010 $127,241,000.
www.iocob.nl Dutch website by Keppel Hesselink and Kopsky with an overview of alternative medicine in The Netherlands. They also designed their own system of assessment that indicates whether a therapy is evidence based, safe and effective.
www.cochrane.org The Cochrane Collaboration is an international, independent non profit organization which offers up to date and accurate information on the effects of healthcare.
www.thecochranelibrary.com Research and analysis concerning the effects of treatment methods in healthcare are published here by the Cochrane Collaboration.
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