Adding complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practices like acupuncture, massage therapy and yoga to your wellness routine can enhance your health and help reduce stress. However, it is important to know what CAM can and cannot do before you start using it.
Integrative Medicine is a term used to describe the way healthcare practitioners incorporate both traditional and nontraditional methods into their patient care. It’s the practice of determining what methods work best for your specific health needs through a collaborative approach between you and your provider, based on the latest research, evidence and clinical experience. This may include practices that you can find at your local pharmacy or grocery store, such as taking elderberry to support the immune system or adding magnesium to combat stress. It may also involve more unique therapies such as animal assisted therapy or music therapy.
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It is vital to choose a practitioner with the proper credentials, which can be accomplished by asking for recommendations within your hospital network or searching MedlinePlus directories. In addition, it’s important to meet with potential providers to see how they interact with patients and if you get along. This is a partnership and your provider should be someone you can trust, which is why it’s recommended to seek out physicians who have completed a physician board certification process, such as the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM).
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