An estimated 36% of U.S. adults use some form of complementary and alternative medicine, according to a survey by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a component of the National Institutes of Health. The most common therapies identified in the study included acupuncture, acupressure, herbal medicine, Tai chi and qi gong.
Naturopathic physician Dr. Kara Lolley has seen a growing desire for alternative medicine in Eastern Washington. In addition to naturopathic, herbal and acupuncture treatments, she recently expanded her practice to include massage and exercise therapies, along with classes in skin care and whole foods cooking. Her new and larger natural medicine clinic will celebrate its grand opening on Tuesday, October 23rd with an open house from 4 to 7 PM.
The public is invited to meet and visit with Dr. Lolley and her team of professionals. Exercise therapist Tom Kelleher will talk about his use of the Egoscue Method to help overcome chronic pain. Shirley Strader, massage therapist, will demonstrate the healing benefits of Lomi lomi, an ancient Polynesian massage technique. Whole foods chef Vicki Jo Grimshaw will be cooking up healthy snacks and explaining how whole foods contribute to good health. Melanee Bruntjen, creator of Stir Crazy Skincare, will show how she creates custom formulas for individual skin types and skin care needs.
“This has been my dream for so long,” Lolley says, who also teaches qi gong, a traditional Chinese practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation. “It’s so exciting to finally be able to offer a place in Yakima where people can come learn how to take care of their own health naturally.”
The open house will take place on the eve of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day. Officially observed on October 24, it is part of an effort to increase public awareness about the progress, promise, and benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
Visit www.karalolley.com for more information about Dr. Lolley and her team of wellness professionals.