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Integrative Medicine: Alive On Arrival

From the show: Body Language
Mary Chesney, PhD
Guest Bio
Guest Bio: Mary Chesney, PhD
photo chesneyAs director of the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Margaret A. Chesney oversees programs in integrative medicine research, education and patient care, all of which emphasize the combined use of modern medicine with complementary approaches and established healing practices to promote health, wellness and healing. In addition, she develops partnerships within UCSF, and with the local and national community to advance the field of integrative medicine.

Dr. Chesney's distinguished career in integrative medicine includes her recent work as professor of medicine and associate director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. Before that, Dr. Chesney served for five years as the first deputy director of the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).
Integrative medicine has been one of the best kept secrets in American healthcare, but now the social and economic time is right for this approach to patient care, as it's so closely aligned with what people really want; that is, an approach to patient care that addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person's health.

Guest Margaret Chesney PhD, of the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, discusses the finding of a new Bravewell Collaborative study entitled Integrative Medicine in America, which highlights a new major trend, of increasing public interest in prevention and wellness.

The majority of the integrative medicine centers featured in the study report successful outcomes for patients with chronic pain, gastrointestinal conditions, depression, anxiety, cancer and chronic stress.


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