Integrative, Alternative and Complementary Approaches: A Guide to Natural Holistic Medicine

Preferred organizations for essential information on integrative health

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Want to learn more about chiropractic care, evening primrose oil, massage, omega 3 fatty acids and more? Check out this A-Z guide, which covers a range of health conditions and alternative treatments.

National Center for Integrative Primary Health Care

Download free patient education materials – available in English and Spanish – on a number of conditions, including diabetes, constipation, back pain, menopause, and more, and learn about the mode changes of life and integrative therapies that may be appropriate. This site also includes patient materials on some of the more common complementary therapies, such as acupuncture and aromatherapy, and their potential benefits and side effects.

Favorite Integrative Health Podcast

Body of Wonder

Hosts Andrew Weil and Victoria Maizes, both of the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, take a deep dive into the latest evidence behind a variety of integrative therapies with experts in their fields, including the use of psychedelics in mental health, body-mind approaches for chronic pain, low FODMAP diet, medical cannabis, etc.

Favorite books

Integrative medicine

Author David Rakel, MD, is chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her book is a go-to for doctors who want to learn more about the safety and effectiveness of specific integrative medicine approaches, Guerrera says. Although it gets to the heart of the matter and is designed for clinicians, the good news is that you can use it too.

The Integrative Guide to Good Health

For a more user-friendly and less clinical book, The Integrative Guide to Good Health published by the Mayo Clinic presents home remedies and alternative therapies that you can safely use at home to manage and prevent disease.

Favorite magazine

Townsend’s Letter

Parker recommends this monthly publication, which is all about alternative medicine news, so you can stay up to date with the latest news. Digital and print subscriptions are available.

Favorite app

My Wellness Coach

Another resource from the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, this app uses an integrative whole health model that encompasses mind, body, and spirit; helps you set health goals; gives you concrete steps to get there; and integrates integrative health information into your care.

Calvin W. Soper