Integrative Modalities

CURE, Summer 2014, Volume 13, Issue 2

Integrative medicine can be described by five categories, including mind/body, energy and ancient medical systems.

Although integrative medicine includes many approaches to complement conventional therapies, according to the Society for Integrative Oncology they can be described by five categories:

1. BIOLOGIC-BASED PRACTICES

Herbal remedies

Vitamins

Diet and nutritional supplements

2. MIND/BODY TECHNIQUES

Meditation

Guided imagery

Expressive arts therapies

3. MANIPULATIVE AND BODY-BASED PRACTICES

Massage

Reflexology

Exercise and physical activity

4. ENERGY THERAPIES

Healing touch techniques

Reiki

Qigong

Magnetic field therapy

5. ANCIENT MEDICAL SYSTEMS

Traditional Chinese medicine

Ayurvedic medicine

Acupuncture

Source: Society for Integrative Oncology