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America’s healthcare philosophy follows a particular way of diagnosing and treating afflictions. While these methods of treatment can be vital in many situations there are some ailments that can be addressed just as successfully with alternative medicine. Used in conjunction with traditional methods as well as alone, these treatments have been found to be beneficial for patients. Many alternative medicines can treat health problems less invasively than traditional “Western” medicine can, with a more natural method rendering the same result. “Western Medicine is a more rigid form of medicine. If an individual has a certain complaint, specific tests are used to establish or rule out a particular diagnosis. Generally speaking, it compartmentalizes the human body,” said Patricia Miller, licensed acupuncturist and physical therapist, and owner of Serenity Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Oak Park.  

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and treatments like acupuncture work to heal a person’s whole body system, looking at what the root of a problem is, then personalizing treatments that bring balance back to the body. “Western medicine excels in many areas including trauma, acute emergencies, and surgery. Chronic and many acute non life-threatening conditions respond exceptionally well to TCM,” according to Miller.

Many times, traditional Western medicine treats with prescription medications and more invasive methods, targeting certain points of the body, but TCM and other alternative medicine treat the body as a complete system, finding out which parts of the system are working correctly and which are not, working to correct the problem. A person may believe the cause of their health issues stem from a certain symptom they are having, but may not see an underlying problem. They may try many different types of treatment methods, coming up empty. “Historically, patients would try acupuncture because nothing else worked or Western medicine couldn’t find anything wrong with them. Thankfully, now the tide is turning and people are seeking acupuncture as their first treatment choice,” noted Miller.

For the past couple of years, Miller has also been intensely studying the use of acupuncture in treating fertility problems. Electroacupuncture, a fairly new advance in the field, uses clips to send electric pulses through the needles creating a tingling or buzzing. “Research has also shown that Electroacupuncture, when used at certain acupuncture points, increases blood flow to the ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes. This can be very helpful when working with women that have certain infertility diagnoses. I work with couples that are trying to conceive naturally and with those that are using some kind of Assisted Reproductive Therapy.”

Not only is acupuncture effective as a sole form of treatment, aiding in the flow of Qi (pronounced chee), other complementary treatments can be utilized to assist in healing. “For example, cupping is very effective for people that carry tension in their shoulders and upper back. It reduces muscle tension, headaches and migraines. Electroacupuncture (EA) can be very effective when treating pain conditions.” Cupping involves using a vacuum to attach a jar to the skin. This creates a warm sensation and helps to increase blood flow. Moxibustion is another type of accessory treatment. Holding a burning Chrysanthemum-like herb close to acupuncture points to warm the skin helps blood flow. Gua Sha uses a rounded instrument to massage points, improving circulation and the metabolic process. This type of accessory treatment is often helpful to alleviate respiratory problems and digestive ailments.

An alternative, homeopathic medical facility in Oak Park, Advanced Physical Medicine, offers therapeutic massage. This therapy can be very effective for those who have recently had surgery, suffered an injury or have overall tension from the stresses of life. Therapeutic massage increases blood flow and stimulates weak, strained muscles, also reducing blood pressure and enhancing the movement of lymph fluids, which helps the immune system to function more efficiently. “Advanced Physical Medicine utilizes various ways to evaluate the source of the problem. Using state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, we can better understand the human body as we correct the imbalances as it relates to structure and physique. We use gentle techniques to allow the body to return to its natural state,” said Dr. Ryan M. Rosenthal, D.C.

All these natural treatments work well in conjunction with changes in lifestyle, including an increase in exercise, a better diet and relieving stress. While labeled alternative medicine, these treatments are becoming more and more mainstream in America’s healthcare arena. “Our approach is a natural, holistic, alternative approach to traditional medicine. We offer our patients a variety of treatment options, as we understand that the same thing doesn’t work for everyone. We will tailor each treatment program according to the individual,” said Dr. Rosenthal. “All age groups can benefit from care. From the young to old, choosing how long you can benefit from care is always up to the patient.”

Holistic medicine has been a part of medical practices outside of the United States for a very long time and only recently have more and more people been choosing to be treated with these alternative methods. While these new views on health may take some getting used to, we can rest assured that these tried and true methods have been used for years and years and have brought excellent results to many people.

