INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE

Integrated medicine combines clinical treatments, such as acupuncture, massage therapy, and herbal medicine, with complementary therapies like tai chi, yoga, meditation, biofeedback, qigong, and nutrition. Instead of treating symptoms, the goal is to create healthy systems where diseases cannot take hold or flourish. Clinical treatments are by appointment and usually involve an initial assessment to determine your needs and the best treatment program to address them. Classes are free and open to veterans, service members, and their families. See the Upcoming Events listing at right for classes and times.

CLINICAL TREATMENTS


Acupuncture
Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely fine needles into one’s skin at strategic points, or meridians. Practiced in China for thousands of years, acupuncture is believed to unblock and balance the flow of vital energy — known as “qi” (pronounced “chee”) — believed to flow through the body. In Western practice, acupuncture is often seen as a method to stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue, which can boost the body’s natural responses and increase blow flow. While the idea of needles being placed in the skin concerns some, acupuncture needles in fact produce little or no pain when administered by a licensed practitioner.

Massage Therapy
Like acupuncture, therapeutic massage has been around for millennia. Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance function, aid in the healing process, and promote relaxation and well-being. It is widely accepted as beneficial in physical rehabilitation, stress relief, and as a treatment for a wide variety of conditions.

Chinese Herbal Medicine
Herbal therapy is an integral part of Chinese culture and medical practice, accounting for the majority of treatments administered in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Hundreds of ingredients and thousands of recipes are in the toolbox of herbal practitioner, each with a long and documented history of how they should be administered. As a natural alternative to the synthetic compounds found in Western pharmaceuticals, Chinese herbal medicine offers treatments with few if any side effects and no mood-altering aftereffects that many drugs being prescribed to veterans can have.

MOVEMENT, MEDITATION and NUTRITION



Tai Chi
This ancient exercise with roots in martial arts training uses gentle, relaxed, and continuous movement to connect the mind and body, reduce stress, and promote overall health. A great class for beginners.

Qigong
Qigong is a Chinese healthcare practice that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intentions. Similar to tai chi, it’s typically more physically demanding, though it can be adapted to almost any ability.

Yoga
While Tai Chi and Qigong emphasize continuous movement through set forms, the Hindu discipline of yoga combines meditation, postures, and controlled breathing techniques that emphasize holding the forms and remaining still between transitions.

Meditation
Learn the basics of mindful meditation, an ancient practice that is gaining more and more acceptance among Western scientists for its effectiveness in reducing stress and anxiety, improving focus and attention span, and alleviating pain.

Nutrition
What we put into our bodies plays an important role in overall health. When combined with clinical treatments and mind-body therapies, nutrition classes and counseling can help maximize the health benefits of these activities and put you on the path to a healthier life.