Articles - Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine is the Solution to Chronic Illness

From alleviating symptoms of heart disease to efficiently treating trauma patients, modern medicine has ushered in myriad obvious benefits. But it also comes with limitations that the medical community has been slow to recognize.  Across the specialties, physicians have been trained in acute care, but not preventive care. For instance, when faced with a sick patient, a doctor’s routine response ...

Physicians: Practice What You Preach

It’s often said that doctors make the worst patients. One would suppose that, given their training and knowledge, physicians would be well inclined to take appropriate steps to keep themselves healthy whether they are patients or not. But research detailing high rates of physician burnout suggests that this is hardly the case. Dr. Hilary McClafferty, an Associate Professor in the ...

Edison de Mello, M.D., Ph.D. Champions a Proven Path to Better Health

ABOIM® Diplomate Edison de Mello, M.D., Ph.D., the founder of the Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine, recently spoke with The Chalkboard Magazine about his passion for practicing integrative medicine and the many reasons why this clinical specialty is one of the most important trends in wellness. When asked to define integrative medicine, Dr. de Mello stated that it draws from ...

Dr. Georgia Tetlow: Integrative Medicine is Simply Good Practice

Integrative medicine is an evidence-based approach to care that combines the best of modern Western medical techniques with complementary healing practices from around the world. The goal of this established specialty is to focus on the whole person and utilize all available therapeutic modalities to achieve optimal health and healing. Subscribing to the belief that health is not merely the ...

Creating a New Generation of Doctors

In the early 1990s, Dr. Andrew Weil, a board certified, Harvard-trained physician was faced with a dilemma. For years, he had seen firsthand the value of treating his patients holistically, working to not only address existing injuries and illnesses, but also attempt to prevent avoidable conditions that tend to develop later in life. This was the origin of Integrative Medicine, ...

On Being an Integrative Medicine Physician

Integrative Medicine physicians are, by nature, forward thinking. They work with their patients to not only address current problems, but also to identify and address risk factors that could potentially lead to future conditions. This partnership between physician and patient is extremely important as it develops a relationship of trust where both parties actively work together to help the patient ...

Integrative Health and Wellness

Integrative Medicine is one of the most rapidly growing, in-demand medical specialties in North American healthcare today. This intuitive approach to health and wellness has resonated with a public that has become increasingly health conscious and looking to leverage any and all means to achieve optimal health. At the forefront of this specialty is Dr. Andrew Weil, the founder and ...

The Benefits of Taking an ABOIM Review Course

The primary goal of board certification in North American healthcare is to identify and recognize physicians who have sufficiently demonstrated their experience and expertise in their specialty area. Central to the board certification process is the successful completion of a standardized examination. At the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), each of our member boards – including the American Board ...

Leading Medical Organizations Urge Insurance for Non-Pharma/Integrative Pain Care

In March 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had a public comment period on its Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. For years, prescribing a variety of pain killers has been standard practice for managing chronic pain, and there’s no denying the efficacy of this treatment in certain instances. However, opioid addiction is a serious issue ...

Integrative Medicine Fellowships Prepare Physicians for Board Certification

The American Board of Physician Specialties® developed the nation’s first member board dedicated strictly to providing board certification in the emerging field of Integrative Medicine. Named the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM), this board has standardized the core concepts and competencies that define the specialty, ensuring that our Diplomates represent some of the most imminently qualified physicians in the ...

Hospitals are Implementing Integrative Medicine Programs

Across the country, hospitals are implementing Integrative Medicine programs in response to an uptick in demand from patients for complementary and alternative treatment options. In fact, Integrative Medicine has become one of the fastest-growing specialties in North American healthcare because it strives to leverage all treatment methods available to deliver the best possible patient outcomes. At the American Board of ...

ABOIM Diplomate Offers New Approach for Teen Stress and Anxiety

It isn’t easy being a teenager in the 21st century. A lot is expected from this at-risk age group as they bridge the gap between adolescence and adulthood, so it is no wonder that teen stress and anxiety are prevalent. To help teenagers “understand, manage, and in some cases, overcome their mental health problems,” Dr. Nada Milosavljevic, a Diplomate of ...

Understanding Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine is a medical specialty that combines best practices from conventional medicine and alternative therapies to deliver the best possible care to the patient. Physicians who specialize in this discipline are committed to not only symptom-driven treatment but also health promotion and general patient wellness to ensure optimal care. As a result of this novel approach, a strong relationship ...

The Benefits of Regular Meditation

Physicians who specialize in Integrative Medicine pride themselves on being forward thinking. Integrative Medicine physicians are committed to using the least-invasive, most highly effective treatments available – including methods from traditional mainstream medicine as well as complementary or alternative techniques – to benefit the patient’s body, mind, and spirit. The goal of this medical specialty is to use any and ...

Importance of Integrative Medicine Board Certification

The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) established the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM) to recognize highly competent, experienced physicians through a standardized board certification process. Today, Diplomates of the ABOIM represent some of the most highly trained and experienced Integrative Medicine specialists in North America, and their patients, peers, and employers recognize their mastery of the core competencies ...

