As a doctor, I was successful in integrating some complementary approaches into my medical practice that satisfied the needs of many patients, including those who were unable to be helped by the traditional system. Why should people facing pain and suffering not have alternative sources of healing? People have already been searching outside the system and paying out of their own pockets for alternative treatments.
While some hospitals and clinics are now putting out banners for integrative medicine and offering acupuncture, massage, nutrition, and other treatments, they are doing so without being taught about them in medical school as part of an integrative model for medicine. Acupuncture, for example, has been accepted on the basis of its use in pain management and stimulation of endorphins, but without regard for the basic concepts of the five elements and ch’i in Chinese medicine. While naturopathic doctors are trained in natural medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, and other natural remedies, they typically use an allopathic and Western philosophy-based approach.
In order to be successful in implementing integrative medicine, it will be necessary to address the following five main challenges.
Challenge 1: The current healthcare crisis and unsustainable rising healthcare costs.
Solution 1: Provide alternative protocols, particularly for people who cannot afford surgery or pharmaceuticals.
Solution 2: The creation of a new paradigm of integrative medicine based on the science of quantum physics, to be taught at medical schools.
Challenge 3: Limited view of human anatomy which considers only the visible physical anatomy.