Steven Rosenzweig MD
- Multifaceted integrative medicine specialist, board certified in emergency medicine, hospice and palliative care
- Founding medical and academic director of the Thomas Jefferson University Center of Integrative Medicine in Philadelphia
- Faculty advisor for Drexel University’s Health Outreach Project, which provides free medical clinics for Philadelphians
Steven Rosenzweig, MD, started his career as an attending physician and faculty for the emergency department for Jefferson University/Sydney Kimmel Medical College in Philadelphia. While with Jefferson he served as the founding medical and academic director of the Thomas Jefferson University Center for Integrative Medicine.
In 2007, Dr. Rosenzweig went into private practice and joined the teaching faculty of Drexel University’s College of Medicine as a professor of emergency medicine focusing on palliative care. At Drexel he serves as director of the office of community engagement and faculty advisor for the Health Outreach Project, which provides 12 free health clinics to Philadelphians. He is on the medical staff at Jefferson Abington Hospital in Abington, Pennsylvania.
In addition to his traditional medical training, Dr. Rosenzweig has studied anthroposophical medicine, a European-based system of integrative medicine; trained under Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, founder of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center’s Stress Reduction Clinic; completed the Stress Reduction Clinic’s teacher development intensive program; and obtained certification in interactive guided imagery through the Academy for Guided Imagery.
Nutrition and exercise
Most people know the importance of a well-balanced diet and regular exercise, but it can be challenging to always follow the best advice. Still, keeping a healthy weight and eating nutritious foods can help prevent illness and injury and improve your mood.
As you begin to move through or complete treatment, you may seek ways to lessen physical and emotional side effects. More and more people are adding complementary therapies to conventional treatment. They are adopting an integrative medicine approach to overall care.
Types of complementary therapy
There are many different types of complementary therapy, including body-based and energy, expressive art, diet/nutrition/exercise, and mind-body therapies.
Art therapy involves the use of visual arts to express emotions, communicate with others, build self-esteem and learn what is important to you. It is a type of expressive art therapy.
Writing that is used to release emotions, work through a difficult event or gain an understanding of what someone is feeling is often called expressive writing. Expressive writing can be part of talk therapy with a licensed therapist, an activity you do with a formal writing group or something you do on your own.
The goal of guided imagery is to shift your mood. Using a series of cues on your own or with a guide who helps you, you imagine sensations or visualize images that remind you of good feelings, happiness or calm.
During hypnosis, you enter a trance-like state with the goal of relaxing, reducing stress or anxiety, or controlling pain or hot flashes. Sometimes, it is offered to people who become anxious before surgery or other stressful medical procedures.
Massage is known to help reduce stress, anxiety and pain, and relieve tension. Research shows a cancer diagnosis and treatment can make it harder to relax and be calm.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
The most widely researched meditation program is called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction or MBSR. It combines a variety of techniques, including body scan, sitting meditation, and gentle and mindful yoga.