The Integrative Medicine Service offers acupuncture, group exercise classes and personal training, nutrition and dietary supplement counseling, massage therapies, and mind-body therapies.
*Only acupuncture, massage, music therapy, and yoga
Classes and services are open to all; patients, survivors, caregivers and the community. Our physicians will develop a personalized plan and answer questions for any patient at any stage of treatment detailing how integrative therapies can treat their side effects and support their recovery. Complimentary consultations with one of our Integrative Medicine physicians are available weekdays at the following locations:
International Patients: Integrative Medicine physicians will also perform a mail review assessment for any patient living outside of the United States. To learn more, contact MSK’s Bobst International Center at 888-675-7722 or email email@example.com.
AcupunctureAcupuncture is a safe, painless, and effective form of traditional Chinese medicine. Disposable, ultra-thin needles are applied to specific points on the body to stimulate the nervous system to release certain chemicals in the brain. The improved energy and balance stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities, relieve many physical ailments, promote physical and emotional well-being, and assist with lifestyle issues such as smoking cessation and weight loss.
Physical side effects treated with acupuncture include pain, muscle tension, neuropathy, dry mouth, headache, musculoskeletal problems, fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, lack of appetite, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, weight gain and loss, swelling, hot flashes, and surgery-related arm and leg lymphedema.
Enjoy the benefits of acupuncture at a lower cost by enrolling in a small group session. You will be among a maximum of six people treated by one of Integrative Medicine’s senior acupuncturists. Sessions are now also available at the Brooklyn Infusion Center. One private session with one of Integrative Medicine’s acupuncturists is required prior to joining a Community session.
This therapy uses gentle, pain-free acupuncture and acupressure techniques to help you look better and feel great. Facial acupuncture may improve skin tone and appearance, and minimize fine lines.
Individual first session
Well-Being Passport* (ten sessions)
Community acupuncture visit
*A Well-Being Passport may be used for any individual therapy normally priced $100.
Mind-body therapies are often used to combat symptoms such as depression, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, stress, nausea, weight gain and loss, pain, muscle tension, and headache.
The rate for individual mind-body therapies is $120; for a package of ten, $900. Therapies are customized to fit the needs of all patients and families regardless of clinical status.
Individual session (Meditation or Hypnotherapy)
Mindfulness Practice Group
Meditation teaches us to calm our minds and to be more present in every moment of our lives. This can lead to powerful reductions in stress, anxiety, and depression. Meditation and guided imagery can alleviate pain, as well as other symptoms. Through meditation, we can reconnect with our unique inner strengths, which can be strong allies during times of illness or stress.
The practice of self-hypnosis is taught, allowing you to harness your own innate and powerful resources and to master the art and science of self-regulation. Benefits include relaxation, reduced pain, improved sleep, improved digestion, and desired behavior change.
Learn practical techniques to manage pre-surgical anxiety, post-operative pain, fatigue, or depression, and to facilitate your return to normal functioning. The session includes an audio CD to support your practice at home.
Self-Hypnosis for Weight Loss
Self-hypnosis for weight loss is a specially designed program to help you lose weight easily and without dieting. The program is creative, fun and empowering.
This weekly group focuses on the practices of mindfulness meditation, the foundation of all meditation traditions. While mindfulness meditation is simple to learn, its benefits are profound and long lasting. A brief conversation with the group leader is required prior to participating, and can be arranged with the front desk. Space is limited.
Nutrition counseling can help you to improve your health through dietary changes. Integrative Medicine nutritionists also specialize in helping patients with questions related to dietary supplements, vitamins, and herb-prescription drug interactions.
Nutrition and Supplement (30-minute)
Nutrition and Supplement (one-hour)
Focus on Supplements (30-minute)
Well-being Passport (ten one-hour sessions)
Nutrition and Cancer Basics (one-hour)
During this appointment, our dietician will outline nutritional guidelines for you to follow based upon your personal health and weight goals, and recommendations to improve your health and diet once you complete treatment. Consulting with a dietician at Integrative Medicine also offers the unique benefit of asking question about dietary supplements and herbs. Patients and their caregivers may meet with the Integrative Medicine dietician at the Bendheim Integrative Medicine Center or by telephone.
