Integrative Therapies are practices that encompass a wide array of activities that most often involve engaging the mind-body and spirit. These are never intended as alternatives to your standard evidence-based medical care; these are therapies that can be used alongside your prescribed cancer treatment such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Integrative or "complementary medicine" approaches the body as a whole instead of concentrating on just the parts of the body holding the cancer.
Our mission in offering integrative medicine is to empower our patients in becoming active participants in their own cancer care through a variety of sound integrative health practices.
Benefits of integrative medicine for cancer patients and survivors:
San Luis Obispo County has many Integrative Therapy options close to home. We've compiled the following list to help our patients find high quality Integrative Therapies.
Fitness Program FREE for all 1st Year Cancer Survivors
Acupuncture (Please note that some insurance companies DO pay for portions of acupuncture; unfortunately, medicare does not)
Tai-Chi and Chi-Gong
Restorative Yoga and Guided Meditation
Creative Medicine, Healing Bowls, Group Laughter Therapy, Knitting Circles
Nutrition and Healthy Cooking
Herbal and Naturopathic Medicine
Survivorship Retreats and Programs
Individual and Family Counseling