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Background to integrative medicine

Integrative medicine is a combination of medical treatments for cancer and complementary therapies to cope with the symptoms and side effects. You may sometimes hear integrative medicine called complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Integrative medicine pairs traditional medicine with other treatments to care for your mind, body, and spirit.

It isn’t just medicine. Your care team may also design a plan to help you build healthy behaviours and skills — like smart eating habits and stress-busting activities. These things can keep you healthy for the long term. Integrative medicine uses complementary treatments, but they have to be backed by good science. Complementary and alternative medicine in Sri Lanka are rooted in this comprehensive approach to wellness, aiming to help the body recover from illness, but also to prevent disease and imbalance from occurring in the first place.