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June 20th, 2010 - By Erika Rose
The term “natural medicine” can mean many things. It may be chiropractics, acupuncture, herbal remedies, dietary supplements, massage or Reiki, among others.
The way Dr. Michael Foreit, a board-certified family health practitioner, puts it, “It is the entire array. It’s your body, your soul. It’s whatever you want to integrate into your life that helps you feel better.”
Foreit, who practices at the Comprehensive Care Clinic in Gary, says his education in Western medicine and belief that the body has some natural ability to recover, makes him and his osteopathic colleagues less likely to send everyone directly to an imaging unit and more likely to offer an alternative approach.
As one example, Foreit says structural alignment has a lot to do with the function of the body, leading him in many cases to turn to manipulation tactics first. He says this is most often the case with back pain and headaches.
However, Foreit says there are some symptoms for which people should immediately go the conventional route. Examples include a change in or loss of motor function or loss of bowel or bladder control, which need quick surgical intervention, but these scenarios are rare.
June 19th, 2010 - By Steven Longenecker
Naturopath Anna Coniglio credits her mother’s battle with lymphoma for introducing her to a more natural lifestyle—as well as sparking a passion for natural medicine that has given her the ability to change lives for the better.
In 2005, Anna graduated from Clayton College of Natural Health with the degree of Doctor of Naturopathy and afterwards opened her practice in Schererville, Indiana.
Q: Can you tell me a bit more about natural medicine? A naturopathic approach to health focuses on identifying the underlying cause of a condition and correcting it, rather than treating a specific disease. Instead of prescribing pharmaceuticals for a health condition, we use natural therapies, which are individualized for each person’s need.
June 16th, 2010 - By Marisa Kwiatkowski and Bowdeya Tweh
Definition: Tiny needles are inserted into specific areas on the body to stimulate blood and oxygen circulation, and nervous system and organ function.
History: Acupuncture is a treatment under traditional Chinese medicine, a practice that dates back at least 4,000 years. Chinese medicine—which also includes the use of herbs, massage, diet, exercise and stress reduction—is used both to prevent illness and restore health.
What it is used to treat: A multitude of symptoms, including respiratory, gastrointestinal and gynecological problems, bloating, acid reflux, menopause symptoms, asthma, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety and infertility.
May 16th, 2010 - By Louisa Murzyn
Acupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese medicine Craig Singer works on patient Chris Grygiel during a therapy session. (Photograph by Kyle Telechan/The Times.)
Craig Singer had long-standing health conditions such as attention deficit disorder, anxiety, insomnia and other issues that conventional medical treatments were actually exacerbating.
“I had high blood pressure even though I cycled 200 miles per week and ate well,” said the 40-year-old New York native who now lives in Chicago.
“Acupuncture worked so well within a couple of months I went off my medications and everything was normal. So I quit my teaching job to pursue this. It didn’t hit me like a lightning bolt. It was more subtle than that. It was more like a whimper. I was calm and even-keeled, feeling very connected and whole. It was overwhelming but it was a calm, lucid decision.”
September 9th, 2009 - By Megan K. Scott, Associated Press Writer
In this economy, we could probably all use a little pampering: a massage, a facial, a pedicure. Perhaps a nice soak in a hot whirlpool.
The spa, new figures show, is one thing we’re not giving up, even if it means opting for a cheaper experience and fewer treatments.
In June, 46 percent of the 3,200 members of the International SPA Association reported an increase in the number of shorter treatments of 30 minutes or less, and close to half reported a decrease in the amount spent per visit compared with the same time last year.