Conventional medicine treats symptoms and aims to rid the body of disease with drugs, radiation and/or surgery. While this approach can be effective and quick, it’s also reactive—most people seek care after they become sick, not to avoid getting sick in the first place. The traditional model is also narrowly specialized. When your foot hurts, you go to a podiatrist; if it’s your stomach, a gastroenterologist. Your health effectively gets sorted into silos managed by experts who might not talk to each other or see the full picture as they diagnose and devise your care. Integrative medicine addresses the whole person—body, mind and spirit—to help you optimize your health and maintain your vitality long-term. It’s personal and proactive by definition, and makes use of a broad range of evidence-based therapies as both alternatives and complements to conventional medicine. Say you suffer from chronic inflammation. Rather than relying on meds alone—with all their potential risks and side effects—integrative care might include nutrition counseling, acupuncture and gentle exercise. Over time you might find yourself in less pain with fewer prescriptions. You’ve built strength and have more energy to do the things you love. And with your new, healthy weight and lowered cholesterol, you’ve also reduced your risk of a list of other diseases, as well. Beyond treating your chronic inflammation, you’ve improved your quality of life for years to come. At the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, we provide world-class integrative care to help you: • HEAL your chronic and acute health issues, • STRENGTHEN your body, mind and spirit, and • THRIVE in all areas of your life: health, career, relationships and beyond.
The Marcus Institute of Integrative Health was established in 2017 by Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health to expand the research, education and clinical care profile of Jefferson’s integrative medicine program, and to set the international standard of excellence in evidence-based, patient-centric integrative care. At three convenient locations, our experienced physicians offer compassionate, individualized care to patients in the Philadelphia region and beyond. Using an innovative blend of traditional medicine, leading-edge technology, and proven complementary therapies, we treat and prevent a range of chronic health issues, as well as empower patients to proactively manage their health and wellness for life.
We are committed to improving patient outcomes around the world by: • Infusing integrative health into the traditional medical school curriculum, • Researching promising therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, cancer and traumatic brain injury, and • Focusing on prevention, health maintenance and early intervention for our patients.