University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine


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The Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine was the first academic integrative medicine center in the US. With a track record of over $37 million in government-funded grants, more than 625 peer-reviewed publications and abstracts, and collaborators in more than 100 different countries, CIM continues to be a leading international center for research, patient care, education and training in Integrative Medicine. Emphasizing an approach to healing that values mind, body, and spirit, the Center is committed to evaluating the scientific foundation of complementary medicine, educating health professionals and the public about integrative medicine, and integrating evidence-based complementary therapies into clinical care to help people achieve and maintain optimal health and wellbeing. Research: Advancing the Science of Integrative Medicine Reaching from laboratory to patient bedside and out into the community, our research program looks at a variety of impactful approaches to whole-person health. From the time Dr. Berman started the program in 1991, the team has excelled at obtaining research funding, from government organizations like the National Institutes of Health, private funders, corporations and foundations. We have secured over $50million of research funding and our research faculty have disseminated findings of their research in over 625 peer-reviewed articles. Seminal studies looked at the effectiveness of integrative therapies, such as acupuncture, mindfulness, nutrition, nutritional supplements, exercise, and herbal therapies, for health concerns like arthritis, back pain, Lyme disease and addiction. Current studies include nutrition and meditation for urban teens, effectiveness of a low-dose iron supplement for women with fatigue, food gardens for hospital employee morale and nursing home resident morale (pictured), effectiveness of a probiotic supplement for adults with gastrointestinal symptoms, how families cope with death, and more. The Food and Community Health program (formerly Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment) evaluates the impact of bringing local, healthy, and sustainable foods into a wide variety of institutions in need across the nation, including hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. Research: Our Center also coordinates the Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field, an NIH-funded program that evaluates and disseminates worldwide literature on complementary and integrative therapies. Our collaborators span the globe – Duke University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California San Francisco, Hong Kong University, Chinese University of Hong Kong and University of Zurich, just to name a few. Most of the work, however, is done by our research team right here in Baltimore. Outpatient Services: Physician Care Our physicians, who specialize in integrative and functional medicine, provide care and engage our patients in order to make use of appropriate conventional and complementary diagnostics and therapies. Acupuncture As an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is a way of treating disorders and promotes wellness by inserting sterile needles into the skin at very specific points. Acupuncture is recommended as an effective treatment for many health concerns, including allergies, respiratory conditions, gastrointestinal disorders, gynecological problems, headaches, and chronic pain associated with problems like back injuries and arthritis. Integrative Behavioral Health and Psychotherapy Your sessions will focus on understanding and using the connection between mind, body, and spirit to improve your emotional wellbeing and quality of life. Integrative Yoga Psychotherapy Integrative yoga therapy uses a broad range of yoga-based modalities (asana, pranayama, mudra, Yoga Nidra, mantra, and meditation) to support healing of mind and body. It can be applied to specific conditions or used as an approach to overall wellness. Nutritional Counseling Learn about the best diets and/or supplements for your health, as well as testing for food allergies/sensitivities. Resources, strategies and support to find a healthier you! Micronutrient Infusions These intravenous micronutrients (calcium, magnesium, trace minerals, Vitamin C, and B vitamins) have been very beneficial for patients with pain and fatigue. Chiropractic Manipulation and Physical Therapy: Massage Medical Massage goes beyond a typical relaxation massage and aims to help a patient regain health, combat pain and more. Rolfing Rolfing is a form of hands-on manipulation and movement education that works on the web-like network of connective tissue, called fascia, to release, realign, and balance the whole body, potentially resolving discomfort, reducing compensations and alleviating pain. Reiki Reiki energy work helps to restore balance, increase energy flow, improve sleep and relieve pain. It is offered through non-invasive, light touch to a clothed client on a massage table. Reflexology Utilizing specific points on feet, hands and/or ears, Reflexology has been shown to help with relaxation and stress reduction, increase circulation, relieve pain and more. Breathwork Breathwork guides patients through proper breathing for daily health, as well as specialized breathing techniques for healing.

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