CHOP’s Integrative Health Program was the featured beneficiary for the 2017 Daisy Days campaign. Integrative Health is a broad umbrella of ultimately data-driven therapies and practices guided by the understanding that there are multiple ways to approach wellness and disease.

Therapies such as meditation, yoga, acupuncture, Reiki, aromatherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, nutrition and diet can be used to complement treatment for patients with complex, chronic and serious conditions who are seen by gastroenterology, neurology, oncology, orthopaedics, rheumatology and other specialties.

“Integrated health combines traditional and alternative medicine with the goal of treating the whole child — the mind, body and soul,” says Maria R. Mascarenhas, MBBS, Medical Director of the Integrative Health Program. “It gives us new tools to fight disease, to combat pain, and to increase the health of a child.”

Efforts to treat the “whole child” have produced promising results, including decreased stress, faster healing and reduced need for medication and invasive therapies.

Meet Our Patients

Read the stories of children who benefited from CHOP’s Integrative Health Program.


After a brain tumor diagnosis, Quinn experienced anxiety and loss of confidence. Yoga sessions helped her cope.

Meet Quinn


Micaiah suffers from numerous food allergies, but a holistic treatment plan has eased his symptoms.

Meet Micaiah