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BU Researcher: Integrative Medicine Holds “Promise” for Veterans

A growing body of research evidence shows that complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has health benefits for U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel, according to an article co-authored by a Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researcher, who is also a guest editor of a special December supplement to the journal Medical Care.

In presenting 14 new studies on CAM therapies, Dr. A. Rani Elwy, assistant professor of health policy and management at BUSPH, and Dr. Stephanie L. Taylor of the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System said the recent research represents “promising steps to improve the health of veterans and active military personnel.” They cite statistics showing that CAM programs are now offered at nearly 90 percent of VA medical facilities.

One study, led by Dr. Elwy, found that meditation and acupuncture were among the most frequently offered and studied mind and body practices. The study recommends that future research should include yoga, which is currently understudied, and that the quality of future studies should be improved.

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