Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine incorporates multiple approaches to healing and involves collaboration between conventional and complementary medicine practitioners. It offers a personal approach to health by combining complementary therapies that have been proven safe and effective with conventional medical approaches.

Yoga Pose at Carolina Pointe II Many people going through cancer find that Integrative Medicine can relieve symptoms or side effects, ease pain, and enhance their lives during treatment. The Integrative Medicine Services provided at UNC Cancer Care are intended to complement traditional cancer care.  Our Integrative Medicine program, which currently includes Acupuncture, Integrative Medicine Consults, Massage, Wellness Programs and Yoga can help lead you to improved well-being during cancer treatment and after its completion. 

Many of our Integrative Medicine program’s services are also offered at offsite locations, with easy access and parking for your convenience. Please contact Mindy Gellin at mindy_gellin@med.unc.edu 919-966-9519 for more information. See below for more information on our current offerings: Acupuncture, Integrative Medicine Consults, Massage Therapy, & Yoga.

Acupuncture

The term "acupuncture" describes a family of procedures involving the stimulation of points on the body using a variety of techniques-such as sound waves, tiny electrical charges, and/or very thin needles. Acupuncture, a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, originated more than 2,000 years ago.  Acupuncture is being used in the care of cancer patients to help alleviate pain, fatigue, hot flashes and dry mouth after radiation as well as post-operative chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting.  For more information visit http://www.med.unc.edu/fammed/fammedcenter/about-us/services/acupuncture-clinic

Practitioner: Wunian Chen, MD 
Dr. Wunian Chen completed his training in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western Medicine at Hubei College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He practiced Internal Medicine as a kidney specialist and acupuncturist at the Wuhan First Hospital in Hubei from 1983-1990. In 2002, he helped establish the UNC Family Medicine Acupuncture Clinic. 

To make an appointment for acupuncture with Dr. Chen, call the UNC Family Medicine at 984-974-0210 and ask to make an acupuncture appointment with Dr. Chen. 
Fee: $105 first visit, $80 return visits.  File on own for reimbursement.

Integrative Medicine Consults

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The Integrative Medicine Consult Service is designed to help cancer patients and
survivors distinguish between the various forms of complementary medicine and decide which approaches are right for their individual needs. Consults often include a review of dietary supplements and referral for appropriate integrative therapies, but can include discussion of any factors related to integrative medicine and cancer care.

Practitioner: Gary Asher, MD, MPH
Gary Asher, MD, MPH, is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member and Director of Integrative Medicine Services, Assistant Director of the Chatham Hospital Emergency Department and Assistant Professor in the UNC Department of Family Medicine. He has been a practitioner, teacher, and researcher in the field of Integrative Medicine for over 20 years.

To make an appointment for an Integrative Medicine Consultation with Dr. Asher, call  919-966-3494.

Massage TherapyMassage 2016

Relax with a soothing massage that can relieve muscular tension, provide relief from temporary or chronic muscular discomfort, reduce pain and swelling, assist the body in achieving greater flexibility, increase circulation, and stimulate healing. Practitioners are licensed massage therapists experienced in treating patients with cancer.

Practitioner: Stephanie Nussbaum specializes in medical massage and has been practicing for 18 years, including working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. Recipients of her work rave about her healing presence. Services are free to oncology patients and carecivers.

To make an appointment for Massage at UNC Cancer Hospital for a 15- 30 minute massages for patients and caregivers on inpatient units, (check with your nurse first)  call 984-974-8100.
Where: 4 Oncology, BMT, 6 Women’s or 7 Neuro.
When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays by appointment.

Yoga

More research is being done on how the practice of yoga can have positive health effects for people living with cancer, cancer survivors and their caregivers.  Studies of the effects of yoga on quality of life in people with cancer have shown encouraging results.  Yoga has been shown to improve insomnia, decrease fatigue, and reduce stress as well as the side effects of cancer treatment. 

Mondays & Wednesdays:
 UNC Wellness at Meadowmont, Studio A 2:00-3:30 &
Fridays: Wholistic Health Studio 10:00am-11:30am, 1000 Hackberry Ln, Durham
Please call either 984-974-8100 or 919-966-9519 for more information 
 If you are new to the yoga classes please arrive 15 minutes early

 For information on our Wellness/Exercise Programs click here.

For more information about these services and other classes and presentations offered by the CCSP, view the Cancer Support Calendar. For more information about Integrative Medicine and Complementary therapies (CAM) and related resources, check out these recommended websites.