Understanding the Role of Integrative Medicine

September 16, 2014 Brigham and Women's Hospital

Osher Clinical Center leadership (left to right): Donald B. Levy, MD; Helen Langevin, MD; and Peter Wayne, PhD

Many of us believe integrative medicine is an alternative to traditional medical therapy or a complement to it. Yet, neither of these is an accurate description according to Donald B. Levy, MD, Medical Director, Osher Clinical Center for Integrative Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH).

Dr. Levy defines integrative medicine as a philosophy of healing that focuses on non-invasive therapies and lifestyle habits to enhance the body’s ability to heal. Integrative medicine, which includes therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, and massage, is particularly beneficial for patients with chronic health conditions, says Dr. Levy.

In this video, Dr. Levy describes the role of integrative medicine and how physicians at the Osher Clinical Center work collaboratively with physicians in other medical specialties at BWH to optimize patient care.

Read these blog posts to learn more about integrative therapies offered at the Osher Clinical Center:

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