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Integrative Medicine combines conventional western medicine with complementary therapies. As we encourage the body’s innate tendency for healing, we endeavor to expand the conventional definition of healing to include mental, emotional and spiritual aspects. We foster an environment where both patient and practitioner are engaged in their own healing process and lifelong learning. NorthShore’s Integrative Medicine Program is one of the largest and most well-established programs in the country and is a member of the national Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine.We use safe, evidence-based complementary therapies and communicate fully with patients’ traditional western medicine physicians and specialists to optimize health and a heightened sense of well-being.
Our board-certified physicians have formal education in integrative medicine as well as years of experience in conventional medicine. NorthShore’s practitioners have the highest certifications in their fields and substantial experience in caring for people with a broad range of conditions. Our Practice Includes:
Supportive PracticesIntegrative Medicine means just that – integrating our practices with the patient’s current treatment plan in conjunction with their primary care and specialty physicians. Since 1999, many of our patients have experienced excellent outcomes from this partnership.
Increasingly, cancer patients are finding value in adding acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and Integrative Bodywork to their conventional cancer treatments. Before, during and after chemotherapy and radiation cycles, individuals battling cancer are tapping integrative practices to offset side effects, provide a sense of control in their healing process, increase energy and relaxation and heighten healing. Many patients benefit from having direct access to our Integrative Medicine programs at the hospital. The Evanston, Highland Park and Glenbrook Hospital Kellogg Cancer Centers have collaborated with Integrative Medicine to offer acupuncture and integrative bodywork services to patients during their visit.NorthShore’s Integrative Medicine practitioners collaborate with oncologists, many of whom are referring their patients for complementary therapies. Our integrative team has specialized training and expertise in working with cancer patients and our commitment to holistic and compassionate care for cancer patients is absolute.
An initial visit with one of our integrative medicine physicians will typically last 60 minutes and will include a lengthy interview where we will inquire about your nutrition, physical activity, breathing, rest, relationships, environment, awareness and spirituality. We will also review your medical records and any medications you are currently taking.Please complete an intake form before your initial visit and bring copies of your medical records and recent lab results. If your physicians and tests were at NorthShore, the results will be available through NorthShore’s Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system and you do not need to bring copies.To schedule an appointment, please call 847.657.3540. Please note that a physician referral is not required for any integrative medicine visits, including a consultation with an integrative medicine physician.