Complementary care combines the best of alternative therapies — such as acupuncture, massage, meditation, herbs and nutrition — with conventional medicine to promote good health and treat illness.
Generally, alternative medicine is defined as treatments used in place of conventional medicine, while complementary medicine involves alternative practices used together with conventional medicine. A third category, called integrative medicine, combines mainstream medical treatments with alternative therapies that have been studied and determined to be safe and effective.
At the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, located at UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion, our doctors, nurses and therapists use these tested practices to address the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of health care. Our team includes specialists in women's health, cancer, chronic pain, repetitive strain injury, headaches, cardiac disease, nutrition and healthy living.
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
1545 Divisadero St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-7700
Fax: (415) 353-7358
Monday and Tuesday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday and Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
This clinic uses UCSF MyChart, an online patient service. Message your provider, request medication refills, view some test results and more.
The Tomoye Takahashi Japanese Meditative Garden is a space of calm
and tranquility for patients, families and health care practitioners.
The garden is on the fourth floor of UCSF's Osher Building, made possible with support by the Bernard Osher Foundation. The Osher foundation donated the property and jointly funded construction with UC.
The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine is located on the fourth and fifth floors of the building. The third floor is shared with UCSF General Internal Medicine, which also occupies the first and second floors.
For more information about the garden, call the Osher Center at
Public parking is available in two parking garages near our Mount Zion campus. One is at 1635 Divisadero St. and the other at 2420 Sutter St. Entrances to both garages are on Sutter Street, between Divisadero and Broderick streets.
The 1635 Divisadero St. garage is open from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday, and closed on weekends and major holidays. The rate is $2 each 20 minutes with a $28 daily maximum.
For more information about parking in the 1635 Divisadero St. garage, call (415) 441-5408 or visit www.1635divisaderogarage.com.
The 2420 Sutter St. garage is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Friday, and closed on weekends and UCSF holidays. The rate is $6 an hour with a $30 daily maximum. Those with a valid disabled placard receive a daily maximum rate of $12.
For more information about parking in the 2420 Sutter St. garage, call (415) 514-8935.
Other public parking garages are available nearby.
Metered street parking is rarely available.
UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion is accessible via the following Muni bus routes:
The No. 1 California bus route stops at the corner of California and Divisadero streets, which is three blocks north of Mount Zion.
For more information about Muni, visit www.sfmuni.com.
* Wheelchair accessible bus routes
Free UCSF shuttles travel between the Parnassus and Mount Zion campuses as well as other UCSF locations.
For more information about UCSF transportation, please call (415) 476-1511.