The Science of Integrative Medicine

Watch The Science of Integrative Medicine

  • 2016
  • 1 Season

The Science of Integrative Medicine is a fascinating, informative and thought-provoking course from The Great Courses Signature Collection. Hosted by Brent Bauer, M.D., Director of the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic, this course explores integrative medicine, which combines conventional and complementary approaches to healthcare.

Over the course of 12 lectures, Dr. Bauer discusses the principles of integrative medicine, analyzes the latest scientific research on complementary therapies, examines case studies of successful integrative care, and offers practical advice on how to incorporate integrative medicine into your own life. He draws on his decades of experience as a physician, researcher, and teacher to provide a comprehensive overview of this rapidly-growing field.

The first few lectures focus on defining integrative medicine and providing an overview of its history, philosophy, and principles. Dr. Bauer discusses the different types of complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, and yoga, and examines how they can be used to complement conventional medical treatments. He also discusses evidence-based medicine, the importance of patient-centered care, and the need for a holistic approach to healthcare.

In subsequent lectures, Dr. Bauer delves deeper into specific complementary therapies and investigates the scientific evidence for their efficacy. For example, he examines the use of acupuncture for pain management, the use of herbal remedies for sleep disorders, and the benefits of mind-body techniques like meditation and tai chi. He also discusses the importance of lifestyle factors like diet, exercise, and stress reduction in promoting health and preventing disease.

Throughout the course, Dr. Bauer emphasizes the importance of a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to healthcare. He explains how integrative medicine can be used in conjunction with conventional treatments to achieve better patient outcomes, and why it is crucial for healthcare providers to work together to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care. He also offers practical advice on how patients can talk to their healthcare providers about integrative medicine, and how to find qualified practitioners.

Overall, The Science of Integrative Medicine is a must-watch for anyone interested in healthcare and wellness. Dr. Bauer's engaging, informative style and his wealth of knowledge make this course both enjoyable and educational. You'll come away from this course with a better understanding of the principles of integrative medicine, as well as practical tips on how to incorporate this approach into your own life. Whether you're a healthcare provider, a patient, or just someone interested in staying healthy, this course is sure to deepen your understanding of the fascinating and rapidly-evolving field of integrative medicine.

The Science of Integrative Medicine is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on November 1, 2016.

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Living Well
12. Living Well
November 1, 2016
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.
Massage Therapy and Spinal Manipulation
11. Massage Therapy and Spinal Manipulation
November 1, 2016
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.
Effective Acupuncture
10. Effective Acupuncture
November 1, 2016
€œDoes 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.
Relaxation Therapies
9. Relaxation Therapies
November 1, 2016
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.
Moving Meditation: Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong
8. Moving Meditation: Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong
November 1, 2016
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.
Practicing Meditation
7. Practicing Meditation
November 1, 2016
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.
Guided Imagery, Hypnosis, and Spirituality
6. Guided Imagery, Hypnosis, and Spirituality
November 1, 2016
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.
Mind-Body Medicine
5. Mind-Body Medicine
November 1, 2016
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.
Supplements in Practice
4. Supplements in Practice
November 1, 2016
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.
Herbal Supplements
3. Herbal Supplements
November 1, 2016
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 €œgood€ or €œbad,€ and learn why it is so important to use supplements responsibly, with your doctor€™s input and guidance.
Making the Case for Integrative Medicine
2. Making the Case for Integrative Medicine
November 1, 2016
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.
Complementary and Integrative Medicine
1. Complementary and Integrative Medicine
November 1, 2016
Explore the history of alternative approaches to care that have evolved into integrative therapies still in use today. You€™ll understand why some doctors may still have questions about integrative practices, while others firmly believe they are worthwhile.
Where to Watch The Science of Integrative Medicine
The Science of Integrative Medicine is available for streaming on the The Great Courses Signature Collection website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Science of Integrative Medicine on demand at Amazon and Kanopy.
  • Premiere Date
    November 1, 2016