University of Michigan Integrative Medicine consists of three primary components:
Patient Care Services includes the Integrative Family Medicine Clinic providing primary care services for the whole family focusing on integrative medicine, anthroposophic medicine and holistic medicine. Our conventionally trained professionals all have advanced training in alternative medicine. We offer time to listen to peoples' stories. We review the conventional medical history as well as the use of alternative approaches. An integrative medicine plan is created that suits each individual's unique needs, offering specific recommendations for mind, body, spirit and emotion that optimize health. Integrative therapies such as holistic nutrition, relaxation techniques, acupuncture, massage, herbs and supplements are blended with the best of medical science and technology that is the hallmark of the Michigan Difference. This approach fosters optimal wellness and healing no matter what the health challenges.
University of Michigan Integrative Medicine System-Wide Initiatives (UMIMC-SWI) are being documented and developed to provide patients in the University of Michigan Health System with an array of possible complementary therapies to support their conventional care.
Research: Researchers from across the University of Michigan investigate use of complementary alternative medicine (CAM) therapies in the prevention, management, and treatment of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and rheumatologic disorders by undertaking basic science research, qualitative studies, clinical trials, and other types of research initiatives. Alternative modalities investigated include: acupuncture, nutrition, herbal medicine, spirituality, mind-body therapies, and energy medicine. Lifestyle change programs that include stress reduction and respite in nature are also actively researched.
Education: Our education program brings together students, physicians, allied health professionals, CAM practitioners and educators to engage in lively dialogue, including professional growth in knowledge about CAM therapies and their context of relationship-centered care. The program provides medical education curricula, faculty development opportunities, and several interdisciplinary courses to support the study of integrative medicine.