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Integrative Medicine – UAB Medicine

Posted: January 3, 2019 at 10:42 pm

The services provided by the UAB Integrative Medicine Clinic are delivered by a diverse group of clinical, behavioral, and other professionals, including a hematologist/oncologist trained at the prestigious Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. The teams psychologist has extensive expertise in treating patients suffering from physical illness and disability, bereavement, depression, and trauma-related issues. The psychologist incorporates meditation and mindfulness techniques designed to enhance well-being into the patients comprehensive care plan.

A Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), certified by the Yoga Alliance, offers mindful, breath-centered yoga for fostering body awareness, building strength, and finding ease and balance. Programs include Yoga of Awareness for Chronic Pain, Mindful Yoga for Cancer, and Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors.

Specialists trained in art, dance, and music from the UAB Arts in Medicine program work hand in hand with the Integrative Medicine Clinic by offering visual arts and guided meditation, dance and movement activities, storytelling and movement sessions, Zentangle Method drawing instruction, and The Joy of Singing.

UABs Pastoral Care team provides spiritual support, compassionate listening, companionship, and guidance to help meet each patients practical, emotional, and spiritual needs while tapping into their most cherished sources of meaning, power, and hope.

Your first visit to the UAB Integrative Medicine Clinic will last one hour and will include one or more of the services previously described. Other clinic services include:

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Integrative Medicine | Department of Family Medicine

Posted: January 3, 2019 at 10:42 pm

For more information, visit our NorthShore site: Philosophy

Integrative Medicine combines conventional western medicine with complementary and alternative therapies.As we encourage the body's innate tendency for healing, we endeavor toexpand the conventional definition of healing to include mental,emotional and spiritual aspects. We foster an environment where bothpatient and practitioner are engaged in their own healing process andlifelong learning.

NorthShore's Integrative Medicine Program isone of the largest and most well-established programs in the country andis a member of the national Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health.

Weuse safe, evidence-based complementary therapies and communicate fullywith patients' traditional western medicine physicians and specialiststo optimize health and a heightened sense of well being.

Our board-certified physicians have formal education in integrativemedicine as well as years of experience in conventional medicine. NorthShore's practitionershave the highest certifications in their fields and substantialexperience in caring for people with a broad range of conditions.

Our Practice Includes:

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Integrative Medicine – Treating the Entire Body | Amen Clinics

Posted: January 3, 2019 at 10:42 pm

Do you have attention problems because of ADD, or could it be from something else, such as Lyme disease?

Is your sadness and fatigue due to depression, or are they from imbalanced hormones?

Do you need Prozac, or maybe progesterone?

No one will ever have a Prozac deficiency, but you could definitely have a progesterone deficiency. Did you know that BOTH can be effectively used to treat anxiety, insomnia and PMS?

At the heart of The Amen Clinics Method is the understanding that in order to effectively treat the brain, you must treat the entire body.

Our approach to Integrative Medicine (also known as Metabolic or Functional Medicine) is to find the root cause of your health problems, utilizing sophisticated laboratory tests which look at a number of factors, including:

We partner and collaborate with you to create a treatment plan that addresses your individual needs; targeting and treating imbalances in as natural a way as possible by using a variety of approaches, such as:

Our Integrative Medicine Evaluation is ideal for anyone who seeks a comprehensive, integrative approach to mental/physical health issues, including:

A Neurotox Evaluation is a comprehensive investigation into the toxic substances that may be affecting your brain and body health, based on your specific needs, as determined by your Amen Clinics physician.

SPECT images sometimes reveal a toxic appearance, warranting an integrative approach to determine the cause. Examples of toxic factors include:

This includes a specific battery of tests for metabolic abnormalities associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including specialized testing, gastrointestinal function, and toxins associated with ASD behavior.

Watch this video for more information about Functional/Integrative Medicine from Dr. Eboni Cornish at Amen Clinics Washington D.C.:

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Integrative Medicine – Lourdes Health System

Posted: January 3, 2019 at 10:42 pm

Lourdes Health System is committed to bringing patients the best in allopathic (conventional) and complementary medicine. This combination of services is called integrative medicine, which has been a tradition at Lourdes since 1979, when the Lourdes Wellness Center opened in Collingswod, New Jersey. This was something that few, if any, health facilities offered at the time, and therefore, Lourdes was well ahead of its peers in the healthcare field in recognizing the importance of preventive health and the benefits of non-traditional forms of therapy.

