Try These Natural Tricks to Fall Asleep More Easily

Seeing a physician for help with your sleeping problems?  You might want to try complementary medicine as another way to help you get back to restful slumber. Complementary medicine refers to forms of non-invasive therapies that a patient can use alongside conventional Western medicine. Nearly 40 percent of Americans use this approach for specific conditions or overall well-being, says the National Institutes of Health (NIH). … Read More

Recipe: Sweet Potato Hummus

This sweet potato hummus contains no fat and is a tasty treat. Even kids love it! Dip whole-wheat pita chips in it, or use it instead of mayo as a sandwich spread. Ingredients 1 18-ounce sweet potato, baked, with skin removed 1 (4-ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained, with blackened skin removed 3 tablespoons lemon … Read More

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Acupuncture for Kids

Acupuncture has surprising advantages for kids with health problems. One of the biggest? Few side effects. “A lot of kids are medication-sensitive, and acupuncture doesn’t have the side effects of medication,” explains Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Benjamin Katholi, MD. Another advantage is fewer doctor visits. “We can address multiple symptoms … Read More

Reiki Therapy: What You Need to Know

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a complementary natural healing technique that originated in Tibet. In the early 20th century, a Japanese Buddhist, Dr. Mikao Usui, rediscovered Reiki. Today, this healing therapy is offered by certified Reiki practitioners who trained under Reiki Masters. Below, Cleveland Clinic Center for Integrative Medicine Reiki practitioner Vickie Bodner, LMT, answers common questions about … Read More

An Alternative Approach to Weight Loss

Contributor: Jennifer Dudich, LISW-S, CHT, RYT If you have ever experienced yo-yo dieting, you know how frustrating it can be. Cleveland Clinic Center for Integrative Medicine specialists believe that you can release unwanted weight for good without “going on a diet.” In the center’s new TRIM-LIFE® Program, participants learn to: Develop a new relationship with food Reduce … Read More

Recipe: Chocolatini Cocktail

This drink has a secret ingredient: walnuts. Walnuts are chock full of nutrients and a rich source of protein. You’ll get about 90 percent of your recommended daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids just by eating 1 ounce (1/4 cup) of walnuts. Omega-3 fatty acids promote heart and joint health, and aid memory. Walnuts are … Read More

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5 Myths About Massage Therapy

How long have people been enjoying massages? Try centuries! Evidence can be found in Egyptian tombs and ancient Chinese medical texts. Today’s massage therapists manipulate tissue to achieve deep relaxation and to promote healing. Applying skillful touch and pressure, they help treat injuries and health problems. Massage therapy can also prevent injury and enhance wellness. … Read More

7 Ways to Minimize Holiday Stress

Contributor: Christine Spiroch, PhD, PA-C, Integrative Medicine Specialist The holidays are happy, joyful times for many of us.  For others, however, the November and December holidays cause significant stress. Reasons include: Spending more — or less — time with our families Gift-giving and receiving Having more opportunities to be around food Lifestyle changes may not … Read More