Cancer is a multi factorial disease, involving the whole body, not only the affected part. In 2003, a project funded by the CDC identified 208 condition-treatment pairs, of which 58% had been studied by at least one randomized controlled trial (RCT), and 23% had been assessed with a meta-analysis 187 According to a 2005 book by a US Institute of Medicine panel, the number of RCTs focused on CAM has risen dramatically.
Lobbying by opponents, and the response from DH officials who did not want to take on Prince Charles’s now defunct Foundation for Integrated Medicine and other supporters of homeopathy, is revealed in correspondence from the department discussing the new guidance.
Main coursework that is provided at an alternative medicine school will usually include acupuncture, chiropractic, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), herbal medicine, mind/body medicine, massage, naturopathy, homeopathy, holistic medicine, reiki, and numerous other alternative studies.
They have also been emphasized—along with many of the competencies that address areas of communication skills and multicultural sensitivity—over the past two decades in medical education in the areas of professionalism, medicine and the humanities, doctor-patient relations, and biopsychosocial training.
Integrative medicine draws from both complementary medicine and alternative medicine and combines these with traditional Western therapies, says Donald Abrams, MD, director of clinical programs for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.