UNM's Center for Life Integrative Medicine Specialty Clinic is included in a recent national survey of patient populations and health conditions most commonly treated with integrative medicine strategies. Integrative Medicine in America: How Integrative Medicine Is Being Practiced in Clinical Centers Across the United States, was released today by the Bravewell Collaborative.

The Center for Life (CFL) Integrative and Intercultural Medicine Center was established nearly five years ago to approach disease prevention and management, and wellness, using the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect health. Integrative Medicine is a healing-oriented practice that takes account of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – including all aspects of lifestyle. It makes use of all appropriate Western Medicine therapies, as well as complementary treatments from around the world.

Twenty-nine select integrative medicine centers affiliated with hospitals, health systems and/or medical and nursing schools in the U.S. were surveyed regarding trends in prevention and wellness, patient outcomes, emerging norms of care and reimbursement. Results show patient services provided include adult care (100 percent of those surveyed), geriatric care (97 percent), adolescent care (86 percent), OB-GYN care (72 percent), pediatric care (62 percent) and end-of-life care (66 percent).

Interventions prescribed most frequently by practitioners in the study, usually in combination, were: food/nutrition, supplements, yoga, meditation, traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, massage and pharmaceuticals.

The Bravewell Collaborative study further shows that 75 percent of integrative medicine centers reported success using integrative practices to treat chronic pain, and more than half reported positive results for gastrointestinal conditions, depression and anxiety, cancer and chronic stress.

"Survey results were consistent with what UNM's Center for Life is experiencing," offers Arti Prasad, M.D., FACP, founding CFL executive director; chief, Section of Integrative Medicine; interim chief, General Internal Medicine at UNM. "In addition to what conventional medicine offers, we integrate disciplines like chiropractic, ayurvedic and energy medicine, acupuncture, nutritional counseling, massage and psychotherapy, as well as opportunities to meet with various Curanderas, Native Healers and other Spiritual Healers. We're seeing improved health outcomes for New Mexicans by employing a personalized strategy that considers the patient's unique conditions, needs and circumstances."

For more information, visit UNM's Center for Life or call (505) 925-7464 (option 1).

For more information Integrative Medicine in America online, visit Bravewell.

Media Contact: Luke Frank (505) 272-3679; email: lfrank@salud.unm.edu