Why Integrative Medicine is Good Medicine
Integrative Medicine has become one of the fastest-growing, most-sought-after medical specialties in recent years because it focuses on health promotion and disease prevention. The goal of Integrative Medicine is to not only provide treatment to sick patients but to also identify low-tech, low-cost methods that may be able to help prevent avoidable health issues from developing in the first place. This not only benefits the patient but also strives to reduce some of the strain on the medical infrastructure.
Integrative Medicine is a medical specialty that combines all of the best treatment practices available to deliver optimal care to patients. This usually includes some combination of both modern, traditional medicine and alternative and complementary methods that have been used with great success for generations to focus on the mind, body, and spirit of the patient.
Another defining aspect of Integrative Medicine is the focus that the specialty puts on the patient’s overall health as it relates to disease prevention. A patient at risk for high blood pressure, for example, may be educated on dietary changes and lifestyle improvements that he or she could make to lower his or her blood pressure naturally without pharmaceutical intervention. In some instances, Integrative Medicine focuses on specific problem areas, while other cases are about providing whole-body improvement through natural remedies like breathing techniques, a commitment to good nutrition, stretching exercises, and other similar approaches.
Physicians who have made a commitment to Integrative Medicine are medical doctors who use all of the resources available to provide the patient with the least-invasive, most-effective care available, and patients around the country have responded positively to this approach. At the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we recognized the surging popularity of this medical specialty and developed the American Board of Integrative Medicine ® (ABOIM) – the first certifying organization of its type. If you are interested in becoming board certified in Integrative Medicine, contact the ABOIM today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc®.