Integrative Medicine Practitioner Career Description
Integrative medicine is the art and science of treating patients as a whole, rather than a disease or a set of symptoms, and combining conventional and complementary medicine to more effectively improve the health and wellness of patients. By treating mind, body and spirit, integrative medicine practitioners aim to enhance their patients’ overall health and well-being, while also treating acute and chronic conditions with scientifically supported conventional and alternative treatments. Integrative medicine practitioners work in partnership with their patients to enhance the healing process and facilitate the body’s natural ability to heal.
Because integrative medicine incorporates both alternative medicine and conventional medicine, practitioners are required to hold a license in a medical discipline, such as medical doctors, nurse practitioners or physician assistants. In order to become a board certified practitioner of integrative holistic medicine, as governed by the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, applicants must hold an MD or DO degree and license. Check with your state's regulatory body to determine what requirements you must meet to practice medicine in that state.
Integrative medicine practitioners are changing the way that we look at the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. If you would like to learn more about this exciting field, or take the next step towards certification as an integrative medicine professional, browse through the comprehensive list of integrative medicine schools listed below.