Integrative Medicine for Arthritis Treatment

One of the reasons why Integrative Medicine is as effective as it is at managing arthritis is that physicians who specialize in this branch of medicine not only seek to alleviate the patient’s pain in the short-term but also develop strategies to improve their overall health and wellness moving forward. As Ann Marie Chiasson, MD, a Diplomate of the American ...

Integrative Medicine and Advice on Weight Loss

Integrative Medicine is a medical specialty that is designed to help patients improve their overall health and wellness to not only treat existing conditions but also potentially avoid the onset of preventable diseases later in life. As a result, one of the key aspects of Integrative Medicine is that physicians who practice this specialty work closely with their patents to ...

Integrative Medicine is a Whole Person Approach

One of the reasons that Integrative Medicine is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after specialties in modern medicine is that this approach to healthcare treats the person as a whole. Integrative Medicine specialists are focused on building a relationship with their patients in order to not only treat acute illnesses as they arise but also make recommendations to improve ...

The Link Between Vitamin B12 and Long-Term Mental Health

Integrative medicine is a medical specialty that is dedicated to utilizing the wisdom of all global healing traditions.. Physicians who practice integrative medicine have dedicated their careers to identifying the best possible treatments to help not only cure their patients of various diseases, but also improve their overall wellbeing to hopefully prevent these illnesses from developing in the first place. ...

Integrative Medicine in the DOD and the VA

In recent years, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have begun to recognize the healthful benefits to Integrative Medicine, and have rolled out several new programs to both active duty personnel and veterans. At the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM®), a member board of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), ...

Why is it Important for Physicians to Promote their ABOIM Diplomate Status?

Today, the importance of being board certified in your area of expertise has never been greater. Not only do employers value board certification, many organizations are actually beginning to require that their doctors be certified in their respective specialties. And, make no mistake, this is a direct result of the interest that the general public has shown in turning to ...

Approved Fellowships for ABOIM Eligibility

To be eligible to pursue board certification in Integrative Medicine through the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM), candidates are required to meet several eligibility requirements that were developed by the ABOIM in conjunction with the American Board of Physician Specialties®. One of the ways that candidates can successfully demonstrate that they have the experience and education required to earn ...

The Veterans Health Administration Recognizes the Benefits of Integrative Medicine

In many ways, the marriage between integrative medicine and the Veterans Health Administration makes perfect sense, so it’s no wonder that, in recent years, the VA has expressed a commitment to offering veterans access to integrative medicine professionals. Integrative medicine is a specialty that is focused on providing the best possible care to a patient by taking a whole-person approach. ...

Food as Medicine

The concept of food as medicine has grown wildly popular in recent years as people are becoming increasingly concerned with what they eat and how it relates to their overall well being. Fast food restaurants have gradually shifted away from supersized meals and are instead beginning to offer more health-conscious menu items, and for one Diplomate of the American Board ...

The Benefits of Integrative Medicine

Imagine, if you will, what it’s like to go to a physician today. Typically, if you stop by the doctor’s office, it’s because you’re feeling under the weather and you need help diagnosing and treating your illness. This episodic care typifies the healthcare services that are offered in North America, and the system works well, for the most part. What ...

Eastern Medicine Meets Western Medicine

Integrative medicine is popular among many patients because it is, in a sense, a marriage between Eastern and Western medicine. Accordingly, a physician who specializes in integrative medicine does not promote one type of medicine over the other but rather utilizes treatments and modalities from both approaches to provide the patient with the best possible care. This professional is a ...

Why Should Patients Choose a Board Certified Integrative Medicine Physician?

There are many reasons why patients should consider choosing a board certified integrative medicine physician when they are looking for a specialist in their area. Integrative medicine is a specialty that combines traditional modern medicine with a variety of complementary and alternative techniques in order to provide the patient the best possible, most comprehensive care. Board certification is a trusted ...

Integrative Medicine Fellows: What’s Next After You Have Completed Fellowship Training?

If you are currently enrolled in an integrative medicine fellowship and you are considering the next steps in your career path, be sure that you research board certification through the American Board of Integrative Medicine®, a member board of the American Board of Physician Specialties®. Our Diplomates are recognized as leaders in an increasingly competitive field, and earning board certification ...

The World Health Organization’s Definition of Health Sounds Familiar

In 1945, diplomats from around the world came together to form the United Nations, and one of the first priorities of this new international organization was to develop a global health organization that would later become the World Health Organization. When drafting the preamble to the organization’s constitution, the first leaders of the WHO felt it prudent to include a ...

ABOIM Board Member Gerard E. Mullin, MD, CNSP, MHS Discusses the Relationship Between Health and Diet

Gerard E. Mullin, MD, is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the gut micro-biome. He has made a career out of educating the public about the benefits of healthy eating, and in his new book, The Gut Balance Revolution, he outlines a step-by-step plan that uses food to reboot, rebalance, and renew the gut’s natural bacteria to energize the ...

