Letter writer: ‘Stone medicine’ in recent article isn’t backed up with science

I realize that the Mountain Xpress has a mission to publish “alternative” information which is often excluded from more mainstream media outlets. Yet the article in the latest issue on stone healing [“Stone Medicine: Healing Power From the Earth,” Feb. 18, Xpress] is so over the top in its claims of healing efficacy that I had to […]

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 […]

Common ground: Convention­al, alternativ­e medicine meet in the middle

Asheville is the health care hub for Western North Carolina, and Mission Health is a major presence, dominating a swath of town that’s thick with doctor's offices. Since 2009, however, this bastion of mainstream medicine has boasted an Integrative Healthcare Department whose staff includes nurses trained in aromatherapy, massage, guided imagery and biofeedback.

Painter, instructor: Patricia James follows along as Michael Davis demonstrates a move during his free weekly tai chi class for Asheville Terrace Apartments residents.

Slow and steady

Every Thursday at 4 p.m., Michael Davis swaps the white cotton maintenance uniform with his last name stitched on the chest for a silky jacket with a dragon embroidered on the back. Then he hurries to the activity room at the Asheville Terrace Apartments on Tunnel Road, where he teaches a one-hour tai chi class. […]