In the US, Physicians who have completed a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine are qualified to take an Integrative Medicine Board Certification exam, which is approved by the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM).


Legal and Regulatory Status • Government Supervision • Reimbusement Status

Please visit NAFKAM’s website on the regulation of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in 39 European/EU countries

Based on the findings in the EU-funded CAMbrella project, European citizens are seeking Complementary and Alternative Medicine, also when offered outside their national health care system. Regulation is an important management tool in risk governance of health care services.  The objective of giving an overview of the regulation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in the European/EU countries is primarily to enable European citizens to make informed and safe choices when they seek CAM treatments.


International Journal of Health Policy and Management (IJHPM), March 2015
Substitutes or Complements? Diagnosis and Treatment with Non-conventional and Conventional medicine

Implications for policy makers

Complementary/Alternative Medicine (CAM) and Western Medicine (WM) are complements, both in the diagnosis and treatment stages.

After a WH diagnosis, people may look for a CAM treatment.

It is not socially desirable to separate WM from CAM in the NHS.

Patient empowerment, education and individual characteristics are relevant for the choice of CAM.

Implications for public

Private health insurance providers may exploit the desire of people for access to both Complementary/Alternative Medicine (CAM) and Western Medicine (WM) and explore a niche of this market. Additional research on the relationship between income and the use of CAM is needed. The use of CAM is more frequent than it seems.

British Medical Journal (BMJ), May 2015
Is Ayurveda the Key to Universal Healthcare in India?

Is ayurvedic medicine a sustainable way to bring healthcare to all Indians, justifying investment in research to build an evidence base in the discipline?

Health activists argue that a more patient centred approach to healthcare is needed if universal healthcare in India is to become a reality. “Allopathic treatments have provided longevity, and ayurveda can add quality to this prolonged life. The government needs to implement a policy framework whereby integration of traditional medicine systems with allopathy is validated,” Shailaja Chandra, former AYUSH secretary in the health ministry, told The BMJ.