Courses and Seminars

University of Chicago "Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)" course

Background: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), such as herbal medications, acupuncture, homeopathy, etc., can be defined as those healthcare practices that are not currently considered an integral part of conventional therapies. By conservative estimates, Americans spend approximately $27 billion per year on CAM. More Americans visit CAM practitioners than primary care physicians, and a significant percentage of patients being treated by allopathic physicians are also employing CAM therapies.

Objectives: This course, presented by the University of Chicago faculty and guest speakers, aims to help medical students become familiar with most commonly used CAM practices and CAM therapies used in selected medical conditions.

Book: Yuan, C.S., Bieber, E.J. and Bauer, B.A. (eds.) 2006. Textbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine "Second Edition". Informa Healthcare / CRC Press: New York.

The following topics have been presented in the course:

CAM: Impact on conventional medicine, by Dr. C.S. Yuan
Commonly used herbal medicines, by Dr. M. Lee
Current status of herbal products in the U.S.A., by Dr. H. Fong
Acupuncture, by Dr. Y. Wang
Homeopathy, by Dr. T. Bark
Traditional Chinese medicine, by Dr. W. Xuan
Field trips to visit CAM practitioners' offices
RealAge: Foods, nutrients and megavitamins, by Dr. M.F. Roizen
Two ancient medicines: Androgen and green tea, by Dr. S. Liao
Anti-oxidant activities of harbal medicines, by Dr. Vandan Hoek
Herbal medicine and drug development, by Dr. C.S. Yuan
Herbal/food/drug interactions, by Dr. J. Moss
Health is inner peace / Meditation, by Dr. H. Pokharna
Prayer in the clinical setting, by Dr. D. Schiedermayer
Reproductive biology and CAM, by Dr. E.J. Bieber
Ginseng pharmacology, by Dr. C.S. Yuan
Evidence-based medicine: Does CAM meet the standards? By Dr. R. Hammerschlag
Treatment of insomnia: An alternative approach, by Dr. C.S. Yuan
Prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, by Dr. M. Sorrentino
Risks of ephedra-containing dietary supplements, by Dr. S. Mehendale
CAM therapies for type 2 diabetes, by Dr. C.S. Yuan
What works for coronary artery disease? by Dr. M. Sorrentino
Are there any CAM remedies for obesity, by Dr. L. Dey
What should my patients know about CAM? by Dr. L. Elliott
What you and your patients should know before surgery? By Dr. M. Lee
A pediatric perspective on alternative medicine, by Dr. N. Lass