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Elaine Ingham’s manifesto: Let your garden’s wisdom guide your gardening and your life

“We need to educate people to understand that plants can, indeed, take care of themselves without people getting in the way,” asserts Elaine Ingham, an iconic figure in organic farming and a world-renowned soil microbiologist who is returning to Western North Carolina for two upcoming engagements later this week.

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Stone medicine offers the healing power of the earth

“Stones are truly as fundamental as it gets,” says Sarah Thomas, owner of Clarity Acupuncture and Clarity Stone Medicine, who has been studying Chinese medicine and the applications of stones in healing for the past eight years. “Indigenous cultures of the past such as the Taoists and Native Americans realized that everything in nature had a purpose […]

Gary Sizer, Asheville resident, hiked 2,185.3 miles from Georgia to Maine in 2014. The Appalachian Trail took him 153 days to complete. All photos courtesy of Gary Sizer

Tales from the Trail: Walking Appalachia from Georgia to Maine

Since its initial construction in 1937, 15,524 people are said to have completed the thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail — “2,000-milers,” they’re called. Inspiration behind embarking on such a physically and mentally challenging journey varies from person to person, but deep down it satiates core human needs for renewal and a reconnection with nature.

Heart healthy: triglyceride screenings were part of the free heart health expo held at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore.

Women at risk for cardiovasc­ular disease now more than ever before

Park Ridge Health wants people to know that heart health isn’t just a concern for geriatrics. “Our focus today is targeting younger women with education,” said Maya Kommimeni, MD, of the cardiology unit at Park Ridge Health. “Heart disease is becoming a larger problem with younger women due to diabetes and obesity.” In observance of […]

Wellness survey reports mind-body treatments

Our survey results about mind-body medicine show that 76 percent of respondents provide mind-body therapies. Respondents report a wide variety of mind-body therapies used in their practices. The most frequently provided therapies are shown below. Meditation is the most frequently provided mind-body therapy, followed by mental health, energy work and yoga. Meditation is a good example […]

GOOD STEPS: Danny and Katherine Dreyer founded ChiWalking/Running, an Asheville-based, international movement that helps runners and walkers apply mindfulness approaches and science to their practice. Photo courtesy of ChiRunning

Global ChiRunning springs forth from Asheville headquarte­rs

The world headquarters for ChiWalking/Running occupy a quaint two-story house adjacent to Interstate 240 in downtown Asheville. “People think we’re a $5 million or $10 million business. We’ve had people come from other countries and they’re like, ‘This is it?’” says Katherine Dreyer, co-founder and CEO of ChiRunning. Danny Dreyer, her husband and ChiRunning co-founder […]

NARRATIVE BETWEEN MIND AND BRAIN: "When people go through our program, they remember better, sleep better and focus better," says Dr. Michael Trayford. Photo courtesy of Apex Brain Center

Neurofeedb­ack and other brain training exercises are yoga for the brain

After a traumatic car accident left her with nightmares and chronic pain, “Donna,” a 36-year-old Asheville mental health counselor, started taking medication to help her sleep. “I would try to go a day or two without [sleep meds], and I would get so sleep-deprived I couldn’t function,” says Donna. Donna had been taking Adderall for attention deficit hyperactivity […]

OPENING THE WAY: “What we've done is given you a chance to re-use a pathway in the brain that was good, and it starts to open other healthy pathways,” says Michelle Payton of hypnosis' power for healing.

Hypnosis for well-being benefits both mind and body

You are getting sleepy … very sleepy. This Hollywood hypnosis cliché — complete with a swaying pocketwatch dangling in front of a paralyzed rube — couldn’t be further from the truth. Asheville-area practitioners say facilitating well-being through hypnosis is a very real way to deal with emotional and even physical pain. Michelle Payton, founder of […]

WIDE ANGLE: "You can't just talk about symptoms. You have to go beyond symptoms to know a person more in depth," says Mary "Cissy" Majebe, president of Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Montford. Photo by Tim Robison

Chinese medicine encompasse­s mind, body and spirit

In the health and wellness world, “mind-body connection” has become something of a buzzword. But in Chinese medicine, understanding the relationship between psychology and physiology is ancient — not trendy. Mary “Cissy” Majebe, president of Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Montford, puts it this way: “From a Chinese medicine perspective, there’s really not […]

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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 […]