Primary Children's Medical Center
- 100 N. Mario Capecchi Dr.
- Salt Lake City, UT
- Main Number: 801-662-1000
Integrative Medicine is healing-oriented medicine that encompasses the whole child, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of both conventional and alternative therapies.
Medical Director: Lynn Gershan, MD
Service provided under the direction of the University of Utah School of Medicine. Physicians are faculty of the University of Utah School of Medicine.
Acupoint stimulation promotes the body's natural healing ability and helps improve function. Some of the therapies that help with this are:
- Acupoint Massage
- Acupuncture, using special thin needles
According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupoint stimulation is believed to help regulate flow of energy throughout the body. Today, medical acupuncture is the term used to describe acupuncture performed by a doctor trained in Western medicine who has also had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. Acupuncture used in the integrative medicine clinic is usually painless and very well tolerated for children 10 years old and older.
Medical acupuncture influences three areas of healthcare:
- Promotion of health and well-being
- Prevention of illness
- Treatment of various medical conditions
Shoni-shin (Japanese pediatric acupuncture) is a type of acupuncture designed specifically for the treatment of children. This style of treatment was originally developed in Japan and still remains a main modality in pediatric healthcare. Shon-shin is a unique and painless approach to acupuncture that does not use insertive techniques. Specialized tools are use to scratch, tap or brush over the acupuncture pathways of the body, and many children describe it as a tickling sensation on their skin. It is often a very fun and relaxing experience for the child.
Like traditional acupuncture, Shoni-shin can treat a wide variety of health issues. Pediatric treatments work best when offered at the very first onset of symptoms and when administered early. Another very good use of the treatment is preventative care. This type of therapy also helps rebuild the immune system in children who tend to fall ill frequently. Infants to age 10 can benefit from this type of acupuncture.
Medical Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of plant-derived, aromatic essential oils to promote physical and psychological well-being. It is sometimes used in combination with massage and other therapeutic techniques as part of a holistic treatment approach. Aromatherapy offers diverse physical and psychological benefits, depending on the essential oil or oil combination and method of application used.
Muscle Relaxation Techniques
Muscle relaxation techniques are a simple way of getting in touch with your body and gently releasing tension from your muscles. This is done through a variety of breathing and meditation exercises. Through techniques such as meditation, biofeedback, and progressive muscle relaxation you can reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and tension, activate relaxation response and enhance your sense of well-being.
What to Expect
First-time patients are asked to complete a patient history form in advance and bring all their medical records with them. A comprehensive evaluation takes place based on the medical history and physical findings. Then, a specific treatment plan is suggested and discussed.
During the first session, children may receive their first treatment, along with techniques to try at home. An initial consultation will usually last 45-60 minutes. Please note that it may take 6-8 clinic visits to see if a particular therapy is working for your child or to make adjustments to a therapy plan.
Consultation is available for new patients and outpatients. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (801) 213-3599.
About Lynn Gershan, MD
Lynn Gershan, MD, is a graduate of McGill University Faculty of Medicine. She is a board-certified physician in both pediatrics and medical acupuncture. Dr. Gershan has provided care for infants and children for more than 20 years. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah and is in the Division of Inpatient Medicine at Primary Children's Medical Center. As the Medical Director of the Pediatric Integrative Medicine Program, she combines traditional medicine with complimentary methods to provide holistic treatment plans for children. Her specific areas of interest are the use of acupressure/acupuncture, Shoni-shin, medical aromatherapy, muscle relaxation and breathing techniques in the pediatric population.
The core principles of Integrative Medicine are:
- To provide a partnership between patient and practitioner in the healing process.
- To provide safe and appropriate use of conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body's innate healing response.
- To consider many factors that influence health, wellness and disease, including mind, body, spirit and community.
- To recognize that good medicine should be based in good science, be inquiry driven, and be open to new paradigms.
- To use natural, effective, less-invasive interventions when possible
- The University of Utah's Pediatric Integrative Medicine program webpage
- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has additional resources and information on complementary and integrative medicine. Visit their website