Policy-related issues of health care and the proliferation of integrative medicine, including examples of best practice models.
Integrative Medicine, Can We Truly Integrate Care?
Is it possible to develop a model of health that incorporates Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies with conventional treatment?
Clinical Effectiveness is the Key to Promoting Integrative Medicine
Professor Chen Keji, a cardiologist and one of the foremost pioneers of Integrative Medicine stressed that for integrative medicine to be embraced, its clinical effectiveness must be demonstrated.
Strategies in Developing Integrative Medicine in China
Training of academic personnel and continued development of hospitals, schools and research institutions are key steps in advancing the profession of integrative medicine, asserts Dr. Chen Shikui.
Defining Integrative East-West Medicine
In five succinct statements, Professor Li En sums up the scope and objectives of Integrative East-West Medicine.
Traditional Chinese Medicine in the United Kingdom from the Eye of a Leader
Despite receiving both good and bad press in the past, Eastern medicines are slowly becoming more accepted in Europe, stated Professor Man Fong Mei.
What the Future May Hold for Integrative Medicine
Multiple perspectives for the future of integrative medicine and its integration into mainstream practices were shared by Professor Chun-Tao Che, Dean of the School of Chinese Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Professor Ka-Kit Hui, Director of the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine; and Dr. David Wong, rheumatologist in Canada.
Overcoming Hurdles in Gaining Acceptance by the Mainstream
The biggest challenges for traditional Chinese medicine is to prove that it is safe and evidence-based, stated Professor Gustav Dobos of Germany. These hurdles include difficulties in obtaining funding for research in this area.
Challenges in Using Herbal Medicine in Germany
Professor Rudolf Bauer, Ph.D. of the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Graz in Austria states that quality control and the assurance of the safety of raw materials are among the challenges when the first traditional Chinese medicine hospital was opened in Germany. Professor Bauer is one of the major figures in addressing this issue in Europe.
Using Herbal Medicine in Denmark
Peter Frandsen, M.D., Medical Director of the Odsense University Hospital in Denmark, discusses the challenges Traditional Chinese Medicine faces in the Western world.
How to Bridge Traditional Chinese and Western Medicines
Leroy Hood, Ph.D. discusses the important role of the systems approach that uses new strategies, technologies, and computational tools, which, together, may hold the key to successfully blending traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine.