Integrative Medicine

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What is Integrative Medicine?

The body Is a complex and interconnected system. Integrated Medicine (IM), also known as complementary medicine, is a holistic, "whole person" approach to health care. IM combines conventional medicine with nontraditional techniques to bring healing and pain relief. Coupled with lifestyle changes, IM can provide immediate and long-lasting positive effects on your health, decrease dependence on medication and enhance your overall quality of life.

To learn more about IM at Mercy, ask your primary care provider.

Conditions We Treat

IM can be used to treat a wide range of health issues, including:

  • Cancer treatment side effects
  • Chronic issues, autoimmune conditions & genetic disorders
  • Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, food sensitivities, “leaky gut” syndrome, Crohn’s & colitis
  • Environmental issues
  • Heart issues 
  • Chronic pain
  • Fatigue
  • Emotional challenges including stress and anxiety
  • Medical nutrition & weight management
  • Women’s health concerns including fertility, menopause and osteoporosis

Integrated Health & Wellness Programs

IM providers coordinate treatments with your care team, enhancing their care with nontraditional methods including:

Acupuncture

Trained experts place hair-thin needles at specific points on the skin to redirect energy, stimulate healing and relieve pain.

Chiropractic

Chiropractic medicine focuses on physical adjustments to the skeletomuscular system that support healing.

Healing Touch

Healing touch therapy, or reiki, is very light or near-body touch. It is frequently used to reduce stress and calm patients before surgery, chemotherapy and other procedures. It is especially useful for patients whose conditions, including fibromyalgia and severe burns, prohibit traditional massage.

Reflexology

Reflexology is the therapeutic application of pressure to the feet, hands or ears to relieve stress or pain in different parts of your body.

Mindfulness/Meditation - The Mind-Body Connection

IM recognizes the mind-body-spirit connection. Techniques such as mindfulness and meditation can improve emotional well-being and deliver lasting benefit to patients dealing with conditions including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), heart disease, migraine headaches, anxiety, depression and some autoimmune diseases.

Mindfulness is the practice of relaxation through focused breathing and concentration.

Meditation can profoundly affect emotional well-being and aid the healing process. It can reduce stress and provide a sense of peace and balance.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art that improves balance and eases physical and psychological symptoms. The exercise is performed using slow movements with rhythmic breathing and concentration.

Therapeutic Pilates and Yoga

Therapeutic Pilates and Yoga are exercises that integrate breathing and meditation to relieve stress and ease cancer treatment side effects.

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