NAPNAP’s Integrative Health (IH) special interest group was established in 2015 to provide pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) and other pediatric providers with evidence-based information on holistic medical approaches that integrate complementary medicine with allopathic medicine to provide the most comprehensive care for our patients and families. We hope to collaborate with PNPs and other providers that share an interest in integrative medicine and provide a place for information sharing with current, evidence-based research when available.
- National Institute of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health – A free resource to both providers and patients. Information on complementary and alternative medicine, research, funding/grants, training and news provided.
- National Institute of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements – Free resource for patients and providers. Information provided includes dietary supplement fact sheets, research on dietary supplements and a dietary supplement database.
- Institute of Functional Medicine- Annual membership required. Benefits include a free subscription to the Natural Medicines Database, connection with IFM members and access to the latest news, research and information relevant to the Functional Medicine community
- University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine – Academic and patient care integrative medical resource
- Herbs and Dietary Supplements Across the Lifespan from Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center – An online education program at a cost
- HealthWave – A virtual dispensary and treatment plan delivery software. The software allows you to easily prescribe and sell natural health products to your patients without the hassle and overhead of carrying physical inventory.
- Natural Medicines Database – Gold Standard Clinician Management Source*
- Mytavin.com – Free drug/herb interaction checker and nutrient depletion checker.
Consider evidence-based, safe treatments for your patients to support their immune systems. Managing stress is important to decreasing inflammation and building up immunity. Here are a few strategies you can recommend.
- Yoga has been shown to decrease stress and depression and there are wonderful classes for children available online. Learn more about Cosmic Kids yoga and Kundalini yoga:
- Meditation is excellent for decreasing stress and getting you in touch with your body. There are Transcendental Meditation and Mindfulness classes available and many apps such as Headspace, Insight Timer and Calm. Meditation is often best when practiced daily as a family.
- Movement helps put the body in a parasympathetic mode and moves the body to a rest, relaxation and digest state from the chronic flight or fight state the current situation is keeping us in. Tai Chi and Qi Gong are excellent ways to stay moving even when at home. Learn more about Qi Gong for kids.
- Earthing/grounding has been demonstrated to decrease the pro-inflammatory markers in minutes and to increase energy and even decrease jet lag. Recommend your patients play bare-footed in their yards at least 15 to 20 minutes a day.
- Emotional Freedom Technique or tapping of the meridians has been shown to decrease pain, anxiety and turn off the brain response to negative thoughts. This tapping technique can easily be learned online and taught to patients.
- Herbal and vitamin supplements are safe and easily available for children. Making sure that Vitamin D levels are normal is crucial for immune health and a supplement should be recommended if levels are low. Zinc, Vitamin C and Elderberry are other supplements that provide immune support.