The American Journal of Medicine, May 2021

Integrative Medicine and the Long Hauler
Syndrome—We Meet Again

“What remains in diseases after the crisis is apt to produce relapses.”
Hippocrates, Aphorisms (400 BCE)

Integrative medicine (IM) has been attacked by some
medical skeptics who point to a lack of systematic and comprehensive randomized controlled trials. Defined as healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole
person including all aspects of lifestyle, IM emphasizes the
therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient,
is informed by evidence and makes use of all appropriate
therapies. Yet some believe that there is simply not enough
evidence to incorporate lifestyle and other systems of medicine into our medical practice.

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