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Integrative Medicine

UC Health Integrative Medicine combines conventional medicine with evidence-based complementary therapies, such as mindfulness approaches, nutrition and health coaching, acupuncture, massage therapy, yoga therapy, and stress reduction techniques — in an effort to care for the whole person utilizing a variety of treatments. At the core of integrative medicine is a belief that health should be viewed in a much broader context, taking into account all factors that influence a person’s well being.

UC Health Integrative Medicine services are now offered at the Barrett Cancer Center on the Clifton campus, expanding services to not only UC Cancer Institute patients and their caregivers but also to the Cincinnati community as a whole. Massage therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, acupressure—which targets the same pressure points as acupuncture only without needles—and National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) auricular acupuncture will be offered.

These integrative techniques have been shown to help with relaxation and ease nausea, a common side effect of chemotherapy. Certain integrative techniques can also relieve pain and stress related to living with and being treated for cancer.

In addition to improving patients’ coping, the program hopes to assist caregivers, employees and staff, as these roles can also be very stressful.