Integrative medicine and health services in Arizona Overview

At Mayo Clinic in Arizona, you may select from a range of services, including stress management and resilience training, massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga, tai chi, and botanicals and supplements consultation.


During a consultation, you talk with a doctor trained in integrative medicine and health. Together, you develop a treatment plan tailored to your goals for health and well-being. Your plan may include one or more of the integrative practices available. Bring to this appointment a list of supplements and medicines that you take, including doses.

Your healthcare provider may recommend:

  • Acupuncture.
  • Aromatherapy.
  • Dietary supplements and botanicals, taking into account their interactions with prescription medicines.
  • Exercise, activity or mindful movement, such as yoga or tai chi.
  • Massage therapy.
  • Mind-body techniques.
  • Nutrition.
  • Resilience training.
  • Stress management.

What Mayo Clinic experts say about integrative medicine

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Acupuncture: It may help ease chronic pain, lessen nausea during chemotherapy and reduce fatigue.

Mind-body practices: Medication, relaxation practices and resilience training can ease blood pressure, pain and more.

Medical massage: Sessions with a trained therapist can boost mood and relieve pain from fibromyalgia, cancer and more.

Supplements and botanicals: There's evidence some may help. Always check with your provider so other treatments aren't affected.

Animal-assisted therapy: Connecting with furry friends can relieve pain, anxiety and stress for some with chronic disease.

Resilience training: Learning resilience practices can help you bounce back from stress, in body and mind.

Guidance from the experts at Mayo Clinic.

Stress management and resilience training

Resilience education and training teaches positive strategies for managing stress and developing resilience.

Massage therapy

A massage therapist works on the shoulder of someone in a hospital gown. Massage therapy for people in the hospital

Massage therapy may be used to help you feel better as you undergo treatment for an injury or condition.

Massage therapy may be offered on an outpatient basis or to people who are admitted to the hospital. Mayo researchers have found that this integrative medicine practice can reduce pain, anxiety and tension in people facing or recovering from heart surgery, breast cancer, colon surgery and other procedures.

Mayo Clinic's massage therapists in Arizona are licensed by the state and have completed continuing education in oncology-specific massage techniques and working with medically frail people. In addition they are trained in acupressure, reflexology, mobilization of scar tissue and lymphedema drainage. A certified massage therapist works with you and uses techniques based on your needs and goals.


An acupuncturist places needles in someone's shoulder. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the world's oldest recognized medical therapies. It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine and embraced by many people, including those who practice conventional medicine, as a safe and effective treatment for many conditions.

At Mayo Clinic in Arizona our licensed acupuncturists are independently billable. We don't have any doctors offering acupuncture. A licensed acupuncturist certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and licensed by the Arizona Board of Medical Practice will provide your acupuncture treatment.

Techniques include acupuncture with manual and electrical stimulation, acupressure, and cupping. Treatments are tailored to your needs, concerns and diagnosis. Mayo Clinic treatment rooms dedicated to acupuncture have soft music and gentle lighting to help you relax while your practitioner places the needles. A typical acupuncture visit is 45 to 60 minutes.

Mind-body therapies

Meditation is among several integrative medicine approaches that are used to enhance health and well-being. Meditation

Meditation can help promote physical, mental and spiritual wellness.

People meditate for many reasons, including to relax and rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit. Many people find that meditation helps them refocus and gain inner peace.

Botanicals and supplements consultation

Botanicals and supplements are marketed and taken like medicines but regulated like foods. They can interact with medicines and each other, resulting in side effects or suboptimal treatment. During a botanicals and supplements consultation, you talk with a pharmacist who is an expert on these popular products and learn about how their potential risks and side effects might affect your health and well-being.


  • Integrative Medicine and Health
    Mayo Clinic
    5881 E. Mayo Blvd.
    Phoenix, AZ 85054
Jan. 16, 2024