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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University August 22, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 42
 
Integrative Med offers alternatives
Johns Hopkins will now offer selected, evidence- based alternative medicine services, including acupuncture, a mind-body program and a consultation service, through the Johns Hopkins Center for Integrative Medicine. The program is designed to fill a void for those patients who wish to explore proven alternative therapies not offered by conventional health care providers.

We developed CIM to scientifically test and review alternative approaches to medicine in order to ascertain what is beneficial, effective and safe and what is not. This is why we can now enthusiastically offer acupuncture and mind-body programs, which have been found effective for many patients, Adrian Dobs, director of CIM and the Hopkins Clinical Trials Unit, said.

CIM was established five years ago with a $7.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and a mandate to study alternative therapies for cancer with the same scientific rigor that Johns Hopkins employs in its other clinical trials. A grant from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research is funding a new, complementary and integrative medicine program for oncology patients. Mind-body courses of varying lengths are designed to help patients cope with their emotional responses to cancer as well as the symptoms of the disease.

Also offered by CIM is a consulting service to help patients and their health care providers sort through various complementary therapies to determine which approaches work best for them as well as to ensure that any herbal or nontraditional drugs being taken are compatible with other medical drugs.

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