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The Science of Integrative Medicine

by The Great Courses

Take a proactive approach to your health and well-being using integrative treatments.

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What You Get

  • 12 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including a 141-page course guidebook
  • 6+ hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom

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  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

If you’ve ever considered herbal supplements, meditation, yoga, or even changing your diet to promote better health, then you may already be familiar with the subject of “alternative medicine.” Join Professor Brent A. Bauer, M.D., for a fascinating exploration of what we know about this revolutionary — and controversial — field, and how it can help you live a healthier, happier life. Dr. Bauer introduces more than a dozen evidence-based holistic practices to complement conventional Western medicine, discussing the pros and cons of each, as well as popular myths and suggestions for integrating these therapies into your own wellness routine.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Meet your instructor, Dr. Brent Bauer, and start by exploring the history of alternative care approaches that have evolved into therapies still used today. You'll understand why some doctors may still question integrative practices, while others firmly believe they're worthwhile.
2. Making the Case for Integrative Medicine
3. Herbal Supplements
4. Supplements in Practice
5. Mind-Body Medicine
6. Guided Imagery, Hypnosis & Spirituality
7. Practicing Meditiation
8. Moving Meditation: Yoga, Tai Chi & Qi Gong
9. Relaxation Therapies
10. Effective Acupuncture
11. Massage Therapy & Spinal Manipulation
12. Living Well

Taught by

Brent A. Bauer, M.D.
Brent A. Bauer, M.D.
Brent A. Bauer is a board-certified physician of internal medicine, director of the Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program and editor of the "Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine." His 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 published more than 100 papers and contributed to several books on integrative therapies.

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