A standard practice within traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, acupuncture has in recent decades been widely accepted by Western culture as an adjunctive treatment for many illnesses, including cancer.
Acupuncture involves having hair-thin needles gently inserted into the skin at specific points, called acupoints. When stimulated in this way, as well as with heat, acupoints can help us correct and rebalance physical, mental, spiritual, and
Acupuncture is one of the Zakim Center's most popular offerings. Patients describe it as a calming and invigorating experience that can help them
manage the symptoms and side effects associated with cancer. This therapy is available for both adult and pediatric patients in individual
Massage and other forms of therapeutic touch date back 3,000 years to China. This ancient practice can improve circulation, strengthen the immune system, and decrease anxiety, apprehension, and stress.
By stimulating the brain to produce endorphins — the natural pain suppressors of the body — massage can improve patients' general sense of well-being. Our therapists give full body massages, while volunteers offer free hand massages to patients during
chemotherapy. Massage therapy is available to adult and pediatric cancer patients in individual sessions, and during infusion in certain treatment centers. Ask your care team for more information about infusion massage.
Reflexology, like other touch therapies, has its roots in ancient culture and civilizations. Reflexology involves touch and specific techniques in the hands, feet, and ears that point to various reflex points in organs, glands, or other parts of the body.
Reflexology helps stimulate nerve pathways and encourages relaxation. We use reflexology as an integrative modality in cancer care, to improve quality of life by supporting patients throughout their cancer journey. Reflexology is available to adult
and pediatric patients in individual sessions, or during infusion in some treatment centers.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction that is safe, natural, and easy to learn. You simply lie down on a table, fully clothed, while a licensed Reiki master (teacher) places his or her hands on various parts of your body. In addition to making
you feel more relaxed, safe, and secure, a proficient instructor can facilitate energy flow to the areas where you need it most — often creating a warm feeling in those locations. Small studies have shown that the practice can
help reduce anxiety in cancer patients. Reiki is available to adult and pediatric cancer patients in individual sessions, and during infusion in certain treatment centers. Ask
your care team for more information about infusion Reiki.
Learn more about the benefits of Reiki for cancer patients.
Integrative Medicine Consultations
Anne Kelly, RN, MS, NP-C, AOCNP If
you're wondering which therapies may be beneficial for you, ask your oncologist for a referral to meet with Anne Kelly, RN, MS, NP-C, AOCNP, for an integrative medicine consultation. She will explain the safety and benefits of our integrative therapies,
how they work in conjunction with traditional cancer treatment, and which ones may best fit your diagnosis, treatment schedule, and interests. Consultations are currently offered on Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., and on Thursdays from 1:00-5:00 p.m.
An integrative nutrition consult is one that assesses multiple factors and influences on a person’s diet and nutrition. Determining complimentary therapies that assist with improved metabolism and weight maintenance, providing nutrition recommendations
tailored to exercise goals, and acknowledging that the mind/body connection and relationship with food are just a few of the many ways an integrative consult can support a person’s nutrition and wellness journey.