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11 Integrative Medicine Breakthroughs Of 2011

May 7, 2012

The Huffington Post highlights 11 breakthroughs in Integrative Medicine.

2011 was an important year for integrative medicine. The Huffington Post listed 11 most-distinguished breakthroughs of 2011.

  1. Yoga Approved for back pain. An Archives of Internal Medicine study showed that chronic back pain can be managed through regular yoga stretching.
  2. Acupuncture Shown to Help Chronic Stress. Study proves the connection between acupuncture and stress relief at a molecular level.
  3. Tai Chi Found to Aid Heart Failure Patient. A study conducted at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center illustrates improvements of quality of life and mood in patients with heart failure by practicing tai chi.
  4. CAM Use Better Understood. A National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) study shows the benefits of using complementary and alternative medicine for general health compared to those who use CAM to treat specific illnesses in adults.
  5. Acupuncture Deemed Safe For Kids. A review of existing studies and available data published in the journal Pediatrics verified the safety of acupuncture for children.
  6. Integrative Medicine Moved Into Med Schools. Curricula in prestigious medical schools that includes integrative medicine has become more prominent. For example,University of Arizona launched a four-year-track for students who would like a focus on integrative medicine incorporated into their traditional training.
  7. Obama Appointed Ornish. Dr. Dean Ornish was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health. Dr. Ornish is a widely known as a pioneer of integrative medicine. His appointment indicates the government’s interest in complementary medicine as a part of public health promotion.
  8. The Nutrition/Epigenetics Connection Shone. A large part of integrative medicine advocates nutrition as the key to prevention. A published review on Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition And Metabolic Care shows the significance of healthy eating and its relevance to longevity and aging.
  9. Meditation’s Impact On Brain Measured. Researchers agree that mindfulness meditation improves mental health, cited in Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging.
  10. Doctor Referrals For CAM Increased. An Archives of Internal Medicine study shows the increasing rate of physicians referring patients to using alternative treatments such as yoga, meditation, and tai chi.
  11. Mushrooms Wowed At TedMed. Paul Stamets, a mycologist, shocked everyone at the 2011 TedMed Conference by explaining the perks of having mushrooms in our diet. It is anti-inflammatory and it “restricts the growth of pathogenic bacteria and even helping conventional anti-cancer drugs do their thing”.


*** The full original article can be found here.

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