Integrative Medicine

The University of Michigan is committed to the thoughtful and compassionate combination of complementary therapies and conventional medicine through the activities of research, education, clinical services and community partnerships.

We offer our patients the following services:

  • Health care throughout your life span, including newborn, obstetric, gynecologic and elder care
  • Using an integrative approach to your medical care
  • A team of family physicians with advanced training in holistic medicine, anthroposophic medicine, and acupuncture
  • Encouraging active participation in diagnostic and treatment decisions
  • Emphasizing care for the whole person considering mind, body, spirit and emotions

Choose Michigan’s Multidisciplinary Approach to Alternative Medicine

We provide primary care services for the whole family focusing on integrative medicine, anthroposophic medicine and holistic medicine. An integrative medicine plan is created that suits each individual's unique needs, offering specific recommendations for mind, body, spirit and emotion that optimize health. Integrative therapies such as holistic nutrition, relaxation techniques, acupuncture, massage, herbs and supplements are blended with the best of medical science and technology.

Holistic medicine is the art and science that addresses the whole person and uses both conventional and complementary therapies to prevent and treat disease, but most importantly to promote optimal health. Holistic physicians work together to transform health care to integrate all aspects of well being, including physical, environmental, mental, emotional, spiritual and social health, thereby contributing to the healing of ourselves and of our planet.

Anthroposophic medicine views health as a matter of balancing the mind, body, and spirit. It is centered on the idea that human beings are composed of the interactions of physical body, inner life body, mind, emotions and self-awareness.

At the University of Michigan, we investigate the use of complementary alternative medicine therapies in the prevention, management and treatment of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and rheumatologic disorders. Alternative therapies investigated include acupuncture, nutrition, herbal medicine, spirituality, mind-body therapies, and energy medicine. Lifestyle change programs that include stress reduction and respite in nature are also actively researched.