Simply put, integrative medicine combines natural or holistic practices with conventional Western medicine. Many of my patients are interested in integrative medicine but are fearful of receiving misinformation that may be harmful to them. While there are countless books available about integrative medicine, I haven’t found time to read them and don’t recommend anything that I have not personally reviewed. Therefore, once again, I’ve got a lecture series for those of you who are interested in integrative medicine but don’t know where to start. Brent A. Bauer, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Director of the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic, created a lecture series that consists of twelve thirty minute lectures and reviews the ten most promising practices in integrative medicine. This lecture series includes:

Complementary and integrative medicine
Making the case for integrative medicine
Herbal supplements
Supplements in practice
Mind-body medicine
Guided imagery, hypnosis, and spirituality
Practicing meditation
Moving meditation: yoga, tai chi, and qi gong
Relaxation therapies
Effective acupuncture
Massage therapy and spinal manipulation
Living well

Offered for purchase by The Great Courses, which also sells on Amazon, this lecture series can also be rented from various libraries.

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