Holistic health care provides alternative to traditional medicine

By: Amy Lipman Email
By: Amy Lipman Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. As the face of healthcare changes rapidly in the coming months, the practice is also transforming with the growing popularity of holistic medicine.

"They’re getting bigger and bigger results," said Barbara Hampton, an ortho-bionomist. "We’re going to see a lot of people walking around, feeling so much better."

Saturday's Mind, Body and Spirit Health Festival provided an opportunity for locals to find alternatives to their traditional doctor.

"I'm right now on medicine that my doctor gave me for pain in my back and it's restricting my functions because I'm not able to drive because I'm too dizzy," said Mary Hill, who attended the fair.

Hill is searching for another way to manage her back pain, so she can resume her life without the medicine. She tried out bowen therapy, a gentle technique that helps the body self-correct, and said she will continue with it.

"It was less invasive and less painful and I felt some reactions, which was really good," Hill said.

Another holistic option presented at the fair was ortho-bionomy, which experts said can relieve a wide variety of ailments without the issues medicine can present.

"If you’re going to take medication you’re going to have side effects, but with ortho-bionomy the only side effects you’re going to have are pain relief," Hampton said.

Many holistic techniques are not covered under health insurance right now, but those in the field said fairs like Saturday's continue to raise awareness of alternative medicine, which will, in turn, influence insurance companies to make changes.

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