In response to the growing popularity of integrative-medical treatments such as acupuncture, yoga, tai chi, meditation, hypnosis and other practices, the Mayo Clinic is collaborating with a lifelong-learning video and audio educational course provider to offer a 12-lecture series for the general public. Lecture topics include mind-body medicine, meditation and moving meditation (yoga, tai chi and qigong), among others.

Course providers noted that complementary therapies like yoga, tai chi or meditation may help in situations where conventional medicine is not adequate. Such situations might include management of chronic pain for people with arthritis or fibromyalgia. Complementary treatments also benefit patients with pre- and postoperative pain and anxiety and people who need to manage stress more effectively.

For more information or to watch the courses, go to
www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/the-science-of-integrative-medicine.html .

Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is an internationally acknowledged integrative health and mindfulness specialist, best-selling author of 16 fitness and wellness books translated into multiple languages and sold worldwide, award-winning health journalist, contributing editor to Fitness Journal, media spokesperson, and IDEA's 2008 Fitness Instructor of the Year. She's a 25-year industry veteran and former health and fitness educator at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, who has served on multiple industry committees and co-authored trade books and manuals for ACE, ACSM and YMCA of the USA. She has appeared on TV worldwide and was a featured trainer on America's Next Top Model.

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