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The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of.  

The following information is taken from the NCCIH website. 

We’ve all seen the words “complementary,” “alternative,” and “integrative,” but what do they really mean?

This fact sheet looks into these terms to help you understand them better and gives you a brief picture of NCCIH’s mission and role in this area of research.

Complementary Versus Alternative

Many Americans—more than 30 percent of adults and about 12 percent of children—use health care approaches developed outside of mainstream Western, or conventional, medicine. When describing these approaches, people often use “alternative” and “complementary” interchangeably, but the two terms refer to different concepts:

If a non-mainstream practice is used together with conventional medicine, it’s considered “complementary.”

If a non-mainstream practice is used in place of conventional medicine, it’s considered “alternative.”

True alternative medicine is uncommon. Most people who use non-mainstream approaches use them along with conventional treatments.

True alternative medicine is not common. Most people use non-mainstream approaches along with conventional treatments. And the boundaries between complementary and conventional medicine overlap and change with time. 

Integrative Medicine

There are many definitions of “integrative” health care, but all involve bringing conventional and complementary approaches together in a coordinated way. The use of integrative approaches to health and wellness has grown within care settings across the United States. Researchers are currently exploring the potential benefits of integrative health in a variety of situations, including pain management for military personnel and veterans, relief of symptoms in cancer patients and survivors, and programs to promote healthy behaviors.

According to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), which included a comprehensive survey on the use of complementary health approaches by Americans, 

17.7 percent of American adults had used a dietary supplement other than vitamins and minerals in the past year. These products were the most popular complementary health approach in the survey. (See chart.) The most commonly used natural product was fish oil.

Despite the fact that many medical schools are now teaching complementary medicine in an effort to move toward Integrative Medicine, many medical boards still insist that physicians in their states only offer traditional “standard-of-care” medicine with prescription medicines and surgery.

The doctors at the Tennant Institute for Integrative Medicine may have two separate occupations.  One is to provide traditional “standard-of-care” medicine using prescription medications such as hormones, blood pressure medications, etc. as allowed by their licensure.  The other is to provide complementary medicine as defined by the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health(NCCIH).

In order to comply with the rules of the Texas Medical Board, people coming to the Tennant Institute for Integrative Medicine may choose to receive “standard-of-care” medicine, Complementary (Natural) Medicine, or Integrative Medicine (both).  These two have separate websites and follow separate rules.

Texas Occ. Code § 104.004 provides: “In using the title ‘doctor’ as a trade or professional asset or on any manner of professional identification, including a sign, pamphlet, stationery, or letterhead, or as a part of a signature, a person other than a person described by Section 104.003 shall designate the authority under which the title is used or the college or honorary degree that gives rise to the use of the title.”

Physicians/practitioners at Tennant Institute for Pastoral (Natural) Medicine may have the following professional identifications:

MD:  medical doctor licensed in the State of Texas

MD(H):  Arizona Board of Homeopathic and Integrated Medicine Examiners

DC:  Parker University; Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners

DNP:  Doctorate of Nursing Practice; Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

MSN, FNP-C, Master of Science in Nursing:  Certified Family Nurse Practitioner; Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas

 BSN:  United States Air Force Reserve, Shepard AFB, Wichita Falls, Texas

APRN:  Advanced Practice Registered Nurse; Basic/Medical Military Training, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana,

NMD:  Southwest College of Natural Medicine, Scottsdale, AZ

PScD:  Pastoral Medical Association: A Private Ecclesiastical Association

ND:  Trinity School of Natural Health

PhD:  Pontífice Instituto de Estudios de la Religión (Papal Instutite for the Study of Religion), conferred a Doctorate Honoris Causi in Religious Anthropology and Education.

COT:  Certified Ophthalmic Technician; The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO)

IV Therapy:  NAPNES Certification in Intravenous Therapy