Holistic Nutrition is a health care approach for developing wellness and optimum health; it emphasizes a balanced approach to nutrition that takes into account the value of making healthy choices for enhancing the integration of all aspects of our being. Dr. Durana uses western and Chinese ideas of healthy nutritional choices along with life and wellness coaching to help you develop:
- A simple step by step plan
- Ways to learn to listen to your body and mind’s wisdom in making better health choices
- Awareness of how to overcome obstacles to good nutritional choices
- A greater level of energy, better mood, and a clearer mind
The following information is adapted from the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
People around the world have relied on Oriental Medicine for thousands of years. There are many colleges, both in the U.S. and abroad, with excellent Chinese herbal medicine programs. In the U.S., Chinese herbal practitioners are usually licensed as acupuncturists, but practicing herbalists are becoming more and more common in a number of states.
In seeking a qualified herbalist, look for a practitioner who is comprehensively trained in Chinese herbal medicine. While many states require that all licensed acupuncturists be trained and tested in Chinese herbal medicine, others do not.
Chinese herbalists are tested and certified by the NCCAOM in Chinese herbal medicine. A patient should ask practitioners about their training and experience in Chinese herbal medicine.
Modern research and international health organizations agree that herbal medicine is a safe and highly affective treatment for many conditions, including:
- Breathing problems: colds, flu, allergies, asthma, emphysema, sinusitis, and bronchitis
- Emotional issues: anxiety, depression, insomnia, and mood swings
- Digestive difficulties: acute/chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastritis ulcers, and irritable bowel syndrome.
- Bladder problems: urinary tract infections, and prostatitis
- Reproductive issues: irregular/painful menstruation, infertility, PMS, menopausal symptoms, and sexual dysfunction
- Pain: neuralgia, migraine headaches, dizziness, low back, neck and shoulder pain
- Circulatory problems: hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis, anemia
- Supportive therapy: painful, debilitating disorders such as hepatitis, fibromyalgia, and auto-immune disease.
“Traditional Chinese medicine has been chosen by the World Health Organization for worldwide propagation to meet the health care needs of the twenty-first century.” – Burton Goldberg, Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide
“One out of three drugs prescribed in Germany is an herb.”- Donald J. Brown, N.D. The Use of Herbal Medicine in a Clinical Setting
“In 1993, Americans spent an estimated $1.5 billion on herbal remedies – ten times more than was spent on over-the-counter sleeping pills from grocery stores and drug stores.”- Bill Gottlieb, New Choices in Natural Healing
The AOMLAlliance is a membership association committed to improving public health through acupuncture and Oriental medicine. For more information,http://www.aaaomonline.org/.