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 individual’s overall health and wellness. The relationship provides physicians with an enhanced opportunity to better understand the patient and their lifestyle in order to help achieve optimal health, potentially reducing the risks for avoidable illnesses later in life.
Physicians who specialize in Integrative Medicine have completed formal, traditional medical training but have also taken the additional steps necessary to become experts on complementary and alternative medicine techniques, nutrition, holistic remedies, and a variety of other all-natural treatments. The goal of this well-rounded training is to provide the patient with the best possible care, using any and all available means. Rather than only responding to a specific symptom or condition in a clinical setting, Integrative Medicine asks what can be done to improve the person’s health as a whole. In many situations, this requires a long-term commitment from the patient – a commitment to modifying their diet, incorporating holistic remedies into their daily routine, and participating in a regular exercise regimen. The benefits of treating the body as a whole can greatly reduce the potential onset of conditions that could be avoided like diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
At the American Board of Physician Specialties®, we recognize the tremendous benefit to Integrative Medicine and how it is revolutionizing modern medicine, which is why we developed the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM) – a Member Board designed to administer board certification to the nation’s leaders in the specialty. Our Diplomates represent a growing community of likeminded specialists who are actively working together to share best practices and grow the specialty. To learn more about the benefits to becoming board certified through the ABOIM, contact the American Board of Physician Specialties® today.