Articles - Integrative Medicine

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 ...

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 ...

How Integrative Medicine is Practiced in Clinics Across the United States

Integrative Medicine’s growth as a specialty in the United States has happened, in large part, because of the wide variety of illnesses and maladies that can be effectively treated using its tenets. A whole-person approach to medical care encompasses more than just symptom management. The practice of Integrative Medicine is not merely reactive. Symptom management through traditional medicine is important, ...

3 Reasons Integrative Medicine has Earned Greater Prominence in the U.S.

Integrative Medicine’s rising prominence in the United States as a model of healthcare has a lot to do with gradually shifting societal attitudes about medicine. This is in keeping with the historical evolution of how medical care has been disseminated in the U.S. For example, in 1980, statistics showed that there were 17,788 practicing Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.) in the ...

Integrative Medicine Goes Mainstream with Board Certification from the ABOIM

The field of Integrative Medicine has grown in stature over the past decade, in part as a response to the perceived shortcomings of the healthcare industry in the United States. Andrew Weil, M.D., founded the field of Integrative Medicine and continues to be one of its most prominent advocates. Dr. Weil outlined the weaknesses of the current healthcare system in ...

Limited Time Eligibility Option for Physician Board Certification in Integrative Medicine

Practitioners of Integrative Medicine and leaders in the field who wish to achieve board certification through the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) may take advantage of a limited-time eligibility option being offered by the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS). This option is available for applicants who have a minimum of one year of Integrative Medicine practice and apply ...

What is Integrative Medicine?

There is an established definition of Integrative Medicine, and nowhere in it will you find the words “complementary” or “alternative.” Here is that definition from the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine and the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM): Integrative Medicine is the practice of medicine that seeks to achieve optimal health and healing by: Reaffirming the ...

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 ...

What Makes Integrative Medicine Specialists Unique?

Listen to physicians who advocate the practice of integrative medicine, and the qualities that differentiate integrative medicine specialists quickly become apparent. They speak of focusing on the lifestyle choices of patients as often as prescribing medicine. They discuss massage therapy, nutrition, and acupuncture in the same breath as the latest pharmacological study. It is a broader perspective on healthcare, a ...

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 ...

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