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Clinical Research on Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine Research

More and more research studies and clinical trials are being conducted to examine the efficacy and effectiveness of integrative health therapies. The conditions for which centers of integrative health around the U.S. have reported the most clinical success are, in order, chronic pain, gastrointestinal disorders, depression/anxiety, cancer and stress.

The publication Integrative Medicine in America* reports that 75 percent of patients who seek therapy at a center for integrative health do so for chronic pain, and report finding relief. About 59 percent of centers report having success in treating gastrointestinal disorders, such as chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and colitis. Yet another significant condition that people seek care for are depression and anxiety.

Patients who are receiving conventional cancer treatment also seek out integrative health therapies for emotional and nutritional support. These therapies – such as acupuncture – can ease symptoms of cancer treatment, including the fatigue that can be a side effect of chemotherapy or radiation treatments.

Finally, stress management is a major component of integrative health. Directors of many integrative health centers cite this as a key mission: helping to relieve suffering, and the illness that can ensue, through stress reduction.

* Horrigan B, Lewis S, Abrams DI, Pechura C. Integrative Medicine in America—How Integrative Medicine Is Being Practiced in Clinical Centers Across the United States. Glob Adv Health Med. 2012;1(3):18–94. doi:10.7453/gahmj.2012.1.3.006

Research Studies

The experts at University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network also conduct research and clinical trials to further investigate the helpfulness of integrative therapies in treating a variety of symptoms and conditions. Learn more about our research and clinical trials. The following published research studies provide details on the efficacy of the above mentioned treatments:

Research Studies on Acupuncture

Research Studies on Meditation/Relaxation

Research Studies on Mindfulness

Research Studies on Music Therapy

Research Studies on Myofascial Release

Research Studies on General Integrative Medicine

Research Studies on Cancer Treatment

Research Study for Patients with Pre-Hypertension

UH Connor Integrative Health Network recently conducted a research study that looked at ways to manage pre-hypertension through lifestyle changes, including stress management. The Serenity Study was funded through a grant from the National Heart Blood and Lung Institute and is being conducted in collaboration with Kent State University and the University of Pennsylvania. The study was designed to test whether stress management training can help lower blood pressure among individuals with pre-hypertension.

This study is now closed.

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