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Top Complementary Medicine Schools

Top Complementary Medicine SchoolsSome health care workers and clients see potential benefits from complementary alternative medicine (CAM). For example, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine website describes research on the effectiveness of spinal manipulation and chiropractic care for back pain. Natural healing trainingand Traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, may be seen as an adjunct to a comprehensive medical education.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded 2012 grants for CAM research to some top complementary medicine schools such as the following:

1.  University of Washington (Seattle, Wash.)
2.  University of California (Irvine and San Francisco, Calif.)
3.  Bastyr University (Kenmore, Wash. and San Diego, Calif.)
4.  University of Illinois (Chicago and Urbana-Champaign, Ill.)

The NIH also supports Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM, including the following:

1.  Systems Science Center for Musculoskeletal CAM Therapies (Michigan State University)
2.  Wisconsin Center for the Neuroscience and Psychophysiology of Meditation (University of Wisconsin)
3.  UCLA Center for Excellence in Pancreatic Diseases (University of California)

Learn more about complementary medicine schools and training

Programs in complementary medicine typically teach integrative health and wellness with a holistic approach to health care. Students learn to consider the overall wellbeing of the patient, which could include spiritual health, stress levels, nutritional components, emotional traumas and energy blockages. Complementary medicine training imparts drug-free and surgery-free therapies to use as natural healing practices or to enhance traditional medical practices. Several different types of studies are available at complementary medicine schools.

Integrative Health and Wellness

Training programs seek to bridge the gap between Western medicine -- which typically treats immediate and present symptoms of illness -- and natural, alternative healing practices, which focus on the root causes of illness. Integrative health and wellness schools teach mind-body medicine with the aim of preventing disease or treating existing conditions through natural means. Depending on the school's focus, students may learn to uncover hidden areas of blocked energy or imbalance, and to plan a course of natural treatments. Delivery methods for holistic healing may include spiritual attunement, energy healing, as well as forms of bodywork or naturopathic medicine.

Naturopathic Schools

Studies often explore treatment methods such as nutrition (typically for a diet featuring whole foods), herbal medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, physical medicine such as massage, exercise and lifestyle counseling. Naturopathic studies can help healers include holistic medicine in their everyday practices. Some of today's health care providers may consider naturopathic treatment to supplement patient care.

Orthomolecular Medicine

The study of orthomolecular medicine means learning to comprehend and adjust the biochemical balance of individual patients on a molecular level. Orthomolecular medicine schools teach students to identify biochemical abnormalities and to formulate nutritional plans that may include natural herbs, vitamins, minerals and medicines.

Find complementary medicine schools and colleges through

You can find complementary medicine schools by going to the top of the page and choosing a program of interest. Contact several schools and request in-depth information to help you decide on the best school for your goals and needs. You can also do research under the categories of holistic schools, alternative medicine schools and natural healing schools. Please verify school accreditation from accrediting organizations that are approved by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or both.



National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

National Institutes of Health

Orthomolecular Medicine