Integrated Medicine is a form of Alternative Medicine, which incorporates concepts from both Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine. It is a Natural Medicine since, like Oriental Medicine, it also respects and follows the laws of Nature.
Integrated Medicine encompasses all aspects of Chinese Medicine -- Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Cupping, Tui Na, T'ai Chi, and Qi Gong (Chi Kung) as well as the latest scientific and technological advances in Orthodox Medicine.
While Western Medicine focuses on anatomical findings and laboratory evidence of disease, Traditional Chinese Medicine is a form of Energy Medicine, and the accuracy of diagnosis depends on the practitioner's understanding of Qi /Chi (the vital essence or energy of all living systems), and the person's Yin/Yang balance. Even Dietary Therapy in Chinese Medicine is based on Yin/Yang principles.
Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine often complement each other and alternate in their leading roles, so that one becomes the Complementary Medicine of the other, depending on what the clinical condition of a patient best calls for.
Integrated Medicine is still practiced by only a few physicians worldwide, since it requires a strong background and training in both Eastern and Western Medicine. Yet, it is evolving as a major breakthrough in the medical field, and it is attracting the interest of highly educated practitioners, who are able also to envision its potential for significantly advancing the good practice of Medicine.
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