As the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications on our day-to-day lives continue to evolve, we’re seeing an unprecedented rise in stress and anxiety. This can be detrimental to maintaining optimal health for both our patients and ourselves as health care providers. There is a lot of information on integrative approaches to COVID-19 online and in the media that can be misleading and/or not well supported by research. The Integrative Medicine Committee has developed a series of articles on three prominent topics:
- Breathing – covers the basics of diaphragmatic breathing and a variety of other breathing techniques to optimize respiratory health and promote relaxation. Video demonstrations of some of the techniques and links to trusted online resources are also included.
- Nutrition and Supplements – provides an overview of the various agents that may have a role in the prevention or treatment of COVID-19.
- Wellness, Positivity and Mental Health – highlights best practices and practical tools for managing stress, maintaining a positive mindset and taking care of mental health in times of elevated stress and anxiety.
“We wanted to highlight integrative approaches to wellness and stress reduction, which are particularly relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Payel Gupta, MD, FACAAI, chair of the Integrative Medicine Committee. “We are all faced with unprecedented challenges amid these difficult times – not just in keeping our practices running and doing what we can for our patients, but also in taking care of our families and our own wellbeing. These articles are intended to offer practical, evidence-based resources based on our review of recent literature that our members can share with their patients and use themselves.”
The College continuously monitors new developments related to the pandemic, ensuring our members are provided with the most up-to-date information and relevant resources. You’ll find them on our COVID-19 Resources page.