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Advances in Complementary & Alternative medicine

An Integrative Medicine Physician’s Approach to Chronic Medical Disease

  • Open or CloseYufang Lin*

    Center for Integrative Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, USA

    *Corresponding author:Yufang Lin, MD, Center for Integrative Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, USA

Submission: May 25, 2019; Published: June 04, 2019

DOI: 10.31031/ACAM.2019.04.000593

ISSN: 2637-7802
Volume4 Issue4

Abstract

Many scientific discoveries in the last two centuries have revolutionized medicine, leading to longer survival and a prolonged lifespan. Modern medicine is excellent at treating symptoms and acute illness, but the rising prevalence of chronic diseases and ballooning medical costs suggest a different approach may be necessary. Integrative Medicine promotes a holistic view of a person and his/her concerns, reduces disease by removing the root cause of the illness and supports the innate healing ability of human body. Nutrition and intestinal support are foundational in this process. Herbal medicine and energy medicine are two of the complementary modalities commonly considered in this holistic approach. This article provides an introduction to an integrative medicine approach toward evaluation and treatment of chronic diseases.

Keywords: Integrative medicine; intestinal permeability; Mediterranean diet; herbal medicine; Medicine; Chinese traditional; Ayurveda

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