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Toledo last year found a similar trend
When Jan Young, a Toledo Hospital
nurse, polled patients at the hospital's
W.W. Knight Family Practice Center
for two weeks, she found that 39.4 per
cent of adults said they had tried some
kind of alternative treatment, including
hypnosis, herbal medicine, spiritual
healing, folk remedies, and lifestyle
Only 22 per cent of them, however,
had told their doctors they were doing
A wide spectrum of alternative
treatments are available in northwest
Ohio, from the well-known therapies
like acupuncture, chiropractic, and
vitamin therapy, to practices some
people may already be doing without
being aware of their health effects, such
as yoga and meditation, to lesser
known techniques, like biofeedback
and healing touch.
Some of the practices are based on
Healing touch, for example, works
on a person's energy field, what
Chinese medicine calls "chi."
BLADE PHOTO BY DON SIMMONS
Practitioners say disruptions or
blockages in the field lead to illness. Dr. Elizabeth Chen Christenson treats an acupuncture patient.
"You have to keep the energy freely Dr. Elkhatib, an internist and she offers patients a combination of
flowing so the body's own healing chairman of the newly formed Ad- western and eastern medicine.
processes can work," said Artemis visory Board on Alternative Medicine, The main difference between the
Gross, a registered nurse who practices a local group of doctors, nurses, and two is that western medicine focuses on
healing touch and teaches it at researchers promoting education about fixing symptoms whereas eastern
Riverside Hospital. complementary techniques, said medicine looks for the underlying
In healing touch, the practitioner western medicine needs to think more causes of illness and tries to support the
passes her hands a few inches above broadly about what constitutes "proof" body's own healing mechanisms. In this
the patient's body (despite the name, that a technique works. context, illness is believed to occur
there is no touch involved, and unlike "The scientific method is great, and when those mechanisms become
in massage, the patient remains it has served us well for 300 years. But impaired. Restore them, and you
clothed). there are so many things that, strengthen the body's ability to take
She appears to smooth the field like a according to our current knowledge, care of itself.
chambermaid smoothing wrinkles out we can't fit into the scientific method, Most important in this approach, Dr.
of a sheet. Then she flicks her fingers like spiritual practices, and prayer, Christenson said, is to treat patients
as if getting rid of excess water. positive thinking. There is no way you holistically, to look at the whole person
When she feels a blockage, she holds can quantify the effects under the sci- — his physical, mental, emotional, and
her hands above it to get the energy entific method," he said. spiritual conditions, as well as his
flowing again. Dr. Elizabeth Chen Christenson is a chemical and nutritional makeups, all
Penny Horsely, of Toledo, who heard pathologist who started studying of which contribute to health.
about healing touch from a friend at acupuncture after hearing a lecture
church, uses it to relieve pain in her about it at the Medical College of Ohio "Changing Concepts in Health and
knee, which has been operated on six while she was doing a family practice Healing" is open to the public. Dr.
times. residency at Mercy Hospital. Eisenberg's speech at the Franciscan
Many critics reject alternative After studying acupuncture at the Center Thursday, 7 to 8:30 p.m., is
medicine because few of the practices University of California at Los free. The conference itself, at the
have undergone the types of rigorous Angeles, Dr. Christenson returned to Holiday Inn French Quarter in
trials that have given the stamp of Perrysburg all day Friday. costs $65.
Toledo to set up the CHI Medical
approval to conventional treatments, Center (Comprehensive Health
like drugs and surgical procedures. Innovations) in Maumee, where