Integrative Therapy on the Stage

Integrative therapy is generally a combination of Western medicine, alternative medicine, traditional medicine, etc., and there are a wide variety of therapies. The biggest feature is that it integrates various medical treatments and provides patient-centered medical care, and it also covers modern Western medicine, traditional medicine, complementary / alternative medicine, empirical traditional / folk medicine, and folk remedies.


Most of the medical care that Japanese people usually receive using the insurance system is based on Western medicine. Western medicine is evolving day by day, but on the other hand, the number of highly intractable diseases of unknown cause such as cancer is increasing, and the current situation is that standard treatment alone cannot always cover it. Integrative therapies include traditional Chinese medicine, which is familiar with Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and acupressure, and traditional medicine such as Ayurveda, which is an Indian medicine, as well as various alternative therapies such as diet, nutrition therapy, homeopathy, natural remedies, and hyperthermia. included. It is a treatment method that focuses on the cause rather than the symptom, and aims to improve the natural healing power of each patient and recover from the disease. Compared to chemotherapy, cancer treatment has less burden on the body such as side effects, so more and more doctors are adopting integrated therapy in advanced medical countries such as the United States, Germany, and Tijuana, Mexico. In particular, by reviewing diet and nutrition, there is a growing movement to use it for the treatment and prevention of many diseases, and nutrition is now recognized as one of the “new treatment methods”.


The usefulness of integrative medicine and alternative medicine is now recognized worldwide, and in the United States, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan, has established an alternative medicine department, which has already been placed in nine prefectures. Medicine is licensed. In addition, specialized research is being conducted at 13 universities and research institutes overseas, including Harvard University and the University of California. In Japan as well, in the last 10 years, the movement to seek patient-centered medical care has become active thanks to the efforts of not only this association but also many patients and doctors who are not limited to Western medicine. 

Integrative medicine, in which patients select the optimal treatment method on their own and implement it in combination, is becoming widespread, albeit little by little. However, in reality, one in two Japanese people will get cancer and one in three will die, and the number of patients fighting cancer is steadily increasing. This association is continuing activities to make as many people as possible aware of the possibilities of integrated therapy and to help improve their health through information dissemination. 

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