Integrative Therapies

Integrative Medicine augments our high-tech cancer treatments with ancient wisdom and proven practices.

We offer therapies and classes designed especially for the needs of cancer patients and their families.Research has demonstrated the value of techniques like Acupuncture, ART for Healing, Guided Imagery, Massage Therapy, and Reiki. They can help you decrease anxiety, strengthen your immune system, reduce your pain levels, and even accelerate healing. That's why we make these integrative medicine techniques available to Cancer Institute patients.

While we address the physical aspects of healing, we are also mindful that healing incorporates more than just the body's biological processes. The body's connection to mind and spirit is vitally important. When mind-body techniques are incorporated, benefits are experienced on all three levels: Mind. Body. Spirit.

Integrative medicine services can help you achieve a general sense of well-being, better sleep quality, increased range of motion, improved digestion, pain relief, and relaxation. We are committed to providing the most appropriate and effective treatments for every person.

Therapeutic Massage/Reflexology

A hands-on soft tissue manipulation, massage facilitates a slowing down and quieting of the mind and body. It also helps relieve stress and pain. Techniques include: Swedish, deep tissue, sports, manual lymph drainage, pregnancy, chair massage, cranial-sacral therapy, and reflexology. All practitioners are licensed massage therapists and members of the adjunct medical staff.


Acupuncture is the process of applying tiny needles to specific points on the body. It relieve a wide variety of symptoms and increases the function and quality of peoples’lives. All acupuncturists are nationally board certified, maintain Connecticut state licenses and are members of the adjunct medical staff.

Reiki & Energy Therapy

Reiki is one form of energy therapy that is a gentle, hands-on relaxation technique to help you feel calmer and more comfortable, facilitating the healing of mind, body, and spirit.

Other forms of energy therapy that target the subtle energy body of the individual include Quantum Touch and Integrated Energy Therapy. These techniques are designed to restore balance to the energy body and facilitate healing.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a patient-centered educational approach which uses intensive training in mindfulness meditation to teach people how to take better care of themselves and live healthier lives. Our instructors meet the Qualifications and Recommended Guidelines for MBSR Teachers.

Hypnosis & Guided Imagery

Hypnosis is a trance-like state in which there is heightened focus and concentration. Hypnosis is usually done by a therapist using verbal repetition and mental images. Hypnosis promotes relaxation and openness to suggestion. The technique can be used for smoking cessation, weight loss, phobias & anxiety, insomnia, and pain control. Guided imagery is a gentle but powerful technique that focuses and directs thoughts and imagination to induce a beneficial outcome. It can be used to reduce stress, improve performance, and promote health.

Art for Healing

Expressive art is a creative process that is used as a diversion to reduce stress and promote wellness. No art experience is required to participate. Most programs are free of charge to patients and family members!

Prepare and Recover from Surgery

Our integrative medicine physicians will meet with you and formulate a personalized health care plan with emphasis on the following:
1)Pain management - using acupuncture, energy therapy, massage, hypnosis, and guided imagery

2)Inflammation management - combining diet and supplement use with acupuncture, energy therapy, and guided imagery

3)Achieving healthy sleep - our physicians can suggest natural sleep remedies to aid in your post-operative recovery and healing

Who Pays for Integrative Medicine Services?

Many Integrative Medicine services are covered by insurance, workers compensation or are offered free or at a reduced charge through support from the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute. When possible please verify coverage with your insurance carrier and call us at 860.972.4444 for more information.

Meet our Integrative Medicine Specialists:

Name Specialties Location
Herr, J. Michael, DO 860.236.2515
  • Family Medicine
  • Integrative / Holistic Medicine
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  • West Hartford
Markow, Mary Jane, ND, LAc 860.972.4444
  • Integrative / Holistic Medicine
  • Avon
  • Hartford
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Oder, Terrence Frederic, MD, ABIHM 860.522.2377
  • Nephrology
  • Integrative / Holistic Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Bloomfield
  • Farmington
  • Hartford
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Secor, Eric R., ND, PhD, LAc 860.972.4444
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Hartford
  • Hartford
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Our Integrative Therapy Locations:

Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute