Complementary and Integrative Medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Mayo Clinic's Complementary and Integrative Medicine program was created to address growing patient interest in wellness-promoting treatments that are not typically part of conventional medical care, such as resilience training, meditation, massage therapy and herbal medicine.

Mayo Clinic's complementary and integrative medicine physicians and other health professionals offer patients and their referring physicians' recommendations to help integrate appropriate complementary and alternative medicine therapies and wellness programs into the patient's overall treatment plan. Recommendations are meant to complement rather than replace conventional Western medical care.

Services offered by the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Clinic

  • Physician Consultation
    This service is provided by a physician with training in Integrative Medicine. During the consultation, the physician assesses the patient's needs and develops a treatment plan. Recommendations may include use of dietary supplements and botanicals; mind-body procedures such as meditation, acupuncture and massage; and alternative medicine systems such as traditional Chinese medicine or ayurveda (a holistic medicine system from India).
  • Stress Management
    Stress management, provided by a physician who specializes in Integrative Medicine techniques, helps people learn to manage general life stress or situational stress. Learn about stress management.
  • Resilience Training
    Resilience education and training helps individuals develop positive strategies to manage stress and develop a resilient disposition. Learn about resilience training.
  • Massage Therapy
    Massage therapy is provided by a certified massage therapist. Techniques are chosen based on the therapist's ongoing assessment and the patient's goals. Learn about massage therapy.
  • Acupuncture
    This service is provided by a physician trained in acupuncture or a licensed acupuncturist who works under the supervision of a physician. Techniques include acupuncture with manual and electrical stimulation. Learn about acupuncture.
  • Hypnosis
    Hypnosis is provided by qualified specialists trained in this technique. Hypnosis may be helpful for certain conditions, such as insomnia, anxiety, phobias and pain management. Learn about hypnosis.
  • Meditation
    Meditation can relax and rejuvenate the mind and body, and helps many patients refocus and gain happiness and inner peace. Learn about meditation.

Appointments

Currently, appointments for Complementary and Integrative Medicine services are available to established Mayo patients. A referral from a Mayo Clinic Rochester physician is necessary.

Physicians/Providers

Brent A. Bauer, M.D.
Tony Y. Chon, M.D.
Mark C. Lee, M.D.
Amit Sood, M.D.
Jon C. Tilburt, M.D.
Dietlind Wahner-Roedler, M.D.
Lana L. Abboud, acupuncturist
Alexander Do, acupuncturist
Nancy Drackley, massage therapist
Jennifer Hauschulz, massage therapist

Research

The Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic was created in large part to address the challenges patients face every day in deciding if or how to use complementary and alternative medicine. Mayo Clinic physicians conduct dozens of clinical studies every year to learn which complementary and alternative medicine treatments work and share that information with their patients and colleagues. By identifying effective therapies and helping bring them into clinical practice, physicians in the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program help Mayo Clinic maintains its leadership position in providing excellent health care — mind, body and spirit.

Read more about the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Research.