In 2007, in the period leading up to the federal election, the Howard Coalition government established the National Institute of Complementary
Medicine, located at UWS.
The introduction, a comprehensive overview of complementary
care, includes a discussion on the influence of culture in the development of specific therapies.
Major health insurance companies such as Aetna, Cigna, and Independence Blue Cross offer discount programs for some forms of complementary
and alternative medicine.
There will be business coaching and advice specifically tailored for complementary
Although the difference between the two can seem hazy at times, many physicians emphasize a distinction between complementary
and alternative treatment, deriding a course of treatment that relies on alternatives alone.
The research, carried out for The Diagnostic Clinic, came as support from health professionals and ministers for complementary
and alternative medicine grows.
Four out of ten were unaware of the risks of using them with other drugs, while 77 per cent were unclear about which complementary
medicines were safe.
A poll of 100 GPs also found confusion, with 85 per cent saying they did not have enough information about the safety of complementary
This suggests that highly rated medical journals increasingly recognized the importance and demand for studies on complementary
Integrative medicine implies an active, conscious effort by the health professions and medical science to seek out and sort out the evidence and application of various complementary
types of care for appropriate incorporation into the continuum of health care.
Eisenberg responded to written questions for this article with a brief statement of medical principles, asserting for example that "members of the Harvard faculty involved with the [Osher Institute] are neither advocates for or against the use of complementary
and integrative medical therapies.
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