Are you wondering how to find a qualified physician who can work with you in many ways besides just Western Allopathic medicine? Well, then, this is good news for you. Read on.

December 3rd to 6th, 2000, in Denver, Colorado, The University of Colorado School of Medicine and the American Board of Holistic Medicine co-sponsored the first ABHM Board Review Course and test for Board Certification in Holistic Medicine. This was a historic first and the beginning of mainstream integration of the complimentary therapies.

The Course was attended by over 400 physicians; M.D.’s & D.O.’s representing all 50 states and several foreign countries. Specialties of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynecology were the majority of those attending. Our primary care providers are moving more to the holistic paradigm.

Many patients want doctors who can bring them the best of Western Medicine and who are also knowledgeable about the many complimentary and alternative possibilities. In this course, areas covered included: biofeedback, Botanical medicine, Chi Gong, Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, Energy medicine, Environmental medicine, Guided Imagery, Homeopathy, Nutritional Medicine, Yoga, Meditation and Manual Medicine.

It has been noted by many physicians that Western Allopathic Medicine is superbly advanced in technology and treatment of acute medical situations. It has lagged far behind in its understanding of prevention and treatment of chronic conditions such as Asthma, back pain, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, IBS, MS and Parkinson’s to name but a few.

Holistic medicine aims to improve the care of these conditions by integrating the so-called ‘alternative’ with Western Medicine to give a far vaster set of options for healing the whole person and managing illnesses that cannot be cured at this time.

Stated in the course description are these principles on which Holistic Medicine is based:
Unconditional love is life’s most powerful healer. Holistic Physicians strive to adopt an attitude of unconditional love for patients, themselves and other practitioners.
Holistic medicine addresses the whole person — body, mind, and spirit — and integrates conventional and complementary therapies.
Holistic Medical treatment balances attention to relief of symptoms and mitigation of causes.
The primary objective of the art of holistic medicine is the experience of being fully alive – a condition of optimal physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social health.

After attending this course, physicians should be able to:
Describe a significantly wider array of safe and practical therapeutic options in addition to generic prescription drugs and surgery for treating and preventing chronic conditions.
Define a greater capacity for treating the whole person while guiding patients and themselves toward a condition of optimal health.
Utilize internet access to the annotated bibliography for the scientific basis of holistic medicine as well as the comprehensive course syllabus.
Demonstrate adequate preparation, including prior study, to pass the board certification examination for holistic medicine.

Next time you are in the market for a new doctor, ask him or her if they are Board Certified in Holistic Medicine.