integrative health and medicine

Should I recommend acupuncture or an alternative therapy to my patients? Do herbal supplements, like CDB oil, have a real benefit? Americans spend upwards of $34 billion on complementary healthcare. As the alternative medicine options continue to grow, so does the confusion. Today’s consumers are looking to their pharmacist, physician, nurse, and even dentist to help them make informed decisions.

The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences developed a two-part continuing education program in Integrative Health and Medicine that addresses frequently asked topics. Integrative health and medicine (IHM) combines conventional western medicine with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), such as herbal medicines, aromatherapy, culinary herbs, acupuncture, massage, yoga, and stress reduction techniques.

Our IHM Continuing Education Modules consist of two separate one-hour, self-paced video modules. You can register for each module separately, or combine both to receive the registration discount.

Course Descriptions

Integrative Medicine; What the Health is it and How Can I Use it?
Integrative Health and Medicine (IHM) has a rich history across the world, and currently holds an essential role in complementing traditional Western Medicine. Healthcare professionals are frequently approached with questions regarding the safety, efficacy, and use of herbal supplements. Unfortunately, well-designed large randomized controlled trials evaluating these products are frequently lacking. There is also a need to understand all of the various modalities within IHM and how these may affect (either complement or adversely impact) a patient’s drug therapy. Given this, there is a need for them to become familiar with the IHM field and appropriately assess the risk: benefit ratio of these modalities to provide recommendations to patients and providers

Herbal & Non-Botanical Dietary Supplements: It’s Like Déjà Vu All Over Again
Do you know why herbal medicines and dietary supplements continue to be regulated differently from prescription and over-the-counter drugs? Can you make rational, evidence-based recommendations on supplements and, if so, how can you know which specific products are reputable? In this module, we’ll discuss how dietary supplement regulation still presents a challenge to the practitioner and cover some more recent botanical products in the news, such as butterbur and feverfew, kratom, and cannabidiol (CBD).