Holistic Healthcare Choices
Acupressure - Anxiety and panic attacks, asthma, back pain, circulation problems, constipation, fatigue, general pain, headaches, irritability, sleep disturbances, tension

Alexander Technique - Anxiety, circulatory disorders, breathing disorders, chronic muscle tension, depression, digestive disorders, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, neck, back, and joint pain, postural pain during pregnancy, stress and stress-related disorders

Aromatherapy - Acne, anxiety, bruises, burns, cellulite, concentration, dermatitis, digestive disorders, fatigue, fungal infections, grief, insomnia, moodiness, motion sickness, muscular pain, nausea, poor memory, psoriasis, stress, skin inflammation, respiratory conditions, stretch marks, varicose veins

Art Therapy - Alzheimer’s, addictions, anxiety, autism, bereavement, depression, eating disorders, learning and communication difficulties, mental and emotional problems, personal development, stress, weight management

Breath Therapy - Arthritis, cancer, colds, eczema, emotional problems, headaches, heart disease, high blood pressure, impotence, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), menopause symptoms, migraines, nervousness, pain, stress, substance abuse, ulcers, viruses

Color Therapy - Anxiety, asthma, behavior disorders, depression, immune system, insomnia and other sleep disorders, pain stress, surgery recovery 

Dance/Movement Therapy - Abuse Issues, addictions, autism, cardiovascular disease, digestive disorders, eating
disorders, headaches and migraines, hypertension, mental disorders, schizophrenia, severe depression, sleep disorders, substance abuse 

Dream Therapy - Physical and emotional disorders 

Gestalt Therapy - Anxiety, depression, neurological problems, psychological disorders in general, stress and stress-related disorders

Hypnotherapy - Arthritis, asthma, anxiety, back pain, burns, chronic fatigue syndrome, cystitis, circulatory problems, colitis, constipation, Crohn’s disease, diarrhea, endometriosis, frostbite, headache, high blood pressure, indigestion, inflamed muscles and joints, injured limbs, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), labor pains, menopause, peptic ulcers, PMS, skin problems, stress 

Jin Shin Jyutsu - Anxiety, appetite imbalances, chronic and acute pain, emotional problems reproductive difficulties, respiratory conditions, stress, stiff, spastic, or strained muscles and joints 

Kinesiology - Determines addictions, allergies, behavior patterns (identification and release), belief and behavior identification, bodily system functions, body circuit energy levels, dyslexia, emotional stress, fatigue, fears, food sensitivities, lack of self-worth, learning disabilities, nutritional needs, past association blocks, phobias, relationship issues, stress levels 

Kundalini Yoga - Balances the glandular system, clears the mind, detoxifies the lungs and bloodstream, enhances emotional balance, enhances intuition, helps deal with stressful life, improves circulation, increases a sense of well-being, strength, vitality and energy, overcomes addictive behavior, relaxes body and mind, strengthens immune system and nervous system

Laughter Therapy - Accelerates tissue healing, enhances deep breathing, enhances the immune system, prevents hypertension, promotes muscle relaxation, provides cardiac conditioning, reduces pain, reduces stress of hormones, stimulates digestion 

Light Therapy - Bulimia, early morning insomnia, irregular menstrual cycles, jet lag, lupus, night shift drowsiness, night time insomnia, non-seasonal depression, pain, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), skin disorders, stress related disorders, tendonitis

Massage Therapy - Loosens muscles, prevents muscles atrophy, promotes relaxation, greater flexibility, reduces pain, relieves insomnia, muscle swelling and tension, pain, stress, stimulates alertness

Meditation - Anxiety, asthma, breathing difficulties, cardiac rhythm irregularities, chronic pain, circulatory disorders, depression, headaches and migraines, high blood pressure, insomnia, muscular aches and pains, PMS, stress

Music Therapy - Adults and children of all ages, addictions, autism, behavioral difficulties , emotional issues, epilepsy, grief, hospice patients and caretakers, insomnia, learning disabilities, neurological disorders, pain, stress management

Nutritional Therapy - Chronic hyperventilation, developmental, behavioral and learning disorders, disorders of the digestion system, endocrine imbalances, environmental sensitivities, food allergies, food intolerance and other sensitivities, immune system dysfunction, musculoskeletal problems, toxicities, vitamin, mineral, fatty acid, and other deficiencies

Pilates - Counters the effects of stress, and aging, develops long, lean muscles, eliminates bad posture, enhances mental focus, helps prevent and heal injuries, improves concentration, physical performance, posture, balance, alignment, circulation and immune system, increases core strength, stability, flexibility, and endurance, reduces tension, relieves back and joint pain

Reflexology - Acute and chronic conditions, arthritis, back and neck pain, circulation disorders, depression, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, hormonal imbalances, migraine, muscle tension, pain, sinus congestion, sleep disorders, sports injuries, stress 

Reiki - Acute pain, acute infections, addiction, allergies, Alzheimer’s,  anxiety,  arthritis, asthma, back and neck pain, bone and muscle injuries, childbirth, chronic fatigue syndrome, circulation, colic, coma, diarrhea, headaches and migraines, hyperactivity in children, hypertension, infections, joint and tissue swelling, nausea, pain

