Frontiers of Medicine

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 152–159 | Cite as

Holistic integrative medicine: toward a new era of medical advancement

Letter to Frontiers of Medicine

Abstract

Medicine has encountered unprecedented problems associated with changes in nature, society, and environment, as well as with new human quests for survival, longevity, and health. In the meantime, the development of medicine is facing challenges that resulted from the over-division and specialization of disciplines and the fragmentation of medical knowledge. To construct a new medical system that is more suitable for human health and disease treatment, holistic integrative medicine (HIM), which regards the human body as a holistic entity, organically integrates the most advanced knowledge and theories in each medical field and the most effective practices in various clinical specialties to revise and adjust on the basis of social, environmental, and psychological conditions. HIM is the inevitable and necessary direction for the future development of medicine. In this article, we illustrated the connotation of HIM, the differences between HIM and other medical conceptions, and the practice of HIM in recent years.

Keywords

holistic integrative medicine precision medicine general practice medicine 

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. 1.
    Roy P. The Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine. London: Cambridge University Press, 2001Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Fan D. Holistic integrative medicine. AmJ Dig Dis 2014; 1(1): 22–36Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Fan D. Advance and retreat of life science in three thousand years. Negative (Yi Xue Zheng Ming) 2010; 1(1): 1–6 (in Chinese)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Fan D. On holistic integrative medicine. Negative (Yi Xue Zheng Ming) 2014; 5(5): 1–13 (in Chinese)Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Fan D. More reflection on medicine and science. Negative (Yi Xue Zheng Ming) 2015; 6(6): 1–16 (in Chinese)Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Fan X, Yang Z, Fan D. More reflection on holistic integrative medicine. Med Philos (Humanistic & Social Medicine Edition) (Yi Xue Yu Zhe Xue Ren Wen She Hui Yi Xue Ban) 2013; 34(3): 6–11,27 (in Chinese)Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Fan D. Preliminary reflection on holistic integrative medicine. Negative (Yi Xue Zheng Ming) 2012; 3(2): 3–12 (in Chinese)Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Fan D. Medicine and science. Negative (Yi Xue Zheng Ming) 2015; 6(2): 1–19 (in Chinese)Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Sierpina V, Kreitzer MJ, Anderson R, Hanaway P, Shannon S, Sudak N. The American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine: past, present, and future. Explore (NY) 2010; 6(3): 192–195CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    Junaid R, Abaas M, Fatima B, Anis I, Hussain M. Attitude and practice of patients and doctors towards complementary and alternative medicine. J Pak Med Assoc 2012; 62(8): 865–868PubMedGoogle Scholar
  11. 11.
    Dobos G, Tao I. The model ofWestern integrative medicine: the role of Chinese medicine. Chin J Integr Med 2011; 17(1): 11–20CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  12. 12.
    Wang J, Gou J, Zhao J. The practice and function of multidisciplinary diagnosis and treatment in general hospitals. Med Philos (Yi Xue Yu Zhe Xue) 2015; 36(9B): 1–4 (in Chinese)Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Evidence-Based Medicine Working Group. Evidence-based medicine. A new approach to teaching the practice of medicine. JAMA 1992; 268(17): 2420–2425Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Jiang XW, Yin N, Dai K. The practice of translational medicine at Harvard Medical School and its implication in China. Natl Med J China (Zhonghua Yi Xue Za Zhi) 2010; 90(22): 1519–1521 (in Chinese)Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    Yang Z. Do not let precision medicine be kidnapped. Front Med 2015; 9(4): 512–513CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  16. 16.
    Fan D. Integrative lessons for pharmacologists and physicians. Negative (Yi Xue Zheng Ming) 2014; 5(1): 1–6 (in Chinese)Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    Fan D. Holistic integrative gastroenterology guides the development of gastroenterology in China. Chin J Dig (Zhonghua Xiao Hua Za Zhi) 2013; 33(10): 649–650 (in Chinese)Google Scholar
  18. 18.
    Fan D. Holistic integrative hepatology. Chin J Hepatol (Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing Za Zhi) 2015; 23(7): 481–482 (in Chinese)Google Scholar
  19. 19.
    Yang Z, Liu Y, Fan D. Theory and practice of holistic integrative medicine. Chin J Intern Med (Zhonghua Nei Ke Za Zhi) 2016; 55(6): 480–482 (in Chinese)Google Scholar
  20. 20.
    Fan D. Application of holistic integrative medicine in endocrinological and metabolic diseases. Chin J Endocrinol Metab (Zhonghua Nei Fen Mi Dai Xie Za Zhi) 2016; 32(3): 177–180 (in Chinese)Google Scholar
  21. 21.
    Yang Z, Fan D. Theoretical analysis of holistic integrative medicine. Natl Med J China (Zhonghua Yi Xue Za Zhi) 2016; 96(4): 247–249 (in Chinese)Google Scholar
  22. 22.
    Liu Y. Holistic Integrative Hepato-Enterology — a dialogue between liver and gut. Beijing: People’s Medical Publishing House, 2014 (in Chinese)Google Scholar
  23. 23.
    Wang N. Holistic Integrative Ophthalmology. Beijing: People’s Medical Publishing House, 2014 (in Chinese)Google Scholar
  24. 24.
    Li Z, Chen R, Hu X. Holistic Integrative Pancreatic Oncology. Shanghai: Shanghai Science and Technology Press, 2015 (in Chinese)Google Scholar
  25. 25.
    Fang J. Holistic Integrative Colorectal Oncology. Beijing: People’s Medical Publishing House, 2015 (in Chinese)Google Scholar
  26. 26.
    Fan D. Holistic Integrative Medicine—Theory and Practice. Xi’an: World Book Publishing Xi’an Co., Ltd., 2016 (in Chinese)Google Scholar
  27. 27.
    Fan D. Health care reform through addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Negative (Yi Xue Zheng Ming) 2016; 7(3): 1–20 (in Chinese)Google Scholar
  28. 28.
    Fan D. Strategy of top quality improvement and discipline construction. Negative (Yi Xue Zheng Ming) 2015; 6(1): 1–16 (in Chinese)Google Scholar
  29. 29.
    Fan D. Holistic integrative medicine—a new era of medical development. Natl Med J China (Zhonghua Yi Xue Za Zhi) 2016; 96(22): 1713–1718 (in Chinese)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Higher Education Press and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Xijing Hospital of Digestive Diseasesthe Fourth Military Medical UniversityXi’anChina
  2. 2.Chinese Academy of EngineeringBeijingChina

Personalised recommendations