Integrative Medicine Interest Group (IMIG)

IMIG serves as a forum for people interested in the many facets of integrative medicine. Activities include exploration of the various modalities under the umbrella of integrative medicine, such as acupuncture, Ayurveda, and meditation, with special attention paid to the integration of these services into the practices of allopathic physicians. Discussions delve into the current understanding of efficacy, methodology, research, and regulation of the modalities.

The group also seeks to encourage awareness of integrative medicine in the community through practical workshops, sponsorship of speakers and development of the IMIG website. If you are interested in these topics, or just want to listen in on some great discussions, come Join IMIG!

What is integrative medicine?

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, "integrative medicine combines treatments from conventional medicine and complementary & alternative medicine for which there is some high-quality evidence of safety and effectiveness."

What is complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)?

"CAM is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine. The list of what is considered to be CAM changes continually, as those therapies that are proven to be safe and effective become adopted into conventional health care and as new approaches to health care emerge" (NCCAM). CAM practices include whole medical systems, mind-body medicine, biologically based practices, manipulative and body-based practices, and energy medicine (NCCAM).

What is the difference between complementary and alternative medicine?

"Complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine. An example of a complementary therapy is using aromatherapy to help lessen a patient's discomfort following surgery" (NCCAM).

"Alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine. An example of an alternative therapy is using a special diet to treat cancer instead of undergoing surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy that has been recommended by a conventional doctor" (NCCAM).