Today is Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020

Center for

Integrative Health and Wellness

About the Center

Integrative medicine combines conventional medicine with evidence-based complementary therapies such as mindfulness approaches, nutrition and health coaching, acupuncture, massage therapy, yoga therapy and stress reduction techniques for optimal healing.

The Center for Integrative Health and Wellness promotes integrative medicine principles at the UC Academic Health Center and throughout the community. We are working to engage members of all colleges and units, along with our community partners, to develop robust integrative health and wellness initiatives and programs.

Our faculty provide education to enrich and cultivate integrative medicine skills for medical students and promote the value of treating the whole person. Using evidence-based perspectives, graduates will be able to address and counsel patients in the use of integrative modalities, improving patient care and satisfaction. Our researchers are involved in several federally-funded research projects that focus on integrative care.

The Center for Integrative Health and Wellness at UC College of Medicine is working to change society’s approach to healthcare. Read more about our mission and leaders >>

Hear for Yourself: Center Director, Sian Cotton, PhD talks Integrative Medicine during the UC Health Medical Monday Program.

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Wellness During Times of Stress

As we at the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness, along with our community, navigate the uncertain landscape of COVID-19, our best offense is to share information and resources as we promote wellness in the coming weeks and beyond.
During this out-of-the-ordinary situation, bring focus to the areas of your life that are within your control and attempt to keep those things as ordinary or as ‘normal’ as possible. Staying well, particularly in times of stress, to promote wellness, we should continue to eat well, prioritize sleep, stay active and reduce the effects of stress.

When physical social connection feels limited, there is an opportunity to turn inward for a self-scan.

Explore the field of mindfulness over the next few weeks. Mindfulness can help us to acknowledge our thoughts objectively and with kindness, to notice what is happening in the body, and to come back to the breath as a centering anchor.

We can also tune-up our immune system by modifying personal behaviors. Physical activity, adequate sleep and healthy eating play a significant role in improving immunologic health.

Sian Cotton, PhD


Welcome to the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness. Our mission is to improve the health of our local and global community through innovative, internationally-recognized research, education, clinical practice, and community engagement efforts focused on integrative health and wellness. As we prepare for another exciting year of program growth, I am mindful of our stakeholders’ commitment to promoting wellness, and want to say thank you to all of those who are invested in the Center’s success.

Throughout the year, we look forward to bringing you highlights of new clinical offerings, our growing capacity in conducting innovative integrative health research, community educational events, and our steadfast commitment to training the next generation of physicians and providers to be more holistic in their approach to patient care and wellness. 

Sian Cotton, PhD
Director, UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness

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