New National Study Shows Integrative Medicine Commonly Used to Treat Chronic Health Conditions

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MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Seventy-five percent of integrative medicine centers included in a new study about integrative practice reported success treating chronic pain. More than half of centers reported successfully using integrative medicine to treat gastrointestinal conditions, depression/anxiety, cancer and stress.

Integrative Medicine in America: How Integrative Medicine Is Being Practiced in Clinical Centers Across the United States, a new study from The Bravewell Collaborative, looked at the patient populations and health conditions most commonly treated with integrative medicine.

“With chronic health issues costing the economy more than $1 trillion a year, it’s essential to find the best treatments and preventive practices,” said Donald Abrams, MD, co-author of the report and professor of clinical medicine at the University of California San Francisco. “The broader use of integrative medicine could fundamentally change how patients are being served in this country.”

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