Integrative Medicine blends mainstream medicine with a variety of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities, such as intravenous (IV) and oral supplementation, nutrition, acupuncture, energy work and other forms of bodywork.

The Integrative approach is holistic. It takes into account a broad view of the whole person-body, mind & spirit. Integrative Medicine treats the underlying imbalances that cause disease symptoms. Most importantly, the goal of an integrative approach is to support the bodys own innate healing abilities, while respecting a persons biochemical individuality.

The Lourdes Wellness Center offers integrative family medicine, in which a medical doctor, provides a blend of traditional and complementary medicine. Integrative Family Medicine encourages a healthy lifestyle, supported by complementary therapies, natural supplements, nutritional and vitamin support, detoxification and other therapies that encourage a healthy immune system.

Integrative Medicine at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center is offered in the form of wholistic nursing care, which provides reflexology, guided imagery, massage and therapeutic touch to inpatients. Nurses at the hospital also offer a Prepare for Surgery program for patients about to undergo surgery. Integrative medicine has been shown to improve outcomes for patientsdecreasing the length of stay and reducing postoperative pain.

From its inception, the Lourdes Wellness Center has been combining mainstream medicine, alternative therapies and spirituality to enhance a healthy lifestyle. The Center offers acupuncture, massage, yoga classes, health education programs and many community-based services. The Center averages more than 30,000 visits annually.

The Wellness Center is also home of the Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, which offers degree programs in massage therapy as well as certificate programs in yoga.

See these summaries of programs and presentations on stress and integrative-medicine by Lourdes experts:

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Integrative Medicine –

Posted: January 3, 2019 at 10:42 pm

Integrative medicine is the practice of combining conventional medical treatments with non-conventional (alternative or complementary) ones.

As more psychiatrists begin to incorporate evidence-based integrative treatment methods, and as patients begin to seek out and utilize alternative treatment options, it is important for psychiatrists to understand both the benefits and effects of such treatments.

Learn more about integrative medicine in psychiatry, including evolving terminology, types of treatment, and patterns of use, while earning CME with the following activity through the APA Learning Center.

Introduction to Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine in Psychiatry: General Overview of CAM in the United States

Launch Course

APA's Caucus on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a special-interest group of the APA, participates and coordinates in monthly webinars on integrative medicine and psychiatry. APA members interested in joining the Caucus, or for more information on upcoming webinars, please send an email to [email protected].

Over- and Under-Methylation in the Psychiatric Population

Micronutrients as a Treatment for Psychiatric Disorders: The Evidence to Date

Restoring Resilience in Young Adults

For more information on upcoming webinars, please send an email to [email protected].

Each year APA meetings include sessions on the topic Integrative Medicine (CAM). To submit an abstract for consideration, please review APA Meeting Submission and Guidelines.

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The Residents Journal: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Psychiatry

A 2013 issue of The Residents Journal, dedicated to complementary and alternative medicine in psychiatry, discusses the history and evolution of integrative medicine as a maturing specialty and includes a case report discussing how melatonin can provide relief to posttraumatic stress disorder patients.


Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Psychiatry

Written from the perspective of clinicians who practice both traditional and alternative medicine, this book discusses alternative therapies and provides an academic and practical review of complementary and alternative medicine.

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Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health Care

This book serves as a concise and practical reference reviewing many complementary and alternative treatments used in North America and Europe, including their history and rationale.

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Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice

Examines a range of treatments, including neutraceuticals, mind-body practices, art therapy, and neurotherapy, to combine and integrate for optimal patient outcomes.

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Integrative Medicine: Trends and Beliefs – Decoded Science

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Ayurvedic Medicine has been practiced in India for thousands of years. Image by GaborfromHungary

How does Western medical philosophy combine with less-traditional medical beliefs? Thanks to multiculturalism, Integrative Medicine is becoming more mainstream among practitioners.

During the second half of the twentieth century, the concept of multiculturalism (i.e.- the coexistence of cultural and religious diversity) as a positive influence on society became widespread.

Westerners, in particular, began exploring many aspects of other cultures, and many developed an open-minded approach to adopting such cultural artifacts and practices as styles of music and fashion, yoga, meditation, and non-Western traditional medical systems.

With the expansion of globalization in the late twentieth century, non-Western medical practices such as Traditional Chinese Medicine started to enter the mainstream. Thus, in the late 1990s, the field of Integrative Medicine (also called Integrated Medicine)became established in the USA.

