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Major Houston Hospital now offering holistic approach to healthcare

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The massage being performed in this hospital bed is not like a traditional full body massage you'd get at a salon.

"It's more focused on back, shoulders those type of areas," says Linda Cole, program manager for St. Lukes' integrative medicine program.

While a massage or acupuncture might not cure what ails you, officials at St. Lukes say holistic remedies can make some patients feel a lot better.

"Being in the hospital setting this is a very anxious time for patients," Cole said. "If we can help reduce that anxiety it helps them heal quicker."

For awhile now M.D. Anderson has been offering cancer patients alternative treatments like yoga and message therapy and acupuncture.

Now St. Lukes Medical Center is taking that a step further.

All patients no matter the diagnosis could end up with alternative treatments to compliment the traditional treatment they are receiving at the hospital.

"Once we have the physicians ok then we find out which therapy would be the most appropriate for that patient based on the disease," Cole said.

St. Lukes even allows patients to have one hour visits with their own dog or cat 7 days a week.

"It helps to bring the home environment into the hospital setting," Cole said.

While no one expects alternative medicine to take the place of traditional medical care St. Lukes says it's seeing positive results and as long as that continues they could end up expanding this program to all of it's hospitals.

""If we can improve that mind and spirit we can definitely help the body heal," Cole said.


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