Randomised control trials, the gold standard in research, are difficult to design in studying the efficacy of Integrative Medicine therapies. This is primarily because integrative therapy is not only holistic in nature, but adopts multiple techniques in parallel.
That said, plenty of research evidence is available across multiple platforms. In general, there is sufficient evidence to support the efficacy of certain therapy techniques for specific disease families. These include, but are not limited to:
- Alleviation of anxiety, depression, insomnia and other mental health symptoms through mind-body therapies like breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, meditation, Psychotherapy, Aromatherapy and Yoga.
- Alleviation of chronic pain (including Oncology-related pain) and mobility improvement through some of the above mind-body therapies, in conjunction with energy and physical therapies like stretching, therapeutic massage, Acupuncture, Moxibustion and Cupping.
- Symptom management, and in some cases disease reversal, for lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, coronary artery disease and hypertension through some of the above mind-body therapies, supportive dietary regimen and physical exercise in conjunction with conventional medication.
The above is just a subset of domains where there is sufficient evidence to support the efficacy of Integrative Medicine.