Integrative Health & the Evidence

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Integrative medicine is evidence-based, and an abundance of information exists demonstrating the power and effectiveness of integrative approaches to health. Consider just a small sample of the research supporting integrative practices and therapies that treat the whole person:

  • Evidence supports mind-body practices such as Transcendental Meditation as an effective strategy for lowering blood pressure, and meditative techniques have shown to be effective at reducing anxiety.
  • A comprehensive meta-analysis concluded that mind-body therapies including tai chi, meditation, and yoga reduce inflammation in the body
  • A meta-analytic review found that people with strong relationships are half as likely to die prematurely as those without strong relationships.
  • Religious involvement and spirituality are associated with living longer, better health outcomes and better coping skills when faced with a serious illness, as well as better quality of life.
  • A 2011 trial found that conventional and Ayurvedic treatments for rheumatoid arthritis had similar effectiveness.
  • Intensive, comprehensive lifestyle changes have been shown to significantly reverse some of the effects of cardiovascular disease over a five year period, when compared to a standard-of-care treatment protocol.
  • Several studies have shown that acupuncture can help patients manage a variety of pain conditions.
  • Massage can increase health-related quality of life while decreasing pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety and stress in cancer patients.
  •  Perhaps you are newly diagnosed and want to give yourself the best shot of achieving healing or preventing disease progression. Or, perhaps you have been treating your disease for several years using the best therapies western medicine has to offer, but your quality of life is suffering and your disease continues to progress. No matter where you are in your journey, taking an integrative approach to your health can help by treating mind, body, and spirit to optimize health and wellness.

    Discover the Evidence

    The Caring Ambassadors values evidence-based information and transparency. We encourage you to perform your own research prior to adding any integrative or complementary therapies into your health or treatment regimen. One excellent place to start is the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health’s (NCCIH) website. NCCIH is a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and applies scientific standards to the research of integrative and complementary health and medicine. Their “Health Topics A-Z Library” provides users with an easy platform for searching for and reviewing the evidence on a wide array of integrative and complementary health topics.

    Click here for a list of integrative medicine and health resources