Overview

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.

Mayo Clinic Minute: What is integrative health and how can it help?

When you're sick, medication or even surgery may be just what the doctor orders. Dr. Adam Perlman, an integrative health specialist at Mayo Clinic, asks an additional question.

"What else can we do to really improve our sense of well-being?"

That's where acupuncture, yoga or tai chi may be integrated into an overall plan of care. Dr. Perlman describes it as "really helping people to go beyond the treatment of disease and pathophysiology, to really a place where they are optimizing their vitality."

Evidence shows, for instance, that acupuncture can help with chronic pain and may be recommended to those with cancer, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.

Tai chi helps with balance and reduces falls in older adults. Yoga may help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and lower your heart rate.

But, Dr. Perlman says, it's not just what you do with your body that's important.

"Other things that tend to impact our health and well-being are things like gratitude and relationships."

For the Mayo Clinic News Network, I'm Vivien Williams.

Contact

  • Integrative Medicine and Health
  • 13400 E. Shea Blvd.
  • Scottsdale, AZ 85259
  • Integrative Medicine and Health
  • 4500 San Pablo Road
  • Jacksonville, FL 32224
  • Integrative Medicine and Health
  • 200 First St. SW
  • Rochester, MN 55905