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11 Integrative Medicine Breakthroughs Of 2011

First Posted: 12/27/2011 8:47 am EST   Updated: 12/27/2011 12:36 pm EST

It's been a year of big breakthroughs in integrative medicine, the approach that combines Western or allopathic medicine with complementary practices. So much so that Prevention magazine recently declared us to be in the midst of a "health care revolution" as ever more doctors work elements like yoga, acupuncture and mindfulness into more, quote, traditional care.

So we rounded up 11 of the moments we think stood out most in 2011 -- moments that thrust the spotlight on the potential benefits of adopting a more integrative approach when it comes to your health.

And of course, here's to many more of them in a safe, happy 2012!

Yoga Approved For Back Pain
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Back in October, an Archives of Internal Medicine study showed that weekly yoga is effective when it comes to the management of chronic back pain -- as is regular stretching. The research confirmed what many yogis have long suspected: Yoga can help with pain management, sans drugs.

Indeed, as HuffPost blogger Dr. Loren Fishman pointed out in an accompanying post, the study was "long awaited" and "the best of its kind in organization, sheer brute numbers and statistical analysis."
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