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Clinical Updates in Women's Health Care

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Complementary and Integrative Approaches in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Integrative medicine is a holistic approach to health care that acknowledges multiple dimensions of health, including its physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects. It approaches health not just as absence of disease but as a state of optimal vitality, and uses all appropriate evidence-based modalities, including lifestyle interventions, complementary treatments, and conventional allopathic methods, in one paradigm. Use of non-conventional therapies by women and interest in integrative care is very high. Much disinformation exists and many women engage in non-conventional therapies without medical advice, sometimes benefiting from them, but also possibly delaying needed care or placing themselves at risk. Research and clinical interest in non-conventional methods also is rising within the medical community, with increased recognition of the value of an integrative health model for individuals and communities. Obstetrician–gynecologists are in a unique position to support their patients in holistic health optimization by choosing beneficial integrative strategies while identifying potentially harmful practices.

About Clinical Updates

Clinical Updates in Women's Care is designed to educate obstetrician–gynecologists in primary and preventive care issues that related to office practice. Each peer-reviewed monograph provides a clinically-oriented overview of conditions that affect women's health.

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