CAMbrella – Communication Platform on topics related to Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in Europe

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“The Future of Comprehensive Patient Care” is the overall theme of the 3rd European Congress for Integrative Medicine (ECIM), taking place in Berlin, December 3-4, 2010. The main topics of the congress will be: – Cancer – Pain – Mental Disorders – Atopic Diseases – Patient and Physician Relationship and Placebo – Primary Care – Education – Various topics The congress offers a platform for medical practitioners and healthcare professionals as well as scientists, sponsors, and health politicians. The aim is to actively influence the development of the best possible health care. Besides international renowned experts in the field of Integrative Medicine, medical practitioners from outpatient and inpatient settings are invited to participate in a lively exchange of ideas. Integrative Medicine combines conventional Western medicine with complementary methods of treatment such as naturopathy, homoeopathy, and acupuncture. By overcoming the ideological divides between these systems, Integrative Medicine has the potential to provide the best possible medical care to each individual. The 2nd European Congress for Integrative Medicine in November 2009 was another step to further establish Integrative Medicine. More than 1,000 participants engaged in a lively exchange over 3 days. Excellent speakers, high quality contributions and a fruitful networking of science and medical practice were a prolific condition to continue the congress in the future. More than 600 scientists from various areas of expertise, medical practitioners, as well as health policy officials from 26 countries discussed the future of optimal health care, which can essentially be improved by expanding Integrative Medicine. Text: Benno Brinkhaus, Congress President cambrella2-9350685