Keywords: integrative medicine, complementary medicine, conventional medicine, lifestyle diseases, Tibb, application, healthcare, developing countries, chronic disease
Integrative Medicine, chronic disease and Tibb
Integrative Medicine (IM) incorporates elements of complementary and conventional medicine into diagnosis and treatment of diseases. It focuses on health and healing by supporting the body's innate healing abilities. The complementary arm of IM can resort to specific therapeutic techniques like acupuncture, or broadly adopt particular medical paradigms such as Homeopathy or Tibb. IM has a role to play in the treatment of acute disorders, mainly via the conventional arm of treatment, and chronic disorders, mainly via the complementary aspect. It should be considered for the increasingly prevalent diseases of lifestyle, and is an attractive healthcare paradigm for developing countries.