Clinic Offers Latest in Complementary, Conventional Medicine

June 17, 2002
Contact: Osher Center for Integrative Medicine (415) 353-7720

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine has opened a new clinic, combining the latest in complementary and conventional medicine. The clinic is located in Suite 150 of 1701 Divisadero St, near Sutter Street, at UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion.

Dr. Bradly P. Jacobs, medical director of the clinic, said, "We're crossing a new frontier in medicine. The clinic creates an exciting opportunity for complementary and alternative medicine practitioners and conventional doctors to sit down at the same table with the common goal of optimizing patient well-being."

Generally, alternative medicine is defined as treatments used in place of conventional medicine – such as acupuncture, meditation and herbs -- while complementary medicine involves alternative practices used together with conventional medicine.

A third category called integrative medicine combines mainstream medical treatments with alternative therapies that have been studied and determined to be safe and effective.

The new Osher clinic offers treatments by specialists in the areas of women's health, cancer, chronic pain, repetitive strain injury, headaches, heart disease, nutrition and healthy living.

Doctors and other health professionals provide consultations and treatments individually or as part of a group. Individual treatments such as acupuncture, therapeutic massage, movement therapy nutritional counseling, psychotherapy and meditation are offered as well as group programs such as "mindfulness-based" stress reduction, support groups tai chi and therapeutic yoga.

For more information about our complementary care, please call the clinic at (415) 353-7720 or send an email to [email protected].