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Integrative Medicine


Welcome to the Integrative Medicine Subject Guide!

This guide is intended for integrative medicine students, faculty, researchers, and clinicians and provides helpful resources to support you in your integrative medicine research.

Learning Outcomes

Users of this guide will:

  • Understand the basics of what integrative medicine is.
  • Become familiar with a variety of resources available for integrative medicine research, including library databases and consumer health resources.
  • Learn about the importance of citations and different citation management tools.
  • Know who to contact for additional help.

What is Integrative Medicine?

There are many different definitions of Integrative or Complementary Medicine, and parsing the various terms in this broad field is difficult due to its changing nature.  CAM is often described as a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional, i.e. Western, medicine.

When used together with conventional medicine, CAM is considered "complementary medicine."  Traditionally, "alternative medicine" refers to CAM used in place of conventional medicine.

Below are some additional definitions: