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Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clinic

Integrated complementary and alternative medicine services can be found throughout University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is an umbrella name for a diverse group of medical practices and products currently not considered part of conventional medicine.

Some health care providers provide what is sometimes referred to as integrative medicine, which encompasses both conventional medicine and complementary and alternative medicine.

Be sure to tell all your health care providers of any complementary or alternative medications or supplements you take to avoid any interactions between prescribed medications and herbal preparations.

According to the National Institutes of Health, There Are Five Types of CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine):

  1. Biologically based practices include herbs, dietary supplements, foods and vitamins
  2. Energy medicine involves the use of biofield therapies like Reiki or bioelectromaganetic based therapies using electromagnetic fields
  3. Manipulative and body-based practices include chiropractic or massage
  4. Mind-body medicine includes cognitive-behavior therapy, meditation and art
  5. Whole medicine services include homeopathic and naturopathic medicine

Dr. Nicole Nisly runs an alternative and holistic medicine clinic at our Iowa River Landing location. Her clinic provides consultation on how to best incorporate “integrative medicine” into your health care in a safe and effective manner, based on the best research available. Dr. Nisly will address dietary supplement use and any concerns for interactions with medications. When needed, she will refer patients to licensed holistic practitioners, such as acupuncture, chiropractic, or massage therapy providers. She will coordinate care with your primary care provider or specialists. Dr. Nisly is not taking new patients in her Primary Care Clinic.


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