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Integrative / Integrated Medicine

  • “Integrative medicine, as defined by NCCAM, combines mainstream medical therapies and CAM therapies for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness.”(1)
  • “Integrated medicine (or integrative medicine as it is referred to in the United States) is practising medicine in a way that selectively incorporates elements of complementary and alternative medicine into comprehensive treatment plans alongside solidly orthodox methods of diagnosis and treatment”.(2)


  1. What is complementary and alternative medicine? Retrieved from http://nccam.nih.gov/health/whatiscam/ (4 August 2006)
  2. Rees L and Weil A. (2001). Integrated Medicine. Integrated Medicine. BMJ;322:119-120