Narrator: This is Science Today. Integrative medicine is a combination of conventional medicine and alternative treatments, such acupuncture or herbal supplements. Over the years, there's been a push to take integrative medicine mainstream. Dr. John Longhurst of the University of California at Irvine, who studies how acupuncture can help lower blood pressure rates, is director of the university's Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine.
Longhurst: Integrative medicine is important because basically, our patients are demanding it. They're coming to us and telling us that they're taking herbals that they're experiencing a variety of different kinds of therapy such as acupuncture and we need to know any problems that might be associated with it, we need to know its rightful place in our total medical armatarium.
Narrator: The UC Irvine Center for Integrative Medicine is helping to bring scientific validity and greater acceptance to complementary healing practices. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.