I first learned about Integrative medicine when living in Columbus and working at Ohio State. I was looking for a new primary care doc, and my friend recommended a gentleman who practiced Integrative medicine. I didn’t know much about Integrative medicine before my first appointment, and I would soon learn that it definitely differs from the traditional western healthcare system to which we are accustomed.


Integrative medicine addresses health across a person’s lifespan, seeks to understand underlying causes of illness, not just mask symptoms, and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect health.


So, for example, when I showed up at my doctor’s office with recurring headaches he not only told me to take ibuprofen when needed, but he tried to understand and address the root cause of the headaches. He asked about my stress levels, my environment, my food intake, and how I was staying physically active. We determined together that the headaches derived from muscle tension. So, my doctor prescribed me massages to address the root cause.





Integrative docs don’t discount the undeniable effectiveness of western medicine. Instead, they combine conventional medicine with evidence-based complementary therapies such as nutrition and health coaching, stress reduction techniques, movement, massage therapy, and yoga therapy to promote optimal health for life.   


In Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati’s Center for Integrative Health and Wellness has a team of integrative doctors that work in various departments across the medical center. Their philosophy is, “a whole health approach that empowers and equips individuals to take charge of their health and well-being, and live their life to the fullest.”


This January 12th, The Center is hosting their 2nd annual community symposium aimed to inspire attendees to optimize their personal well-being in the year ahead. The symposium will focus on whole-person wellness and will showcase innovative ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle, preempt illness, and promote healing through lifestyle management and evidence-based complementary therapies.


The day is jammed packed with goodness.


Attendees can expect:

  • Options for movement throughout the day including tai chi, dancing, yoga, and guided meditation.

  • Over thirty local speakers focused on one of four tracks: integrative oncology, stress management, pain management, and gut health.

  • An internationally recognized keynote speaker, Dr. Victoria Maizes, from the University of Arizona, who will speak on overall vitality.

  • Booths chock full of information on local health and wellness establishments.

  • Networking with like-minded individuals interested in health.

  • The option to dine with one of your favorite speakers to ask follow-up questions on their presentations.

  • A performance circle with healing music including drumming and gongs.


This Symposium would be good for you to attend if:

  • You don’t know what the heck Integrative medicine is and you want to learn more

  • You’re interested in learning more about integrative oncology, stress management, pain management or gut health.

  • You’re a health nut, like us, and just want to hear about how to be healthier.

  • You want to do yoga, meditation, and mindful movement all day long.

  • You’re interested in the science behind integrative practices.

The Symposium will be held January 12th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at UC Tangeman University Center. The cost is $25 for students and $45 for the general public which includes lunch. Grab a ticket here.


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