by Hilary McClafferty, M.D., FAAP
An updated AAP clinical report on
pediatric integrative medicine (PIM)
reviews complementary therapies,
highlighting where research is strong
and where gaps remain so clinicians
can more skillfully advise patients and their families.
The report aims to raise awareness about this emerg-
ing field, improve pediatric preventive health and ex-
pand treatment options for children and adolescents
living with a wide range of medical conditions.
Updated from 2008, the clinical report Pediatric
Integrative Medicine from the Section on Integrative
Medicine is available at https://doi.org/10.1542/
peds.2017-1961 and is published in the September
issue of Pediatrics.
The report highlights resources and clinical tools.
It also covers the field’s history, epidemiology,
strengths and challenges, research updates, regula-
tory standards, medical-legal aspects, licensing con-
siderations, and training and education initiatives.
Commonly used complementary therapies are
reviewed, including biologically based practices;
dietary supplements; herbal products; diet; manipulative, movement and body-based practices
such as massage; mind-body therapies such as
yoga; acupuncture; traditional Chinese medicine;
From acupuncture to yoga, report updates integrative medicine therapies