Integrative Medicine Services

Preventing disease and promoting wellness are at the heart of integrative medicine. At Virginia Mason's Center for Integrative Medicine, we treat the whole person and encourage our patients to be active partners in their own health and well being.

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Our holistic services, which enhance the body's fundamental ability to heal, include:

Cash or credit card payment for these services is due at the time of treatment. To schedule an appointment, call (206) 341-1202.

Diet Modification

Food can be medicine for our bodies if we make choices that optimize our health. Modifying your diet to strategically target specific heath issues can make a world of difference in your life.

Our physicians take a holistic view of nutrition, and can counsel you on making good choices that will improve your overall health. We also have the nutritional expertise to help people with many challenging issues, including conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, autoimmune diseases, colitis and others.

Advice on Nutritional Supplements

Which nutritional supplements should you be taking, and when should you take them? So much information – often conflicting – is available that it can be overwhelming. Some claims have scientific evidence to support them, but others do not.

We can help clear up any confusion, and provide advice on taking supplements wisely. Our physicians have the medical background to help you filter through all of the diverse information and look at targeting supplemental therapies to achieve your specific health goals.

Botanical Medicine (Herbal Therapy)

People have been effectively using botanical medicine for thousands of years. In fact, many of our modern prescriptions originated with plants. Today, with so many choices and so many conflicting claims, it is difficult to sift through all of that information.

Come in for an appointment, and we can help you discover new ways to improve your health. Our providers are extremely experienced in balancing the natural and scientific aspects of botanical medicine to help you achieve your health goals.

Mind-body Techniques such as Meditation, Guided Imagery and Visualization

The mind can be a powerful healing tool. There is considerable data, in fact, that show mindfulness techniques to be helpful in relieving stress, anxiety and depression. They also have a positive effect on conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and chronic pain. In addition, they can help you improve focus and your overall well being.

At the Center for Integrative Medicine, we believe in using the power of the mind as an asset to support your healing. We will share tools with you to help you take advantage of that power within you.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a 5,000-year-old tradition based on the concept of helping the body to optimize the flow of energy. The National Institute of Health recognizes the benefit of acupuncture for a wide variety of conditions, including pain, fatigue, headache, musculoskeletal issues, neuropathy and much more.

Our licensed acupuncturists can target both a specific problem, as well as enhance your general health and overall well being.

Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage has many health benefits: it helps relieve pain, lessens anxiety and promotes an overall sense of well being. Massage is often done to address specific acute problems, such as sports injuries and back issues, as well as chronic conditions such as sciatica, fibromyalgia and much more.

Massage can also be an excellent way to relax and release stress, and we recommend massage as part of an overall plan to improve your general well being. Our licensed massage therapists are highly qualified and experienced practitioners.