While the practice of integrative medicine has been around for centuries, the term "integrative medicine" is relatively recent. For years, allopathic doctors have incorporated other complementary and alternative modalities into their practices, such as Chinese herbal medicine, yoga, massage therapy and acupuncture to name a few. In 1994, Dr. Andrew Weil popularized the term and the practice through the establishment of programs and fellowships for students out of the University of Arizona.
Integrative Medicine is a comprehensive practice that brings traditional western medicine MDs together with the use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Practitioners acquire expertise in other modalities based on their interests, ranging from acupuncture, aromatherapy, reflexology and Chinese herbal medicine to ayurveda, chiropractic, or even yoga.