An integrative medicine physician’s perspective on herbal and energy medicine

Yufang Lin


Many scientific discoveries in the last two centuries have revolutionized medicine, leading to longer survival and a prolonged lifespan. Modern medicine is excellent at treating symptoms and acute illness, but the rising prevalence of chronic diseases and ballooning medical costs suggest a different approach may be necessary. Integrative medicine promotes a holistic view of a person and his/her concerns, reduces disease by removing the root cause of the illness and supports innate healing ability of human body. Herbal medicine and energy medicine are two of the treatment modalities commonly considered in this holistic approach.