This 30-minute session discusses the pros and cons of over-the-counter dietary supplements, including the possibility of interactions with various medications. Guidelines will be provided for the safe use of supplements, both for disease prevention and for those undergoing treatment. Phone consultations are available.
Join Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Virtual Programs and Integrative Medicine Service for an interactive and informative lecture presented by Donald Garrity, RD, CDN. In this free online session, you will learn about herbs, dietary supplements and healthy eating recommendations before, during and after treatment. Nutrition & Cancer Basics is a general introduction; for more personalized nutrition recommendations and counseling, we recommend making an appointment with our dietician. Nutrition & Cancer Basics is a bimonthly educational program open to all MSK patients and caregivers. To register for the next session, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Physical Activity & Fitness
Exercise programs can improve strength and endurance while promoting relaxation. Physical fitness also helps relieve pain, muscle tension, weakness, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and stress. Click here to see our group class offerings.
Group exercise classes
Personal training (30-minute)
Personal training (one-hour)
Well-being Passport (ten one-hour personal training sessions)
Passport to Fitness (ten group exercise classes)
Symptoms commonly treated with touch therapies include pain, muscle tension, post-operative discomfort, musculoskeletal problems, anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, and fatigue.
Individual session with senior therapist
This technique focuses on addressing specific deeper tissues and muscle groups of the body. The therapist will use a range of pressures throughout the session for comfort and safety. The intention is to affect adjustment in the tissues without causing undue discomfort or strain.
Shiatsu, a type of massage developed in Japan, uses hand pressure and stretching techniques to promote balance and to quiet and center the mind. Depending on the client’s clinical status, our therapists may perform Shiatsu on the floor or on a massage table. Please wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.
Swedish massage is the most popular type of massage in the United States. It involves the therapeutic manipulation of muscles with a variety of hand movements to relieve muscular tension, stimulate circulation, and induce feelings of deep relaxation and tranquility.
MLD, now offered at the Bendheim Integrative Medicine Center and the integrative medicine suite at the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center, is an important part of complete decongestive therapy for patients at risk for lymphedema or with symptoms such as heaviness or discomfort following lymph node dissection during cancer surgery. MLD is a gentle, noninvasive massage technique that directs excessive lymph fluid away from affected areas toward regions of the body that can support drainage. This therapy can reduce the pain and discomfort of lymphedema while promoting relaxation.
The oldest therapeutic modality of Chinese medicine, medical Qi Gong integrates focused attention, movement, breathing techniques, and gentle touch therapy that follows the body’s meridian map. Benefits include increased well-being, stress reduction, and management of symptoms such as pain, fatigue, nausea, and headache.
Pregnancy massage is relaxing and restorative. Through the application of specific techniques that include positioning and support, this special, gentle massage relieves stress and soothes tight and aching muscles.
Reflexology is the ancient practice of applying pressure to specific parts of the feet, hands, and ears. A reflexology treatment is deeply relaxing and helps to reduce stress, relieve pain, increase circulation, and enhance well-being. It’s perfect for the busy person on the go.
Reiki promotes the healing of physical and emotional ailments through gentle touch. Reiki therapists use light pressure techniques to restore harmony and provide deep relaxation and a sense of clarity.
This type of massage addresses work- and sports-related injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, “mouse shoulder,” and “tennis elbow.” In this individual, customized session, various massage techniques are used to relieve areas of pain, restriction of movement, and tension. Our therapists also make recommendations to help clients improve ergonomics when sitting at the computer, playing sports, or performing other repetitive tasks.
Creative Therapies for Inpatients (No Charge)
Music therapy uses music to encourage healing and promote a general sense of well-being. Under the guidance of a professionally trained music therapist, patients listen to or perform music, which enhances relaxation, creativity, pleasure, and self-expression and helps reduce pain and feelings of isolation.
Dance Multisensory Therapy (Available to Pediatric Inpatients Only)
Dance Therapy is a multi-sensory approach that helps patients express their experiences of their illness. Using the tools of movement, dance, music, body awareness, relaxation, and meditation/visualizations, patients explore their feelings and share their concerns. Through experiential activities, patients learn to manage pain and other symptoms, improve self-esteem and body image, develop effective communication skills in their relationships, and create new options for coping with their illness.