By Jennie Rothenberg Gritz – The Atlantic, June 25, 2015

When it comes to treating pain and chronic disease, many doctors are turning to treatments like acupuncture and meditation—but using them as a larger, integrative approach to health.

Lauren Giordano/The Atlantic

Lauren Giordano/The Atlantic

“Back in the 1990s, the word ‘alternative’ was a synonym for hip and forward-thinking. There was alternative music and alternative energy; there were even high-profile alternative (U.S.) presidential candidates like Ross Perot and Ralph Nader. And that was the decade when doctors started to realize just how many Americans were using alternative medicine…”

But now…“the idea of alternative medicine—an outsider movement challenging the medical status quo—has fallen out of favor.”

Read more about the new integrative doctors that see treating the patient’s “body, mind and spirit” as far more than a feel-good catchphrase—and how truly integrative medicine is being put into action at places like Harvard, Stanford and the Mayo Clinic.

AuthorJennie Rothenberg Gritz – The Atlantic