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Mayo Clinic healthcare providers conduct dozens of clinical studies every year to learn which integrative medicine approaches work. By identifying effective therapies and bringing them into clinical practice, our researchers help the clinic maintain its leadership position in providing excellent healthcare for the mind, body and spirit.

Areas of research include:

  • Studying integrative medicine treatment in relation to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • Advancing integrative medicine practices for cancer patients and their caregivers.
  • Evaluating the benefits of integrative medicine services for people in the hospital who are experiencing pain.
  • Using integrative medicine therapies to help people with headaches.
  • Assessing the benefits of massage therapy for people with breast cancer who are undergoing medical treatment.

Read more about research at Mayo Clinic.

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  1. Riggin EA. Allscripts EPSi. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Sept. 26, 2017.
  2. Dion LJ, et al. Massage therapy alone and in combination with meditation for breast cancer patients undergoing autologous tissue reconstruction: A randomized pilot study. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 2016;23:82.
  3. AskMayoExpert. Integrative medicine (complementary and alternative medicine). Rochester, Minn.: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research; 2019.
  4. Complementary, alternative, or integrative health: What's in a name? National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. National Institutes of Health. Accessed May 6, 2019.
  5. Riggin EA. Allscripts EPSi. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. June 21, 2018.
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  8. Acupuncture: In depth. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Accessed May 6, 2019.
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  10. Clark SD, et al. Effect of integrative medicine services on pain for hospitalized patients at an academic health center. Explore. 2019;15:61.
  11. Millstine D, et al. Complementary and integrative medicine in the management of headache. BMJ. 2017;357:j1805.
  12. Yang J, et al. Integrative medicine treatment in times of pandemic coronavirus disease. Medical Acupuncture. 2021;33:107.
  13. McLeod H, et al. Caring for caregivers — A new integrative care path for advanced lung cancer patients and their caregivers. Journal of alternative & Complementary Medicine. 2021;27:377.