Integrative medicine is a healing-oriented practice of medicine that focuses on the person as a whole — mind, body and spirit.
By understanding the root cause of health concerns, integrative medicine providers aim to improve the whole body for long-term wellness.
At UF Health, integrative medicine is included in multiple programs tailored to help patients reach their specific goals, no matter where they are in their health journey.
UF HEALTH INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE PROGRAM
The UF Health Integrative Medicine Program centers around the patient. The team employs a personalized health plan catered to their unique needs, taking into account each person’s physical, mental and emotional influences. Staff offer traditional healing therapies, like acupuncture and massage, in combination with modern medicine to achieve optimal well-being. Led by Irene Estores, M.D., UF College of Medicine physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, the program also recognizes the importance of the relationship of the practitioner and patient as partners in the healing process.
UF HEALTH SUPPORTIVE ONCOLOGY PROGRAM
Coping with a cancer diagnosis is not easy. From diagnosis to treatment to aftercare, the UF Health Supportive Oncology Program focuses on improving quality of life for each patient and his or her family by combining integrative medicine and supportive care with conventional oncology. Counseling, acupuncture, massage therapy and spiritual and emotional support, as well as advanced care planning, are some of the services offered in this program.
UF HEALTH INTEGRATIVE AND PREVENTIVE CARDIOLOGY PROGRAM
The UF Health Integrative and Preventive Cardiology Program places an emphasis on prevention in cardiology and promotes food as the foundation of healing. Under the guidance of Monica Aggarwal, M.D., FACC, UF College of Medicine cardiologist, the team takes a comprehensive approach to cardiovascular care by showing patients how to incorporate lifestyle therapies such as improved diet, movement and stress management through therapeutic yoga and meditation.
ARTS IN MEDICINE INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES — BEDSIDE SERVICE
The Integrative Therapies Program offered through the UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine program supports a healthy, balanced life for inpatients undergoing adult and pediatric hematology/oncology, heart and lung transplant and palliative care services. By offering meditation, relaxation, tai chi, qigong and massage therapy sessions, practitioners support and teach patients tools to empower them to meet their goals between sessions and after discharge.