Relaxation Therapy - Allergies, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, cancer, depression, digestive problems, heart problems, high and low blood pressure, insomnia, migraines, nausea and vomiting, pain, panic attacks, phobias, skin diseases, stress 

Shiatsu Massage - Anxiety, arthritis, asthma and bronchitis, back, neck, and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, chest infections, chronic fatigue syndrome, constipation, depression, diarrhea, digestive problems, emotional difficulties, fibromyalgia, headaches and migraines, insomnia, intestinal disorders, menstrual problems

Spiritual Healing (Prayer) - Acute and chronic pain, anxiety, mental or physical disorders, stroke

Tai Chi - Arthritis, back problems, depression, high blood pressure, loss of balance, obesity, post traumatic stress (PTS), rheumatism, stress, weakened immune system

Watsu - Acute and chronic pain, anxiety, depression, disorders relating to stress, headache and migraines, hypertension, insomnia, lack of muscle tone, neuromuscular disorders

Yoga - Aligns, tones, strengthens the body, calms and centers the mind, boosts circulation, brings inner peace, builds endurance, increases flexibility, increases vitality, reduces stress, strengthens the immune system, tones and stimulates the internal organs

Zero Balancing - Anxiety, physical and
mental pain, stress


Making time for Mommy
Devoted to enhancing, restoring and rejuvenating each patient’s natural beauty is Dr. Allan J. Parungao, MD, a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Parungao has been performing a variety of cosmetic plastic surgeries since 2001, with the most recently offered concept of the “Mommy Makeover.”

After pregnancy, most women experience a drastic change in their once youthful figures. Finding personal time is nearly impossible with family being the number one priority in life. Now mother’s everywhere can take that time and do something for themselves with the renowned procedures afforded through this makeover.

Tailored to each woman’s need, the makeover procedures include both surgical and non-surgical enhancements. Patients can choose surgical procedures including a breast lift or breast implants, a tummy tuck, liposuction and an eyelid lift or facelift. Non-surgical facial procedures are comprised of Juvederm and Restylane facial fillers, Botox Cosmetic and IDL Photofacials and Microdermabrasion.

The growing popularity of the Mommy Makeover plastic surgery procedures is evident through the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ current statistics—over 325,000 of these procedures were performed in 2006, which stands as an 11 percent growth between 2005 and 2006.

Proximity to Chicagoland’s Top Medical Centers
Those living within the Oak Park area are within easy reach of excellent medical resources. The Chicagoland hospitals are devoted to the spread of health awareness and wellness of each surrounding community served. Oak Park is home to two highly acclaimed healthcare facilities and has accessibility to several additional medical centers located in the surrounding area.

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Opening its doors in 1907, RUSH Oak Park Hospital hails as the first hospital to establish itself in the community. In addition to its affiliation with Wheaton Franciscan Health Care, the hospital came under the expert management of RUSH University Medical Center in 1997. The vast medical campus is comprised of the Center for Rehabilitation, the Breast Center, the Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Care, an Emergency Room and the RUSH Medical Office Building. Though the main hospital is situated within Oak Park, further off
campus practices of the RUSH Oak Park Physician’s Group are located in the Oak Park, Berwyn, Hillside, Elmwood Park and North Riverside communities.

Also positioned in the city is the West Suburban Medical Center, the largest employer in Oak Park with 1,721 employees, which includes approximately 325 physicians with expertise in more than 28 diverse specialties. Each year, over 12,300 patients receive care in the hospital and more than 52,000 visit the emergency room. West Suburban, part of Resurrection Health Care, performs over 2,800 inpatient and 4,450 outpatient procedures per year, as well as 150 open heart surgeries.

Gottleib Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park had its start in a single, four-story building in 1961. Now, the hospital sits on 36 acres and encompasses 250 beds and around 1,200 employees, with more than 300 physicians on the medical staff and nearly 200 volunteers. The healthcare provider is best known for its Level II Trauma Center, heartcare, oncology program, neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery, as well as the Gottleib Health and Fitness Center.

Chicago’s Loretto Hospital, a mere three miles from the center of Oak Park, serves residents spanning the Chicagoland area. The acute-care hospital provides patients with the extensive services of more than 170 physicians, 300 nursing professionals and over 500 employees. Loretto extends its offerings through a number of community events, health screenings and educational workshops.

The 427-bed MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn provides residents with the most comprehensive Behavioral Health program in the area. The accredited teaching hospital is affiliated with the renowned University of Chicago, affording students outstanding medical education. Further specialty

services include cancer care, cardiovascular services, occupational health services, radiology, sleep disorders and more.

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