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Center for Integrative Health and Wellness

IntegrativeHealth-Wellnessgraphic.jpg The Ohio State University Center for Integrative Health and Wellness (CIHW) improves human lives through innovative integrative healthcare, education, research and community engagement.


Integrative care is personalized, participatory, relationship-based care, promoting optimal health. It emphasizes healing of the whole person to achieve each individual’s unique physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and social health goals. The primary therapies used to achieve these goals are healthy habits (nutrition, activity, sleep, mindful self-care and fellowship) in a healthy habitat (social, natural and built environment). Integrative healthcare skillfully uses the best of both conventional and complementary strategies to attain patients' health goals.


Whereas conventional care tends to focus on preventing and treating diseases, integrative care also fosters flourishing human health.

Examples of Common Health Goals for Human Flourishing​​

Physical Comfort and sense of ease Vigor, vitality Strong immunity
Emotional Cheerfulness Calm, confidence Resilience to stress
Mental Clarity, insight Focus, awareness Good memory
Spiritual Wisdom Compassion, love Forgiveness
Social Nurturing fellowship Generosity Harmonious relationship
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