Integrative Medicineis based on the principle that no single medical system is perfect, and that combining elements of various medical systems in an intelligent and informed manner achieves and maintains better health.

CAM is the acronym for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. It is the most frequently used term in the USA to denote the combined use of Western (conventional) medicine with different medical systems.

The terms CAM and Integrative Medicine (or Integrated Medicine) express the most basic principle of this approach to health: that of using or integrating several medical systems in a complementary manner. Conventional Western medicine is not rejected, nor are alternative medical systems used uncritically.

The basic principles of Integrative Medicine include the beliefthat health and well-being are the most natural conditions, and that the human body has an inborn ability to heal itself. Practitioners believe that medical intervention should support and facilitate that ability. The most effective treatments, they say, are therefore those that are most natural and least invasive.

Doctors who practice various alternative medicine techniquesbelieve that medical caregiversshould individualize and personalize all treatment. There is a strong belief that no one-size-fits-all treatment exists for any medical condition or illness. Medical treatment should treat the person, rather than the disease, and therefore the doctor should base treatmenton the unique individual traits and needs of the patient.

Furthermore, both doctors of Western Medicine (MDs) and doctors of Oriental Medicine (OMDs) agree thata healthy diet and lifestyle maintains and supports good health, so the individual needs to take an active role in the prevention of illness.

Integrative Medicine holds that, since the mind andthe body are not separate entities, emotional and social factors influence ones health.

Whereas, in the past, people viewed the doctor as the only genuine medical authority, Integrative Medicine holdsthat the patient seeking help is the authentic expert on his/her own health, having lived inside his/her own body for a whole lifetime.

Supporters of Integrative Mediconetherefore consider thepatient and the medical professional as partners in the healing process. The role of the medical professional is to diagnose and recommend possible treatments, rather than to maintain that only one treatment is available or desirable. The patient thus has the ultimate control in deciding which treatment would be most appropriate and beneficial. This is known as patient empowerment.

Traditional Chinese Medicine takes the various meridians of the human body into account for health and massage. Image by KVDP

Throughout the 1990s, experts conducted research on the use of CAM/Integrative Medicine in the USA. One survey, published in theJournal of the American Medical Association, indicated that visits to alternative medicine practitioners increased from 427 million in 1990 to 629 million in 1997. This was greater than the number of visits to all US primary care physicians.

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, provides the following information on the development of integrative medicine in the USA from 1992 to 2004:

In 1992, the Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) was founded as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Its annual budget was $2 million. In 1998, the OAM was renamed the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health(NCCIH). NCCIHs budget for research in 2005 was $121 million, reflecting the growing popularity and acceptance of CAM/Integrative Medicine.

In 2002, a survey of 31,000 American adults revealed that 38% 62% used CAM during the preceding year (depending on the types of treatmentsincluded in the definition of CAM).

Not only has the popularity of Integrative Medicine grown among patients, but the acceptance of various integrated medical practices has become widespreadamong Western medical professionals in recent years, as well. For example, in 2005, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies recommended that health profession schools should incorporate information about CAM into the standard curriculum, so that licensed professionals would be able to advise their patients about it.

Integrative Medicine acknowledges that medicinemustbe based on scientific inquiry. Many non-Western medical systems have developed outside of a rigorous scientific context.

Nowadays, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health(NCCIH) requires the testing of non-Western medical practices by Western research standards. This is meant to guarantee that non-Western medical treatments are both safe and effective.

The backbone of Western medicine is research thatprofessionalscan replicate and validate over and over again by objective standards.

Nowadays, the various medical traditions that comprise the field of Integrative Medicine are all being subjected to this kind of objective analysis. The results of current research will pave the way to greater integration of the various medical traditions in the future. In this way, doctors will tailor health practicesto meet the very specific needs of each individual patient.

Dr. Andrew Weill is a medical doctor, teacher, and writer of many books and articles on holistic health. He is the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, where he teaches. Weill defines Integrative Medicine as the intelligent combination of Western and alternative medicine He views it as the best of both worlds.

Brad Lemley sums up the philosophy of Integrative Medicinewhen he saysthat this approach to medicine cherry picks the best scientifically validated therapies that conventional Western and alternative medical systems have to offer.

When it comes to your health, shouldnt every person should have to right to choose and enjoy the best resourcesgathered and perfected throughout human history?

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