Friday, 25 September 2015

Integrative Medicine in Mental Health


Integrative medicine provides an effective, affordable, and safe adjunct to contemporary approaches to the maintenance of mental health and the treatment of mental illness. Rather than relying on any single modality or theoretical model, integrative mental healthcare (IMH) incorporates allopathic, psychological and complementary and alternative approaches tailored to each person’s particular needs. This requires an interdisciplinary approach that empowers patients and provides them with knowledge and specific skills intended to support their inherent capacity for resilience.


  • Acupuncture;
  • Alternative;
  • Biopsychosociospiritual;
  • CAM;
  • Complementary;
  • Integrative;
  • Lifestyle;
  • Massage;
  • Mind–body;
  • Music therapy;
  • Natural products;
  • Supplements


James Duffy, MD is currently clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and a psychiatrist at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Oakland California. He obtained his medical training at the University of Rhodesia, and completed residency training at Brown University. He completed fellowships in neuropsychiatry at Brown and Harvard. He is board certified in adult psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, medical acupuncture, and integrative medicine. He is an elected Fellow of the American Neuropsychiatric Association and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He has been a full professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut, Cornell, and the University of Texas and clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona.
Dr. Lorenzo Cohen is the Richard E. Haynes Distinguished Professor in Clinical Cancer Prevention and director of the Integrative Medicine Program at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston) and distinguished clinical professor, Fudan University Cancer Hospital, Shanghai, China. Dr. Cohen leads a team conducting NIH-funded research and delivering clinical care of integrative medicine practices such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, massage, diet, exercise, acupuncture and other strategies such as stress management, music therapy, emotional writing and more aimed at reducing the negative aspects of cancer treatment and improving quality of life and clinical outcomes. Ongoing studies are examining lifestyle changes in the areas of diet/nutrition, physical activity, and stress management/social network to change the risk of developing cancer and influencing outcomes in those with cancer.
Alejandro Chaoul is an assistant professor and director of education at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine Program, where he conducts research using mind–body techniques with cancer patients, holds group and individual meditation classes and clinic for cancer patients and their support system, and directs the education programs. He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine at MD Anderson. In addition he is an associate faculty member at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, where he teaches medical students in the areas of spirituality, complementary and integrative medicine, and end of life care.
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