Section of Integrative Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
Phone: (505) 925-7464
Fax: (505) 925-4539

The HSC Internal Medicine Resident Program offers an Integrative Medicine Residency Track. Applications for the Program are accepted only through the "Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Integrative Medicine


Participate in a Study


Are you overweight? And inactive? Would you like to participate in a study to investigate a new approach to exercise?

If so, we are currently seeking adults ages 18-55 who are healthy enough to exercise and are overweight to participate in a study designed to examine whether there are any benefits of a mind-body approach to aerobic exercise that may be more fun and more sustainable than traditional exercise programs. This project will last 8 weeks and is being conducted by the University of New Mexico at the Center for Life Preventative & Integrative Medicine Specialty Clinic. For more information please call (505) 925-4573 or email:

Completed research

La Tierra Sagrada Society Grant

"Access to Health Care through the Door of Recovery" (2006-2007)

Principals: Arti Prasad MD, Rebeccah Rodriguez DOM MPH

Community Partner: Metropolitan Assessment & Treatment Services (MATS)

Objective: to implement a pilot program providing acupuncture treatments for substance abuse clients to decrease withdrawal symptoms & promote acceptance by staff and clients in support of sustainability of services.

Methods: (a) provide auricular acupuncture treatment services 5 afternoons per week for 90-minute sessions each day for a period of 6 months to all MATS clients who volunteer to participate, (2) assess impact on withdrawal symptoms via clinical assessment forms completed by clients, (3) assess qualitative impact via staff & client narrative feedback, (4) outline future steps for sustainability of services.

Results: Acupuncture services were provided as planned, with participation of 524 clients. In total, 1925 treatments were completed in the 6 month timeframe. The average number of treatments were 3.7, with 208 clients receiving 1 treatment. Analyses of 5 key withdrawal symptoms (insomnia, anxiety, depression, drug dreams & cravings) will be performed on a random sample of the 524 clients who participated. Qualitative narratives from staff & clients were compiled to assess overall acceptance of the services. Both data analyses and qualitative narratives will be summarized in our final presentation & poster session. Future steps for sustainability were supported by state-wide legislative efforts for acudetox pilot programs, training of certified acupuncture detox specialists (CADS), and collaboration with MATS director and staff.

Conclusions: this acupuncture pilot program was successfully implemented for 6 consecutive months. A large segment of the client population at MATS participated and provided clinical assessments of the impact of the services on their withdrawal symptoms. Detailed conclusions of data analyses on a random sample will be provided in our final presentation & poster session. Qualitative narrative reports from staff & clients support general acceptance and positive support for continuation of services. Collaborative efforts were positive in seeking funding & logistic support for continuation of acupuncture services and building internal capacity for sustainability of the acudetox program at MATS.

NCCAM R21 grant: “Toward a Clinical Trial of Care Integration in New Mexico” (2004-2007)
Qualitative study of CAM and patient-provider issues regarding Integrative Medicine in under-served populations.
PI: Robert L. Williams MD, Co-investigator: Brian Shelley MD.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) (2004-present)
Study of health effects of MBSR in patients with mood disorders, chronic pain, and obesity.
PIs: Brian Shelley MD, Bruce Smith PhD (Health Psychology)

Mindful Eating and Living (MEAL) (2006-present)
Study of health effects of mindful eating in patients with obesity.
PI: Brian Shelley MD

CDC grant: Complementary Therapy Use among Primary Care Clinic Patients with Arthritis
Study of CAM use among patients with fibromyalgia and arthritis in Bernalillo County, NM.
PI: Carla Herman MD, Co-investigator: Arti Prasad MD.

American Cancer Society grant: Acupuncture for anxiety in women with breast cancer: A feasibility study
Study of acupuncture for anxiety in women with breast cancer at UNM.
PI: Brian Shelley MD.  Co-I: Nityamo Lian DOM.

American Cancer Society grant: “Integrative Medicine Needs Assessment at UNM Cancer Research & Treatment Center"
Study of CAM use among patients with cancer at UNM.
PI: Arti Prasad MD.

Surveys at UNM Health Sciences Center (HSC)
Primary care faculty: Integrative Medicine use, attitudes, knowledge.
PI: Arti Prasad MD, co-invest.: Brian Shelley MD.

HSC staff: Integrative Medicine use, attitudes, and needs.
PI: Arti Prasad MD.

Medical students and residents: Integrative Medicine use, attitudes, and knowledge.
PI: Arti Prasad MD.
CAM research activity and publications at UNM in last 15 years. Some topics have included: the biological effects of herbs and homeopathic remedies, spirituality, cultural aspects of traditional medicine in New Mexico, and the prevalence of the use of Integrative Medicine in New Mexico.