Integrative Medicine | Departments & Services

Since 1997 Hartford Hospital has been translating a new philosophy that integrates complementary therapies into Western medical practice to improve care and healing.

We are committed to providing the most appropriate and effective complementary treatments to patients and families, staff, and the community. This integrative philosophy is a better way of healing.


  • Acupuncture

    The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities and promotes physical and emotional well being.

  • ART for Healing

    This program allows patients to express themselves and process their hospital experience in a creative way. Creativity through art is a process that connects our inner selves with life’s experiences. It can be a soothing and stress-reducing way to promote wellness.

  • Guided Imagery

    Helping others to direct their imaginations and daydreams to a greater awareness of their overall health and well-being has been increasingly established by research to demonstrate a positive impact in the healing process.

  • Massage Therapy

    Therapeutic Massage is the mobilization of soft tissue using effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, compression, vibration, stretching, superficial hot and cold applications, topical applications that involves movement either by hand, forearm, elbow, or foot.

  • Physician and APRN Consultations

    Consultation visits include comprehensive health histories and review of diet, nutritional supplementation, exercise, stress management, sleep and overall lifestyle.

  • Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster

    The program, which consists of Peggy Huddleston's book "Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster", and a companion relaxation CD/tape, helps patients become a more active participant in their healing process.

  • Reiki Therapy

    Reiki is a Japanese touch therapy that can promote healing. The technique is based on the idea that everything in the universe is made up of energy and this life force energy flows around us and through us nourishing our cells, organs, and glands.

  • Therapeutic Touch

    Therapeutic Touch (TT) is a modern therapy with its origin in several ancient healing practices. It was developed in the early 1970s by the late Dora Kunz, a natural healer, and Dolores Krieger, RN Ph.D., Professor Emerita at NYU.

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