Public Integrative-Medicine Courses

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Aug 18, 2016

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.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at

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