Integrative Health Resources

Caring for a child with any illness or injury can be overwhelming. To help you find answers to your questions and feel confident with the care you’re providing your child, we’ve created the following list of health resources. We hope they can help make this time in your family’s life a bit easier.
Title screen from Therapeutic Breathwork series

Learn more about various therapeutic breathing techniques by the Integrative Health Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Educational Materials

Acupuncture is a therapy that is believed to use the body’s natural healing ability to reduce pain and improve functioning. This handout explains how acupuncture works, what conditions can be treated with acupuncture, what to expect during and after treatment, and much more.

An anti-inflammatory diet includes a list of foods that can help counteract chronic inflammation in children. It provides the type of food, quantity and frequency per day/week.

Learn about the health benefits of the anti-inflammatory diet and how it can be a source of calories and fat, protein, calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin D.


Podcasts

This episode explores the origins, health benefits, and uses of the anti-inflammatory diet with Dr. Mascarenhas. She discusses the data-based origins of the diet; foods to focus on, including a sample menu for kids; and how the diet can help improve outcomes and health.

This pediatric podcast talks about the benefits and dangers of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It also explores the use of food to prevent and treat several medical conditions; what we should do with conflicting food advice; and how to think critically about the latest diet fad or nutritional product.

In this podcast episode produced by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Mascarenhas defines a modern approach to integrative health and how it can play a complementary role in primary care. She discusses the three categories of integrative health as designated by the NIH, how primary care providers can stay up to date on new integrative therapies, and current services offered at CHOP.


Videos

Screenshot of Anti-inflammatory recipes video

Find anti-inflammatory recipes developed by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Drexel University. 

Focused Breathing Music

Watch this video for tips on breathing and meditation, set to relaxing music.

Explaining the Process

Watch this video for an overview on the process for therapeutic caring touch techniques.

Grounding Imagery Music

Watch this video for tips on how to focus, relax and ground yourself.