For many years Mayo Clinic has offered integrative therapies, promoting activities that have not typically been part of conventional medical care. The blending of the best of both worlds — conventional medicine and alternative medicine — is known as integrative medicine.
Thanks to increased research during the past two decades, health care professionals are now better able to understand the roles that integrative and complementary therapies can play in helping treat and prevent disease.
Integrative treatments are increasingly recognized as valuable in meeting patients' health care needs. Such treatments include, but are not limited to:
- Massage therapy
- Herbs and dietary supplements
- Mind-body strategies
- Pet therapy and animal-assisted therapy
Often, these treatments can help people with cancer, persistent pain, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and many other conditions better manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life to feel better by reducing fatigue, pain and anxiety.
Find integrative medicine and health patient services at Mayo Clinic.