Students and Faculty Present Research at Integrative Health Conference

Faculty standing in front of research posters at AIHM Conference

Today, patients want solutions to their health care needs that are more comprehensive than those offered in the past. More than ever, these solutions include acupuncturists, naturopathic doctors, counselors, dietitians and midwives. Such an integrative, multi-disciplinary approach to health care leads to healthier communities, which is why representatives from Bastyr University attend the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine’s (AIHM’s) Annual Conference every year. There, faculty, students and staff network, share research findings and learn from attendees, furthering Bastyr’s mission to provide an integrated approach to education, research and clinical service.  

Featuring “four engaging days of integrative health and medicine education, interprofessional collaboration, self-care, networking, and inspiration,” the AIHM conference showcases the best in 21st-century medicine. This year, Bastyr faculty and students presented research findings on several topics within the realm of integrative medicine, including: 

  • “Prospective Outcomes Trial in Patients Undergoing Care with Naturopathic Providers” 
  • “Loneliness as a Risk Factor for Parkinson Disease Severity and Progression” 
  • “Treatment of Chronic Hypertension in Pregnancy with Magnesium Malate: A Case Report” 

Another research project — “7-Week Mindfulness and Biofeedback Training Improves Symptoms of Anxiety and Heart Palpitations in Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Case Report,” which was presented by Bastyr University California naturopathic medical student My Tang — received 2nd place in the student category and 11th place overall out of the 58 projects submitted! The conference’s multi-disciplinary review board consisted of 14 individuals from various institutions, including Bastyr University, Dartmouth University, University of Washington and Harvard University. Between them, the two Bastyr campuses presented eight research posters.  

One of Bastyr’s many goals is to ensure that its graduates have the tools they need to become confident, well-informed practitioners in complementary and integrative health and medicine. They are natural health leaders in the community and increasingly offer care alongside MDs, DOs and other providers. Bastyr collaborates with AIHM to broaden the range of opportunities available to the University’s graduates, and to bring our educational opportunities to a new, expanded audience. When health care utilizes the best of many modalities, individual patients receive the prevention and treatment plans that are best for them.