Researching Integrative Health and Medicine
At the Caring Ambassadors, we encourage you to take an integrative approach to your health , exploring conventional medicine along with complementary and lifestyle approaches to help you achieve optimal health and well-being. A true integrative approach to health and medicine is always evidence-based, but the term “integrative” has at times been used irresponsibly or erroneously, and some of what is published on the web about integrative health can be very misleading. When researching integrative health approaches, complementary medicine (CM), mind-body practices, and lifestyle and behavioral changes, evaluate the information you find carefully and critically. Visit the Evaluating Information page for tips and strategies you can apply when researching topics related to integrative health and medicine. Additionally, the below websites are excellent, reputable resources to turn to for information:
- National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
- National Cancer Institute, Office of Cancer and Complementary and Alternative Medicine
- Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health member institutions
- A subset of PubMed also provides scientific research on CM. Visit the NCCIH’s CAM on PubMed page to learn more.
Read more: Evaluating Information