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What evidence proves the effectiveness of integrative medicine?

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Evidence is what makes the big difference between the complementary treatments that are considered part of integrative medicine and all the other complementary and alternative treatments out there (you may hear your doctor lump them together into one term: CAM). With integrative medicine, you get science-backed therapies that your doctor has chosen to treat your condition. If you try CAM on your own, you may not know whether a product or treatment is safe.

For example, the label “all natural” doesn’t mean a product is safe. Some natural ingredients can be toxic. Others might keep your cancer treatments from working like they should.

From: What Is Integrative Medicine? WebMD Medical Reference

Duke Integrative Medicine: “What is Integrative Medicine?”

American Board of Physician Specialties: “The Advantages and Benefits to Integrative Medicine.”

National Cancer Institute: “Complementary and Alternative Medicine.”

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: “Integrative Medicine Center Clinical Services.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Types of Complementary Therapies,” “Evaluating Complementary and Alternative Therapies.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Complementary and alternative medicine treatments (CAM) for cancer (Beyond the Basics).”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Complementary, Alternative, or Integrative Health: What’s In a Name?” “Meditation: “In Depth,” “Yoga: In Depth.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 25, 2019

Duke Integrative Medicine: “What is Integrative Medicine?”

American Board of Physician Specialties: “The Advantages and Benefits to Integrative Medicine.”

National Cancer Institute: “Complementary and Alternative Medicine.”

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: “Integrative Medicine Center Clinical Services.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Types of Complementary Therapies,” “Evaluating Complementary and Alternative Therapies.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Complementary and alternative medicine treatments (CAM) for cancer (Beyond the Basics).”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Complementary, Alternative, or Integrative Health: What’s In a Name?” “Meditation: “In Depth,” “Yoga: In Depth.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 25, 2019

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