Blending scientifically proven alternative practices with the best of conventional medicine, Integrative Medicine defines health as much more than the absence of disease. This line of division has been subject to criticism, however, as not all forms of standard medical practice have adequately demonstrated evidence of benefit, n 4 87 88 and it is also unlikely in most instances that conventional therapies, if proven to be ineffective, would ever be classified as CAM.
The College of Medicine , the largest of six colleges at the University of Florida Health Science Center, opened in 1956 with a mission to increase Florida’s supply of highly qualified physicians, provide advanced health-care services to Florida residents and foster discovery in health research.
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been described as a broad domain of healing resources that encompasses all health systems, modalities, and practices and their accompanying theories and beliefs, other than those intrinsic to the politically dominant health system of a particular society or culture in a given historical period.
In the same way as for conventional therapies, drugs, and interventions, it can be difficult to test the efficacy of alternative medicine in clinical trials In instances where an established, effective, treatment for a condition is already available, the Helsinki Declaration states that withholding such treatment is unethical in most circumstances.
Your first appointment will be a time to meet with a provider and discuss your current health and understand any past medical issues, develop a plan with you that incorporates both integrative therapies and conventional medicine, and recommend you for a follow up appointment or refer you to integrative medicine services (massage, yoga, acupuncture, etc.) as needed.