Integrative Medicine is an Exciting New Approach to Healthcare

Integrative medicine is a rising medical specialty that gets back to basics. While healthcare has increasingly grown concerned with new technologies, the business side of medicine, and the bottom line, integrative medicine tends to slow things down. Physicians who have dedicated themselves to this medical specialty don’t just focus on what’s immediately wrong with a patient. They take a holistic ...

Integrative Medicine is Growing in Popularity

Integrative medicine, which combines the best practices of both traditional and nontraditional medicine, is a medical specialty that is rapidly growing in popularity. Ultimately, integrative medicine is designed to provide the patient with the best care possible, using all available means, including traditional and complementary techniques that have often existed along the fringes of mainstream medicine. At the American Board ...

The American Board of Integrative Medicine Welcomes the Inaugural Class of Diplomates

The American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM), one of the newest member boards of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), is pleased to welcome and congratulate our inaugural class of Diplomates. This group of highly motivated physicians has successfully completed our rigorous board examination process in integrative medicine, and are today recognized as proven leaders in this emerging specialty. ...

Not all Medicine Comes in a Bottle

Physicians are problem solvers. When a person visits their family physician, they expect that the healthcare professional will diagnose their symptoms and recommend a course of treatment. In most cases, this usually entails some sort of medication, surgical procedure, or other traditional treatment method. Yet, integrative medicine physicians are a little bit different. They pride themselves on trying to solve ...

The importance of integrative medicine being recognized by a national multi-specialty physician certification organization

In recent years, the popularity of Integrative medicine has skyrocketed within the medical community. This specialty is becoming highly coveted because it combines the best practices of conventional medicine with proven complementary and alternative therapies that patients have turned to for years to improve their health and wellness. At the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), we recognize how beneficial ...

The Advantages and Benefits to Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine is quickly becoming an extremely popular specialty among physicians because it combines the best practices of conventional medicine with a number of proven effective complementary and alternative therapies to benefit the patient. Furthermore, this specialty places a tremendous emphasis on the relationship between physician and patient, focusing on the health of the whole person. By taking this holistic ...

How Some Prominent Specialties Incorporate Integrative Medicine

While “whole patient” care and treatment is the foundation of Integrative Medicine, the concepts of this holistic method for health care lend themselves very well to incorporation by specialists across the medical spectrum. For example, noted cardiologist Mimi Guarneri spent years focusing on treating the symptoms of heart disease with surgery and medicine before she became an outspoken advocate of ...

Dr. Mimi Guarneri: Integrative Medicine is Good for People, the Planet & the Economy

Dr. Mimi Guarneri, accomplished cardiologist and founder of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, ardently supports the implementation of Western allopathic principals − surgery and medication − when they are needed. Her preferred model for healthcare is designed to reduce the need for allopathic intervention through the principals of Integrative Medicine. To do so, she says, physicians can − and ...

Integrative Medicine: Better Health through Individualized Nutrition

One of the underlying tenets of Integrative Medicine is a willingness to take a broad view of different aspects of patient care. This might be particularly true when it comes to nutrition. For an integrative medicine physician, taking a broad view of the effect nutrition has on overall health often means more than merely recommending the standard dietary reference intake ...

Details about the ABOIM’s Integrative Medicine Exam for Board Certification

The clinically based written examination for the American Board of Integrative Medicine® consists of 200 questions that are designed to enable qualified physicians to demonstrate that they have mastered the core competencies required to provide the best care possible in this emerging medical specialty. The questions are multiple choice, and candidates have four hours to complete the exam. Administration of ...

What is the American Board of Integrative Medicine?

The American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM) was formed to provide physicians who practice Integrative Medicine the means to demonstrate that they have mastered the core competencies necessary to provide the best medical care possible. Integrative Medicine focuses on the whole person, with decisions about prevention and treatment made based on medical evidence. It also makes use of all appropriate ...

Why Integrative Medicine is a Distinct Medical Specialty

Integrative medicine, which encompasses a broad spectrum of medical treatment methods and care systems, has developed into a distinct medical specialty as more and more physicians have embraced it as an approach to patient care, and as the public has become educated about its foundational concepts. The standard, accepted definition of integrative medicine is, by now, familiar to anyone in ...

Why Integrative Medicine Matters

Andrew Weil, M.D., the founder and leading proponent of the concept of Integrative Medicine, gave the definitive answer about why Integrative Medicine matters so much during a 2012 interview with Philadelphia Magazine’s “Be Well Philly” feature. According to Dr. Weil, the present healthcare system in the United States: Is far too expensive Emphasizes disease treatment over disease prevention Does not ...

Integrative Medicine Board Certification – Demonstrating the Knowledge & Experience Required to Treat the Whole Person

Physicians who achieve integrative medicine board certification through the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM), a member board of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), demonstrate that they possess the experience and knowledge required to provide the best possible treatment for the whole person. The technical definition, according to the ABOIM and the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for ...

Integrative Medicine Defined

Integrative medicine, as defined by the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM) and the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, is the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals, and disciplines to ...