Integrative medicine and herbalism are growth industries. Traditional Chinese medicine, Western medicine... there are many intersections of ancient and modern medicine in today’s world. In comprehensive medical practices, conventional medicine and technological medicine are balanced with complementary and alternative therapies for truly personalized medicine. In the laboratory, the genomics of natural products show great promise for future drug development.
Integrative Translations offers Chinese to English medical translations of complementary and alternative therapies.
INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE EXAM
What do practitioners, instructors, and other leaders consider essential to a comprehensive practice? The exam for practitioners of integrative medicine reflects the diverse nature of this specialization:
- Nutrition (15% of the exam) covers macronutrients, micronutrients, nutritional deficiencies, therapeutic diets (gluten-free, Mediterranean), elimination diets, social and cultural influence on diet, environmental factors such as pesticides, mercury, and local food sources, organic foods, and functional foods.
- Dietary supplements, botanicals, and other natural products (15%), including adverse effects/drug interactions, quality control, and evidence for the safety/effectiveness of high-frequency and evidence-based supplements.
- Mind-body medicine and spirituality (14%) refers to mental and emotional influences on health (stress, optimism, resilience in the face of adversity, positive thinking) as well as physical influences on mental and emotional health (sleep, exercise, and diet), self-regulation therapies (biofeedback, hypnotherapy, meditation), placebos and nocebos, spirituality and health (coping, attitudes, transpersonal healing), and religion and health (beliefs, practices).
- Complementary and alternative therapies (10%). Manipulative and body-based medicine (osteopathic, craniosacral, chiropractic, massage), energy medicine (therapeutic touch, Reiki, healing touch, taijiquan, qigong, light, chromotherapy), movement therapies (yoga, Feldenkrais, Alexander technique, Trager approach), and expressive arts, including art, music, dance, and sound.
- Whole medical systems (8%) including traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, traditional medical systems (Native American, shamanism, curanderismo), homeopathy, and naturopathy.
- Lifestyle, prevention, and health promotion (13%). Social factors and health (family and community), barriers to change, motivational interviewing, physical activity and exercise, environmental factors (exposures and benefits), risk reduction (epigenetic considerations), self-care, and sleep, as well as healthy and unhealthy behaviors (including addictions).
- Integrative approaches to conventional medicine (15%). Women’s health, men’s health, pediatrics, geriatrics, cardiovascular health, gastrointestinal health, cancer, mental health, respiratory health, dermatology, neurology, pain management, rheumatology, endocrinology, infectious disease, allergies, death and dying, palliative care, and diagnostic techniques.
- Philosophy, history, ethics, and foundations of integrative medicine (5%). Finally, the professional practice of integrative medicine involves prioritization, risk-benefit analysis, doctor-patient communication, evidence-based principles, legal aspects, and cost-effectiveness, along with critical assessment of unproven diagnostic and treatment methods.
KERILYN'S RECENT CHINESE TO ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS OF JOURNAL ARTICLES IN THE FIELD OF INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE:
- Clinical study of the therapeutic effects of the mental-regulating/pain-relieving acupuncture needling technique on serological indicators in the treatment of poststroke shoulder pain
- Randomized, controlled study of acupuncture plus hormone drug therapy in the treatment of poor ovarian response
- Study of the effects of transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation on depression in late pregnancy, and effects on inflammatory cytokines
- The herbal formula Fangsheng Tongsheng (composed of Radix saposhnikoviae, Rhizoma ligustici wallichii, Radix angelicae sinensis, Herba menthae haplocalycis, Herba ephedrae, and 12 other herbs) plus desloratadine tablets in the treatment of pruritus in elderly patients, and its effects on histamine levels
- Advances in the study of the active ingredients of traditional Chinese herbs for alleviating acetaminophen-induced liver injury