The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently published a report that 42 percent of responding hospitals offer one or more Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies, up from 37 percent in 2007, and 26 percent in 2005. This shows that the positive trend-lines are steady and that CAM is growing in popularity and acceptance.
- Hartfort Hospital, Connecticut
The Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center: Research has shown that techniques such as Acupuncture, ART for Healing, Guided Imagery, Massage Therapy, and Reiki help to decrease anxiety, strengthen the immune system, reduce pain and accelerate healing.
- Stanford Hospital and Clinics, California
Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine: Clinical Services for Mind and Body: Since 1998, the Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine (SCIM) is committed to evidence-based practices. This center offers a multi-disciplinary team composed of highly qualified physicians, psychologists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and class instructors.
- Arizona University Medical Center, Arizona
Arizona University Medical Center offers Reiki for cancer patients and Tai Chi for stroke patients. The slow, purposeful movements of Tai Chi can relieve pain and reduce stress. This is an activity patients can use at home while on the mend.
- Montefiore Medical Center, New York
At the Montefiore Medical Center, patients treated for cancer are provided with alternative therapies such as aromatherapy, yoga and martial arts. The alternative therapies given to children undergoing chemotherapy and radiation are offered through the hospital’s Integrative Medicine and Palliative Care Team.
- University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
MD Anderson Cancer Center offers more than 75 complementary therapies including art, music and humor sessions; guided imagery and stress management; yoga, tai chi and flexibility classes; aromatherapy; nutrition, diet and healthy cooking demonstrations; counseling and support groups; and journaling.
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