As one of the country’s premier centers for integrative medicine, the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine conducts ongoing clinical research to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of complementary and alternative treatments and therapies.
We are committed to clinical research for two very important reasons. One, we understand that the widespread consumer use of complementary and alternative health care is often not based on clear guidelines for choosing treatments for specific problems. It is our goal to establish those guidelines. And two, complementary and alternative treatment methods must be based on solid scientific research in order to gain the acceptance and support of physicians and conventional medical experts.
Among the therapies we are currently evaluating or plan to evaluate are:
- Mind-body medicine
- Music therapy
- Herbal medicine
- Energy medicine
- Spirituality and prayer