Complementary and Integrative Medicine Research Unit
Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
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Over the past decade, the general population has become increasingly interested in complementary medical treatments, the most common of which are acupuncture, homeopathy, and naturopathy.
A pluralistic approach to treatment is the only way to guarantee that patients receive the best possible therapy for their particular condition. However, integrating complementary medicine into patients' standard treatment regimens is still problematic. To date, there have been only limited scientific data on the effectiveness of complementary medical techniques. To address this deficiency, the research community needs to focus more attention on this still relatively neglected field of study.
In the following section, a variety of long-term investigations examining the effectiveness of complementary medical treatments is presented. This research places particular emphasis on the potential role of these treatments in a pluralistic approach to health care and disease management.