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

Integrative MedicineABOIM® 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 two distinct yet scientifically validated and complementary medical traditions: allopathic (traditional) medicine and Eastern healing practices, such acupuncture, herbal supplements, and meditation. He went on to explain that integrative medicine requires the development of a strong relationship between patient and practitioner. After a patient’s immediate health issue has been properly managed using traditional methods, the integrative medicine practitioner will recommend lifestyle changes designed to help address the root cause of the medical problem. The patient thus becomes a proactive participant in the effort to remain as healthy as possible. Integrative medicine, according to Dr. de Mello, is a proven path to better health that is justifiably joining the mainstream as the medical community recognizes the advantages of whole-person, holistic healing.

The Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine in Santa Monica, CA, takes a multidisciplinary approach to healing and wellness. Guided by the philosophy that illness is a personal story and not simply a set of pathologies, the Akasha team taps into the very best evidence-based therapies available to help each patient achieve optimal health encompassing the physical, mental, and spiritual realms. The latest technological and clinical advances in Western medicine are combined with scientifically validated Eastern modalities to treat the whole patient – not just individual symptoms.

The American Board of Physician Specialties® is a recognized physician multi-specialty certifying body in the United States. Through our Member Board, the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM®), we offer a path to certification for integrative medicine practitioners who are able to demonstrate complete mastery of the specialty. Please click here for an updated list of eligibility requirements and do not hesitate to contact the ABPS directly for additional information about the certification process and the objectives of our organization.


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