In the last four decades, the practice of conventional medicine (CM), such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, has shown limitations for the quality of life, treatment effects, and survival of cancer patients. The side-effects caused by surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy frequently impact the confidence and intentions of patients to receiving continued treatment. Thus, the medical field has also started searching for feasible complementary and alternative medical treatments (CAM).
Complementary and Integrated Medicine (CIM) is in the mainstream for medicine in various countries. The concept of complementary and integrated medicine (CIM) hopes to use scientific and empirical research to integrate conventional medicine (CM) and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), in order to elevate diagnostic effects for various chronic diseases, especially cancer.