Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people. In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.
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Your health, your wellness
Mayo Clinic Integrative Medicine and Health offers services for your physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health and well-being. Integrative medicine is an approach to health care that includes practices not traditionally part of conventional medicine, such as herbs, acupuncture, massage, yoga and meditation. In many situations, integrative therapies are used with conventional medicine approaches.
Integrative approaches are used to help people with medical conditions feel better by reducing fatigue, nausea, pain and anxiety. Your integrative medicine care team works closely with you and your other doctors to understand and address your needs.
Your experience with Mayo Clinic Integrative Medicine and Health is supported by:
- Experts proficient in many wellness practices. Each year Mayo Clinic's integrative medicine experts treat thousands of people with a range of approaches that quiet the mind, soothe the body and restore the spirit. Mayo Clinic is a member of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health.
- Team-based care focused on you. Mayo Clinic's integrative medicine specialists listen to your concerns. They may suggest therapies that can be built into your comprehensive treatment plan.
- Innovative research. The evidence-based approaches suggested by your care team have been tested for effectiveness and safety. Mayo Clinic's researchers and integrative medicine and health providers study and improve practices that help people and work well with conventional medical treatments. Talk with your doctor about clinical trials of integrative practices that may benefit you.
Your integrative medicine and health team will talk with you about integrative therapies and approaches that are right for you. Offerings vary among Mayo Clinic locations. Talk with your doctor about availability of services or confirm when you contact the clinic.
You may select from a range of services, including resilience training, stress management, meditation, massage therapy, acupuncture, animal-assisted therapy, yoga, tai chi, and botanicals and supplements consultation. Availability of services varies among Mayo Clinic locations. Please confirm with your doctor or when you contact the clinic.
During a physician 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 medications that you take, including doses.
Your doctor may recommend:
- Animal-assisted therapy
- Dietary supplements and botanicals
- Exercise, activity or mindful movement, such as yoga or tai chi
- Music therapy
- Resilience training
- Stress management
- Other approaches
Resilience education and training teaches positive strategies for managing stress and developing resilience in your life. The program offers individual or group sessions in the Stress Management and Resiliency Training program.
Massage therapy may be offered on an outpatient basis or to people who are in the hospital. Mayo researchers have found that this integrative medicine practice can reduce pain and tension in people facing or recovering from many problems, including heart surgery, breast cancer and colon surgery. Mayo clinic massage therapists provide massage therapy to thousands of people each year.
Mayo Clinic's massage therapists have sought additional training in techniques such as 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.
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 medical professionals, as a safe and effective treatment for many conditions.
You are treated by a doctor trained in acupuncture or a licensed acupuncture practitioner supervised by a doctor. Mayo Clinic acupuncture specialists perform more than 1,100 acupuncture treatments each year.
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.
People meditate for many reasons, for example, to relax and rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit. Many people find that meditation helps them refocus and gain happiness and inner peace.
Integrative nutrition consultation
Integrative nutrition focuses on improving health by enhancing the natural processes of the body. During an integrative nutrition consultation, you meet with a registered dietitian and undergo a nutrition assessment that focuses on the whole person. This service includes personalized recommendations and nutritional planning with an emphasis on whole food as medicine to assist the body's innate response to heal.
Botanicals and supplements consultation
Botanicals and supplements are marketed and taken like medications but regulated like foods. They can interact with prescription medications, over-the-counter medications 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.
Mayo Clinic has one of the largest and most experienced practices in the United States, with campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. Staff skilled in dozens of specialties work together to ensure quality care and successful recovery.
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Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.
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Mayo Clinic doctors conduct dozens of clinical studies every year to learn which integrative medicine approaches work. By identifying effective therapies and bringing them into clinical practice, doctors in Integrative Medicine and Health help the clinic maintain its leadership position in providing excellent health care for the mind, body and spirit.
Areas of particular research interests include:
- Evaluating the effect of integrative medicine services on pain for people in the hospital
- Using integrative medicine therapies to help people with headaches
- Assessing the benefits of massage therapy for breast cancer patients undergoing medical treatment
Read more about Mayo Clinic research in integrative medicine and health.
See a list of publications about integrative medicine and health by Mayo Clinic doctors on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.
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Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.
In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.
Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.
Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.
At Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, massage therapy and botanicals and supplements consults are paid through cash, check or credit card. All other services are billed to insurance.