A Word from our Chair, Dr Leila Sadien
On behalf of the South African Society of Integrative Medicine, I invite you to join us at our 3rd SACIM conference, taking place at the magnificent, internationally acclaimed Spier wine estate in Cape Town.
As Integrative medicine continues to gain traction as a respected medical specialty globally, SASIM remains at the forefront of its development in Southern Africa. We are striving to develop and implement innovative new projects to fulfill our mandate to support practitioners, share knowledge and promote the advancement of Integrative Medicine in Africa.
As with all new paradigms, the definition of this relatively new speciality refines and expands with its evolution. Simplistically put however, Integrative Medicine is the science of healing holistically. Its practitioners view patients as a whole entity, comprising body, heart, mind and soul and use whichever therapies and interventions are scientifically shown to be most effective and safe, even if not taught at conventional medical schools.
We have historically been challenged with the limits of scientific medical research methods in supporting or understanding the mind, body, soul connection but we are now living in a time where the fields of psychoneuroimmunology and quantum medicine are growing exponentially. Evidence is mounting. The scientific community can now join us in journeying into the healing effects of spirituality and accept that it may explore the world beyond our five senses.
This is the focus of our 2021 conference entitled “The Art and Science of Medicine”. Our brilliant speakers have been selected because of their extraordinary success in treating patients in just this way and we look forward to them sharing how they incorporate this concept into their practices, within their individual specialities.
I invite you to come and learn with us from some of the best Integrative Medicine doctors in the world, many from right here in South Africa. Most importantly I invite you to come and be part of history as we collaborate together in the evolution of Integrative Medicine.
Dr Leila Sadien, MBChB (UCT)
SACIM 2021 Chair
Integrative medicine takes conventional approaches (drugs and surgery) further by considering the whole person (body, emotions, mind, spirit and energy), including nutrition and lifestyle. It also emphasises the role of natural products in supporting health.
– Dr. Bernard Brom – SASIM Founder
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