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The Science of Integrative Medicine

Produced in collaboration with Mayo Clinic, this course covers the science based facts of commonly used integrative treatment.
The Science of Integrative Medicine is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 37.
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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Panned My objection to this program is that the professor does not evidence that he follows the advice that he is giving and, for that reason, he is not believable. I feel that he is a corporate businessman who doesn't do the fundamental things that are necessary for a long, healthy life without the need for intervention by the healthcare system. He does not look like he has ever been in a gym or done any exercise at all and so right from the first video I felt that he was not authentic. I would take this program down.
Date published: 2023-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insight into alternative ways to health. If Mayo Clinic says it is a way to go, I believe it.
Date published: 2022-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read for Anyone Who Wants To Avoid Disease A lot of valuable information on alternative treatments for many medical conditions. All recommended alternatives are evidence based.
Date published: 2022-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good course adding additional tools to work with and a fresh focus on my personal goals.
Date published: 2022-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Science of Integrative Medicine Integrative Medicine is a hot buzzword these days and I bought this course so I could get an authoritative take on what it is and how it differs from traditional. medicine. It turns out to be an alternate take on how to deal with medical issues, through acupuncture, hypnosis, and other approaches rather than traditional medicine's "pill or knife" approach. Integrative medicine is light on peer-review studies and solid proof of its effectiveness, but is part of a holistic view of medicine. and should be considered by anyone.
Date published: 2022-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I enjoyed this course. Dr. Bauer provided a stellar presentation.
Date published: 2021-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worthwhile Class! I especially appreciate Dr. Bauer's willingness to share both pros and cons of a wide variety of wellness practices and complementary treatments. His presentation was focused, accessible, and enjoyable.
Date published: 2021-05-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great talk, but no go. I am an integrative medicine doctor, and this gives a great overview, but the lecturer is an MD (medical dr- allopathic). It clearly shows that the dr actually doesn't even practice what he lectures on. His mere size and inflammatory look says it all. How can you passionately teach something and not practice it? The course is a disappointment as it gives only a very broad overview (doesn't even really touch on the subjects), just explains around it. I signed up thinking this is wonderful. After reviewing 2 courses I am ready to cancel my membership.
Date published: 2021-02-18
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Integrative medicine describes the addition of natural or holistic practices into the health-care paradigm to complement conventional Western medicine and promote overall wellness. The Science of Integrative Medicine, produced in collaboration with Mayo Clinic-one of the finest health institutions on the planet-provides 12 informative lectures on the science-based facts of commonly used integrative treatments.


Brent A. Bauer

There has been a shift of focus toward wellness and preventative medicine in medicine today, and this is where complementary practices can play a huge role.


Director of the Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program
Brent A. Bauer, M.D., is board-certified in internal medicine, a Professor of Medicine, and the director of the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic, where he has been on staff for 24 years. His main research interest has been the scientific evaluation of integrative medicine therapies, which patients and consumers are using with increasing frequency. Dr. Bauer's work is at the forefront of the emerging field of integrative medicine, which combines the best of conventional medicine with the best of evidence-based complementary therapies. Dr. Bauer has written several book chapters and more than 100 papers on integrative therapies, and he is the medical editor of Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine. He is a member of numerous scientific review panels and is currently collaborating on more than 20 studies being conducted at Mayo Clinic. He is the medical director of Rejuvenate, the first spa at Mayo Clinic, and of the Well Living Lab, a collaboration between Delos and the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation.

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The Science of Integrative Medicine
The Science of Integrative Medicine


Complementary and Integrative Medicine

01: Complementary and Integrative Medicine

Explore the history of alternative approaches to care that have evolved into integrative therapies still in use today. The discussion begins with research investigating how nutrition, exercise, stress management, and social support (NESS) positively affected men diagnosed with prostate cancer. You'll understand why some doctors may still have questions about integrative practices, while others fir...

29 min
Making the Case for Integrative Medicine

02: Making the Case for Integrative Medicine

Review the science behind the benefits of healthy habits, including eating well, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep. Discover the multitude of positive impacts these habits can have on your mind, body, and overall wellness. Get tips to easily integrate simple changes into your daily routines....

28 min
Herbal Supplements

03: Herbal Supplements

Delve into the world of herbal supplements to understand the pros and cons of adding them to your health-care regimen. Get a handle on why no herbal supplement is necessarily "good" or "bad," and learn why it is so important to use supplements responsibly, with your doctor's input and guidance....

30 min
Supplements in Practice

04: Supplements in Practice

Take a deeper dive into some of the most common supplements, and find out which ones Dr. Bauer recommends and uses in his own practice. Understand why he'll sometimes suggest treatments even when they haven't been definitively proven to be widely effective, or have produced mixed results....

32 min
Mind-Body Medicine

05: Mind-Body Medicine

Examine the phenomenon of the mind-body connection to see how you can positively influence your mind in order to improve your body. This area of research is opening the door to new ways of thinking about and approaching various healing techniques. Dr. Bauer shares the latest findings and examples....

30 min
Guided Imagery, Hypnosis, and Spirituality

06: Guided Imagery, Hypnosis, and Spirituality

Focusing your mind has been known to help alleviate pain, symptoms of illness, and side effects of medications, and even to aid in changing negative behaviors. Dr. Bauer takes you through three practices-guided imagery, hypnotherapy, and spirituality-to demonstrate how these methods can be used in conjunction with Western medicine....

31 min
Practicing Meditation

07: Practicing Meditation

Taking the mindful approach a step further, Dr. Bauer provides you with an insightful examination of meditation. In addition to reviewing the multitude of benefits that meditation can provide as both a coping strategy and a preventive measure, Dr. Bauer walks you through a number of steps you can take to help establish a successful meditation session so you can make the most of this practice....

27 min
Moving Meditation: Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong

08: Moving Meditation: Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong

Often grouped together with other mindful practices, Dr. Bauer dedicates an entire lecture to moving meditation, including yoga, tai chi, and qi gong. Although these methods have existed for thousands of years, the scientific benefits of integrating these practices into modern Western healing have just recently begun to emerge. Dr. Bauer reviews this research and provides examples of how these tec...

30 min
Relaxation Therapies

09: Relaxation Therapies

Superficially, relaxation therapies seem easy, but Dr. Bauer points out that to really get the maximum health benefits, you have to fully immerse yourself in these practices, and doing so can be challenging at first. He guides you through the process, noting the many mental and physical advantages that come with true relaxation. Once you've mastered it, relaxation will become second nature....

31 min
Effective Acupuncture

10: Effective Acupuncture

"Does acupuncture work?" is a question that's often met with controversy. Dr. Bauer discusses scientific evidence that demonstrates both the effectiveness of this technique and the medical conditions it has been known to help alleviate. He also provides valuable tips to help you prepare yourself and make the most out of each acupuncture session....

29 min
Massage Therapy and Spinal Manipulation

11: Massage Therapy and Spinal Manipulation

Many people appreciate a good massage, yet few really grasp the science behind how effectively it can help with healing. Based on ancient principals such as acupressure, Dr. Bauer illustrates how this practice is more than just a back rub and, when done properly, can have long-lasting effects that go beyond the session....

30 min
Living Well

12: Living Well

Throughout the course, Dr. Bauer offers suggestions on how to approach the topic of integrative medicine with your doctor. He also touches on new integrative strategies that are being researched. By the end of this lecture, you'll be equipped with a variety of options for how to create a comprehensive wellness program that can positively affect your mental and physical health for years to come....

31 min