Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine combines traditional medical care with programs designed to address the physical, biological, lifestyle, emotional, psychological, and spiritual aspects of health and illness. It focuses on the whole person, including family members, to optimize wellness and manage the challenges throughout each patient’s chronic disease or cancer care journey, from prevention to survivorship and beyond. It encourages the human capacity for healing and emphasizes the relationship between practitioner and patient. The program features a collaborative approach to patient care among multiple practitioners and uses therapies that are proven in both traditional and alternative health care.

Why UAB

The services provided by the UAB Integrative Medicine Clinic are delivered by a diverse group of clinical, behavioral, and other professionals, including a hematologist/oncologist trained at the prestigious Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. The team’s psychologist has extensive expertise in treating patients suffering from physical illness and disability, bereavement, depression, and trauma-related issues. The psychologist incorporates meditation and mindfulness techniques designed to enhance well-being as part of the patient’s comprehensive care plan.

Our certified yoga therapists offer individual yoga assessments and yoga therapy group classes that include mindful movement, breath work, and guided meditation. Various options and modifications to each exercise help patients practice to their ideal level. Yoga can help in the management of pain, anxiety, limited movement, and other conditions, and it works to improve the overall quality of life. Programs include Yoga of Awareness for Chronic Pain, Mindful Yoga for Cancer, and Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors.

Specialists trained in art, dance, and music from the UAB Arts in Medicine program work hand in hand with the Integrative Medicine Clinic by offering visual arts and guided meditation, dance and movement activities, storytelling and movement sessions, Zentangle Method drawing instruction, and The Joy of Singing.

UAB’s Pastoral Care team provides spiritual support, compassionate listening, companionship, and guidance to help meet each patient’s practical, emotional, and spiritual needs while tapping into their most cherished sources of meaning, power, and hope.

Your first visit to the UAB Integrative Medicine Clinic will last one hour and will include one or more of the services previously described. Other clinic services include:

  • Nutritional counseling
  • Physical activity counseling
  • Supplement counseling
  • Counseling on energy therapies, relaxation techniques, and activities such as yoga, tai chi, and qigong
  • Referral to physician (in-house)
  • Referrals to exercise physiology services
  • Acupuncture
  • Fatigue evaluation (in-house)
  • Sleep counseling (in-house)
The Integrative Medicine Clinic is located at The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, inside the Hematology/Oncology Clinic on the second floor. However, some services are offered at alternate locations, and clinic programs are always being expanded to better serve patients.

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