Integrative Medicine techniques support the body’s natural ability to heal, reducing stress and promoting a state of relaxation that leads to better health. It can help you achieve optimal health when you engage in your own healing and feel empowered to make lifestyle changes. Incorporating one or more Integrative Medicine services into your healthcare regimen will help you regain control of your well-being.
Integrative Medicine uses modalities such as acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation and relaxation techniques to reduce pain; dietary and herbal approaches to manage diseases such as diabetes and fibromyalgia; and group support to change habits associated with obesity, diabetes and heart disease. The practices and techniques offered that most patients find helpful include:
- Integrative Medicine Consults
- Group Acupuncture (Shared Acupuncture Medical Appointment)
- Massotherapy (massage)
- Chiropractic Therapy
- Mind/body coaching (relaxation practices)
- Interactive guided imagery
- Holistic psychotherapy
Research into Integrative Medicine
The Center for Integrative Medicine looks into the role of mind/body/spirit and lifestyle changes and how they can affect chronic disease. Studies yield evidence-based results that continue to encourage medical schools, hospitals and physicians to accept and incorporate these methods.
For example, research at Cleveland Clinic has shown that integrative medicine, including guided imagery, massage or Reiki, can help patients reduce their anxiety before surgery, to cope better with postoperative pain and to maximize their recovery.
The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) grants funds for research striving to provide evidence for benefits of many therapies, potential uses, contraindications and the potential for harm.
Content Reviewed By: Tanya Edwards, MD, MEd, Medical Director, Cleveland Clinic Center for Integrative Medicine
What We Treat
Integrative Medicine services have become very popular in the United States, with more than 70 percent of Americans using them in some form.
You may benefit from Integrative Medicine if you suffer from a chronic illness and wish to reduce the severity or frequency of disease episodes, decrease stress related to chronic disease, and enjoy a better quality of life. According to National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) American adults are most likely to use Integrative Medicine for an array of diseases and conditions, especially for musculoskeletal problems, such as back, neck or joint pain.
Integrative Medicine can help patients relieve symptoms of a wide range of conditions, including:
Benefits of Integrative Medicine techniques
Increasingly, research shows that how we live, what we think, and how we feel affect our health. For example, hostility, depression and loneliness contribute to heart disease. Stress can exacerbate infections, fibromyalgia and asthma. High-fat diets can lead to coronary disease and cancer. Obesity is a major factor in the development of type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cancer.
While Conventional Medicine can help diminish the consequences of unhealthy lifestyles, Integrative Medicine can reverse those consequences, prevent illness and reduce symptoms, resulting in:
- Decreased pain
- Improved sleep
- Enhanced immune function and fewer infections
- Lowered blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels
- Improved bowel function
- Less anxiety and depression related to illness
- Fewer complications after surgery
- Resolution of post-traumatic stress disorder
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