Jefferson University Hospitals

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the comprehensive approach work for specific illnesses?

Here are some examples:

A patient with allergies, for instance, who is taking conventional medicines to reduce acute symptoms, may also benefit from the elimination of certain trigger foods and the addition of specific nutritional or herbal medicines to balance the immune system.

A patient with fibromyalgia (an autoimmune condition involving chronic muscle pain and fatigue) may benefit from movement therapy to reduce discomfort. There are also often unsuspected underlying causes for pain that a detailed holistic evaluation can uncover.

A patient with irritable bowel syndrome may benefit from both conventional and botanical medicines as well as mindfulness meditation that all work together to relieve intestinal cramps and improve digestion.

A woman seeking menopause counseling may benefit from herbs and other appropriate therapies to ease hot flashes and also learn to modify her diet and exercise to prevent bone loss, heart disease and other postmenopausal conditions.

Can I come to the Institute if I already have a specialist?

Yes. In fact many patients with allergies, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome and other chronic conditions are referred to us by their physician. We offer a perspective that augments the care that you’ve already received. Our aim is to help you feel better while adding value to your total patient care.

How can patients with cancer benefit from the Institute?

Our staff is trained in a wide range of supportive, complementary therapies that can help to sustain and strengthen the overall health of a person with cancer. Some therapies may help to enhance general immune function. Other therapies are very useful in reducing symptoms such as pain, nausea and anxiety. We incorporate mind/body therapies (including meditation, supportive psychotherapy, yoga and imagery work), nutritional counseling and diet modification, massage therapy, acupuncture and selected herbal and homeopathic medicines. We work closely with you and your doctor to find a program that is beneficial for you.