Started in 2004, the Program for Integrative Medicine and Healthcare Disparities at Boston Medical Center is committed to evidence-based practices. Holistic care or integrative medicine combines conventional medical treatment, complementary therapies, and lifestyle changes. It encourages a compassionate, healing relationship between patients and caregivers. Integrative medicine views the whole person—mind, body, and spirit. 

Conventional treatments may include prescription medication, x-rays, surgical procedures, physical, and occupational therapy. Complementary therapies include yoga, massage, acupuncture, herbal therapy, dietary supplements, meditation, hypnosis, chi gung, tai chi, and reiki. Historically, complementary therapies were not part of conventional medicine; however, certain therapies are becoming more common in healthcare today because knowledge and research about their effectiveness continues to grow.

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Cancer Support Activities

Cancer Support Programs offers ongoing support activities that speak to the interests of many. People get to know one another in the context of skill-building and body/mind activities.

Pediatrics - Pain Clinic

The Pediatric Pain Clinic at Boston Medical Center manages acute, complex, and chronic pain in children from infancy to age 22. Our team of experts work closely with each patient's primary care physician, striving to help children regain normal lives and participate in typical age-appropriate activities.

Adult Primary Care

Adult patients in BMC's General Adult Primary Care department have a Medical Home where they become part of a primary care team which provides a new, expanded type of care.

Rooftop Farm

Three stories above BMC's power plant thrives a 2,658 square foot farm with more than 25 crops. The farm not only provides fresh, local produce to our hospitalized patients, cafeterias, Demonstration Kitchen, and Preventive Food Pantry, but is also part of BMC's commitment to going green. The farm reduces the hospital's carbon footprint, increases green space, and reduces energy use, including the energy required to transport food.

The Teaching Kitchen

Come to the Teaching Kitchen for a FREE cooking class and learn how to make simple, cost-effective, and delicious recipes that will help you live a healthier life and/or manage your disease or condition! 

Preventive Food Pantry

The Food Pantry works to address nutrition-related illness and under-nutrition for our low-income patients. It fills the therapeutic gap by linking physicians and nutritionists to patients.

Treatments & Services

Acupuncture

Acupuncture describes a family of procedures that stimulate different points on the body using a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique most often studied scientifically is placing sterile, thin, solid, metallic needles in the skin and manipulating them. Non-needle acupuncture techniques, such as acupressure and magnetic therapy, are also offered. 

Breathing Exercises

Buteyko is a clinically-proven, natural, safe breathing retraining program which utilizes the body’s self-healing capacities. It is based on the standard medical principles of respiration and the Bohr effect.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness can be achieved by anyone. The practice of mindfulness is a purposeful way to approach your day to day tasks: this mindset can reduce stress and enhance the joy experienced in daily life.

Yoga

Yoga originated over 2000 years ago in India as a system of physical, moral, and spiritual practices. Like other meditative movement practices used for health purposes, modern day yoga typically combines physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation. A list of affordable yoga programs can be found here.

Tai Chi

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art involving a series of slow, continuous gentle movements, postures, and stretching, as well as meditation and controlled breathing. Over the years, this practice has been popularly used for health promotion and rehabilitation.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractors usually treat problems related to the musculoskeletal system, and treatment often involves manual therapy and spinal manipulation to improve joint motion and function. Manipulations are typically done on the spine, but other parts of the body may also be treated in this way.

Our Team

Betsy Simmons
Yoga Instructor

Ramel Rones
Tai Chi Instructor 

Beth Sommers, Ph.D., MPH, Lic.Ac.
Acupuncturist

CJ Allen, Lic.Ac.
Acupuncture Preceptor

Maria Broderick, Ed.D., Lic.Ac.
Pediatric Acupuncture, Acupuncture Preceptor

Julie Ritucci, Lic.Ac.
Acupuncturist

Patient Resources

Holistic Care and Integrative Medicine Classes

Group offerings are an opportunity for individuals living with the same medical challenges to come together to share, learn, and experience mind-body practices in a safe environment. There are two opportunities for this; chronic pain management and chronic illness management. These are not times when you will meet individually with your provider and discuss your care plan. Rather, the goal is to help you learn a holistic approach to your health.

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