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Survey shows local support for integrativ­e care

  In order to assess the state of integrative and mind-body medicine in the Asheville area, Xpress invited health care professionals in the Asheville area to participate in a survey about their approaches to treatment. Of fifty-one respondents, half were individual health care providers. Other respondents listed themselves as clinics or health centers, hospitals, or educational […]

What are the health insurance options for mind, body and spirit?

If you seek nontraditional health care, such as integrative or complementary approaches, does insurance cover it? Although the vast majority of such services are paid out of pocket, there are some exceptions and signs of change for the future. “I know that there is a trend in that direction, when you’re talking about integrative medicine […]

COMPLEMENTARY HEALING: More and patients look beyond traditional Western medicine or seek complementary care. Acupuncturist Nancy Hyton says that many patients have been referred by the doctors —  "People come to us because they've exhausted their conventional medical options or they've reached a plateau." Photo by Tim Robison

Local practition­ers explore medicine’s new frontier

Brian Lewis’ quest for a different kind of medicine began in medical school, where he received a grant to study healing methodologies from the Himalayas and Tibet. He later co-founded a student group on integrative medicine. Lewis, a physician at Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville, says he came to realize that “without treating the whole person, you [can] not do […]

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Treating the whole person: integrativ­e medicine in the Asheville area

Holistic medicine aims to treat the whole person, not just diseases and their symptoms. There is a growing awareness among practitioners — both traditional and alternative — that healing can be brought about or accelerated by involving all aspects of a person — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. In back-to-back Wellness issues, Xpress looks at two different aspects of […]

HEALING SPACE: “The body follows the mind," says Linda Silwedel, a holistic resource nurse in the Mission Health's cancer program, of integrative approaches. Massage, for example, helps patients come "back to that nice, wonderful relaxed state, and that allows the body to heal more effectively and work with the cancer treatment plan so much better."  (Pictured: Silwedel and Kimberly Christenso; photo by Cindy Kunst)

Local providers increase use of nontraditi­onal treatments

In this town, if you haven’t had an acupuncture appointment, massage, energy-healing session or herbal consultation, it’s more than likely you know someone who has. Modalities that were once thought of as hokey, or at least incompatible with the Western medical model, are becoming less alternative and more mainstream — so much so that Mission Hospital, Park […]

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Superbowl XLIX companion: a game day guide to Asheville’s cheap booze, good eats and big screens

While nacho stains are certainly more socially acceptable in the comforts of one’s own home, why not venture out for some game day antics this year? Super Bowl XLIX, New England Patriots versus Seattle Seahawks, kicks off Sunday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m., and Asheville-area businesses have planned a variety of celebrations to suit your football fancy.

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Conscious Party: Get a move on

WHAT: Nia Fitness Fundraiser Jam WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. WHERE: Henderson County Athletics and Activity Center, 708 S. Grove St., Hendersonville WHY: Millions of children in this country qualify for free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the National School Lunch and National School Breakfast Programs. But what happens when these same […]

HANDS OFF/ON: Therapeutic touch applies "the energy in our hands, minds and intentions to support healing," says Padma Dyvine, a nurse who uses the method. (photo by Emily Nichols)

Therapeuti­c touch offers an energy-based approach to mind-body healing

Touch has the power to heal, or at the very least to soothe us when we’re not feeling well. In Asheville, several practitioners apply this power, using a method of therapeutic touch created in the 1970s by Dora Kunz and Delores Krieger. “We are energy fields,” says Padma Dyvine, an Asheville-based practitioner for more than 20 years […]