TY - CHAP A1 - Cengiz Mordeniz ED1 - Cengiz Mordeniz Y1 - 2019-12-11 PY - 2019 T1 - Introductory Chapter: Traditional and Complementary Medicine N2 - Modern medicine has reached a point where the patient is not treated as a biopsychosocial-spiritual being but rather is seen as a virtual identity consisting of laboratory findings and images. More focus is placed on relieving the symptoms instead of curing the disease. Mostly, patients are turned into lifetime medication-dependent individuals. New medicines are needed to overcome the side effects, complications, resistance, and intolerance caused by pharmacological and interventional therapies. In hopes of drug-free and painless alternative treatments with fewer complications, there has been a trend to revisit traditional methods that have been dismissed by modern medicine. Traditional medicine has to be reevaluated with modern scientific methods to complement and integrate with evidence-based modern medicine. BT - Traditional and Complementary Medicine SP - Ch. 1 UR - https://doi.org/10.5772/intechopen.86373 DO - 10.5772/intechopen.86373 SN - 978-1-78985-377-3 PB - IntechOpen CY - Rijeka Y2 - 2021-03-02 ER -