Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine have been promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO) since the beginning of this century.
The objective is to offer a whole treatment focused on the patient, carefully humanizing the assistance taking into account the individual as a whole, including the several elements of the family life style and health.
Since 2006, Brazil has had a specific legislation that allows the use of integrative and complementary practices in the National Health Service of Brazil (SUS), being known by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) as a country that recognizes, protects and promotes studies on integrative medicine.
The INTEGRATIVE PEDIATRICS UNIT (IPU) at the Child and Adolescent Institute of Clínicas Hospital at the Medical College of the University of São Paulo is a TRAILBLAZER IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF INTEGRATIVE PEDIATRICS IN BRAZIL through a multi-professional team. It first started in the field of pediatric oncology at the ITACI Hospital, going forward to other medical specialties such as nephrology, neonatology, cardiology, gastroenterology, otorhinolaryngology, intensive care medicine, pain and palliative care.