When I first walk into his office, Abbas Rakhshani offers me a warm, generous hug. “Hugging communicates and transfers energy,” he says. I immediately feel comforted by his calm, compassionate presence. And by the end our interview, I feel like I’ve had a healing session myself. Rakhshani opened the Yoga Wellness Center in South Asheville […]
Local writer Dennis Teal-Fleming calls himself a “modern medicine junkie.” However, his neighbors’ faith in alternative medicine inspire him to strike up a conversation with his doctor at Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville about the different ways her patients achieve health and well-being.
Much of the practical integration of medicine is happening at clinics, where individual doctors simply make up their minds to try a new approach. (Pictured: Drs. Brian Lewis and Chad Krisel; photo by Max Cooper)
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.
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. […]
When it comes to health care, it’s all about knowing where to look, according to members of the Sassafras Health Collective. The collective recently published a health resource guide to help folks know their health care options, whether it’s acupuncture or primary care.
Warren Wilson hosts a weekend of collaboration, brainstorming, environmental advocacy and education, with a team of experts, including James Duke, author of The Green Pharmacy. April 17-19. $65.