Integrative Medicine and Health in Minnesota Overview

Massage therapy is a safe and effective integrative medicine approach that promotes healing. Massage therapy

Specially trained massage practitioners provide hands-on therapy for healing and wellness.

At Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, you may select from a range of services, including resilience training, stress management, massage therapy, acupuncture and consultations in lifestyle medicine, movement, nutrition, longevity, and herbs and supplements consultation.


During a consultation, you talk with a healthcare professional 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 herbs and supplements.
  • Healthy movement.
  • Massage therapy.
  • Stress management.
  • Individual exercise consultation.
  • Wellness coaching.
  • Wellness cooking.
  • Longevity consultation.
  • Lifestyle medicine consultation.
  • Cancer survivorship clinic.
  • Rejuvenate Spa services.

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

The program offers education and training to teach positive strategies for managing stress and developing resilience in your life.

Massage therapy

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 have additional training in oncology massage therapy, which focuses on the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. They have training in specific techniques, such as Swedish massage, acupressure, reflexology, mobilization of scar tissue and craniosacral therapy. A board-certified massage therapist works with you using these techniques based on your needs and goals.


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.

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.

Nutrition classes and consultation

Nutrition classes and consultation focus on improving health by enhancing health and wellness.

Herbs and supplements consultation

Herbs and supplements are marketed and taken like medications but regulated like foods. They can interact with medications and each other, resulting in side effects or suboptimal treatment. During an herbs 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.

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Clinic

If you think that you may have fibromyalgia, it's important to be evaluated by an expert in this condition. Talk with your healthcare provider about a referral to the Mayo Clinic Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Clinic in Minnesota.

Longevity Clinic

This clinic uses evidence-based strategies to give you ideas on how to live a longer, healthier life. First, you'll undergo an evaluation, then you'll meet with a doctor and other care team members as needed. Ask your healthcare professional about research in this area.

Lifestyle medicine

The Integrative Medicine and Health team offers a lifestyle medicine and wellness consultation. You'll meet with a physician and certified health and wellness coach to talk about lifestyle changes. These may include diet, physical activity, stress and sleep. The goal of this evidence-based, personalized care is to help people make healthy behaviors a regular part of their life.

Wellness cooking

Our executive wellness chef leads sessions in meal planning and preparation. You'll learn how to create healthier meals and be more efficient in the kitchen. During a private cooking lesson, you'll be offered a hands-on approach to kitchen knife skills and healthy cooking techniques.

Wellness coaching

A certified health and wellness coach empowers you to take a leading role in your health and well-being as it fits your values, preferences and life. The aim is to assist you in moving toward an intentional, mindful and accountable state of taking actions and implementing sustainable, positive behavioral changes. This approach can help you reach your health-related goals and vision.

Mayo Clinic Diet experience

The Mayo Clinic Diet experience is a long-term weight management program created by a team of weight-loss experts at Mayo Clinic. These experts work with you to create an individualized and sustainable program for your health and wellness. This experience focuses on the latest behavior-change science to help you find your inner motivation to lose weight, set achievable goals and learn to handle setbacks. The focus is on eating delicious healthy foods and increasing physical activity while emphasizing the best way to keep weight off for good, by changing your lifestyle and adopting new habits that you enjoy and can stick with. The diet experience comes with long-term support.

Cancer survivorship

The Integrative Medicine and Health Survivorship Clinic provides unparalleled survivorship care for people with cancer. It creates a community for cancer patients while they transition from cancer treatment to survivorship. The Survivorship Clinic equips people with skills and knowledge to help empower them in their new life.

People who go through the cancer survivorship clinic graduate to their local primary healthcare professional with experience, tools and community support to live a healthy and fulfilled life post-cancer. The goal of this service is to help people learn, grow and thrive within the survivorship clinic, focusing on lifestyle, resources and a community. Some offerings include acupuncture, massage, herbs and supplements, sex therapy, wellness coaching, wellness physical therapy, and lifestyle medicine.


  • Integrative Medicine and Health
    Mayo Clinic
    200 First St. SW
    Rochester, MN 55905
  • Phone: 507-284-2111 or 507-266-5800
Jan. 16, 2024