Hospitals Say Yes to Unconventional Care

Hospitals Say Yes to Unconventional Care

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Local hospitals are increasingly offering complementary and alternative treatment options to patients. Here are highlights:

Georgetown University Hospital: The Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center provides meditation, yoga and a variety of classes to patients, including music and art therapy.

George Washington University Medical Center: Reiki, animal-assisted therapy (using dogs to relieve stress, for example) and music therapy are provided throughout the hospital. Doctors also refer patients to the Center for Integrative Medicine, which offers many unconventional treatments, including acupuncture, homeopathy, naturopathy and massage therapy.

Washington Hospital Center: Reiki, guided imagery and music therapy workshops are offered throughout the hospital.

Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System: The new Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center offers acupuncture, Chinese medicine, reiki, massage therapy and hypnotherapy, among other treatments.

University of Maryland Medical System: Acupuncture and reiki are offered for free at the Shock Trauma Center, and plans are underway to create a hospital-wide reiki program. The Center for Integrative Medicine also offers a wide variety of treatments including homeopathy, massage therapy, yoga and reiki.

-- Sindya Bhanoo

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