Integrative medicine (IM) is a treatment or therapy that is used in
addition to conventional medicine. Acupuncture, herbs and supplements,
massage therapy and yoga are all good examples of IM. The basic
philosophy and principles of IM is a focus on treating the whole person
and recognizing that physical, mental, spiritual and emotional well
being are all interconnected and play an important part in your overall
Our IM program helps you access therapies that include acupuncture, massage therapy, oncology aesthetics, yoga health and fitness, and dietary consultation.
All of these services are offered at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital
and Saint Thomas West Hospital and are recommended for use in
combination with traditional cancer care. We will be adding all these
services at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital at a later date (some
programs are already in place). You should always consult with your doctor about any therapies you are considering.
All of our IM services are open to our patients, family members,
hospital employees and health care professionals. We also welcome and
invite the general public. For more information or listing of providers, call 615.222.3234.
The below list of services are provided by independent
licensed professionals - not employees of or otherwise affiliated with
Saint Thomas Health, Saint Thomas West Hospital, Saint Thomas Midtown
Hospital, or Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital. Neither Saint Thomas Health, Saint Thomas West Hospital, Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital nor Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital is responsible for the care or advice provided by these service providers.
Acupuncture is a painless and safe
treatment method that can help reduce pain, chronic headaches, nausea,
menopausal symptoms and assist with the body's natural healing abilities
to promote physical and emotional well being.
Massage therapy can help reduce pain, fatigue,
depression, muscular tension, stress and anxiety. The types of massage
available include Swedish relaxation, cranial sacral, deep tissue,
sports and myofascial.
Aesthetic Services include facials and skin care.
Facials and skin treatments are gentle, healing, relaxing, deep
cleansing and toning and can rejuvenate the skin during and after
chemotherapy and radiation.