UC Health Integrative Medicine Now Offering Services in Barrett Cancer Center

NOTE TO EDITORS: UC Health Integrative Medicine will hold an open house in the second-floor lobby of the Barrett Cancer Center, 234 Goodman Ave., from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21, to showcase all of the services being provided in the new space. Mini acupuncture, chair massages, light refreshments and tours will be offered. The event is free and open to the public.

integrative medCincinnati—Jan. 7, 2013—UC Health Integrative Medicine services will now be offered the Barrett Cancer Center on the Clifton campus, expanding services to not only UC Cancer Institute patients and their caregivers but also to the Cincinnati community as a whole.

Massage therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, acupressure—which targets the same pressure points as acupuncture only without needles—and National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) auricular acupuncture will be offered.

The NADA acupuncture protocol has strong research support as being beneficial for smoking cessation and anxiety reduction in addition to other conditions.

“We will be starting out initially with one room on the second floor of the Barrett Center during weekdays,” says Sian Cotton, PhD, University of Cincinnati associate professor of family and community medicine and director of the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness and UC Health Integrative Medicine, adding that providers hope to begin integrative physician consults in July. “Anyone is welcome to use these services.”

Additionally, Cotton says the hope is to eventually offer massage and acupuncture in the chemotherapy infusion room for patients and their family members during the treatment process.

“These integrative techniques have been shown to help with relaxation and ease nausea, a common side effect of chemotherapy,” she says. “Also, the pain and stress related to the condition can also be relieved with certain integrative techniques.

“In addition to improving patients’ coping, we hope to assist caregivers and employees and staff, as these roles can also be very stressful. It’s important for everyone to take care of themselves so that they can, in turn, provide the best care for their loved ones or the patients they care for.

“We are very excited to expand our services to the Cincinnati area and hope to improve the outcomes and quality of life of not only patients living with cancer and their caregivers but also other interested Tristate residents.”

The UC Health Barrett Cancer Center is located at 234 Goodman Ave. Services will be offered in Pod C within the breast cancer suite. No referral is needed for any of these services.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, please call 513-475-9567, or visit uchealth.com/services/integrative/.


  • 8 a.m.–noon, Mondays: Reflexology, Acupressure and NADA protocol with Judith Morey, RN, ND.
  • 1–4:30 p.m., Wednesdays, and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Fridays: Massage therapy with Joyce Cowens, LMT.
  • 1–5:30 p.m., Thursdays: Acupuncture and NADA protocol with Martyn Thomas, Dipl. Ac.

*Services are by appointment only.

About UC Health
UC Health, the University of Cincinnati’s affiliated health system, includes University of Cincinnati Medical Center, ranked one of the best hospitals in the region by U.S. News & World Report; West Chester Hospital, one of Cincinnati’s newest hospitals and the recipient of the 2013 HealthGrades® Outstanding Patient Experience Award, ranking it above 90 percent of hospitals nationally for patient satisfaction; Drake Center, Cincinnati’s premier provider of long-term acute care; University of Cincinnati Physicians, Cincinnati’s largest multi-specialty practice group with more than 700 board-certified clinicians and surgeons; Lindner Center of HOPE, the region’s premier mental health center; and several institutes focusing on the areas of cancer, the neurosciences, cardiovascular and diabetes. To learn more, visit UCHealth.com.


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