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Integrating complementary/alternative medicine into primary care: evaluating the evidence and appropriate implementation

Authors Wainapel S, Rand S, Fishman L, Halstead-Kenny J

Received 30 April 2015

Accepted for publication 1 July 2015

Published 7 December 2015 Volume 2015:8 Pages 361—372

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IJGM.S66290

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser


Stanley F Wainapel,1 Stephanie Rand,1 Loren M Fishman,2 Jennifer Halstead-Kenny1

1The Arthur S Abramson Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, 2Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA


Abstract: The frequency with which patients utilize treatments encompassed by the term complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) is well documented. A number of these therapies are beginning to be integrated into contemporary medical practice. This article examines three of them: osteopathic manipulation, yoga, and acupuncture, with a focus on their physiological effects, efficacy in treating medical conditions commonly encountered by practitioners, precautions or contraindications, and ways in which they can be incorporated into clinical practice. Physicians should routinely obtain information about use of CAM as part of their patient history and should consider their role based on physiological effects and clinical research results.

Keywords: integrative medicine, osteopathic manipulation, yoga, acupuncture therapy

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