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Aging:  Western Versus Eastern Approach

BY Carrie Demers ON August 12, 2013

Western doctors won’t tell you that you can improve or heal poor digestion, forgetfulness, a bad knee, or other problems of aging, but it’s not their fault. They've been trained to see us as bodies—bags of bio-chemicals—and believe that little can be done for an aging body except to prescribe medication. Eastern-style health practitioners (Chinese, ayurvedic, and herbal) see consciousness, not the body, as primary and treat the whole person—body, mind, and spirit—which allows true healing to happen. Their approach includes more subtle methods of healing, such as herbs, breathing, and mantra meditation.

ABOUT Carrie Demers Board-certified in internal medicine, Carrie Demers, MD, is a holistic physician who blends modern medicine with traditional approaches to health. After receiving her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Demers went on to study massage, homeopathy, nutrition, herbal medicine, yoga, and ayurveda. She has been the Director of the Himalayan Institute Total Health Center for the last 16 years. Widely recognized for her expertise, Dr. Demers has been interviewed by numerous magazines and newspapers and lectures nationally on holistic health and ayurveda. She is a frequent contributor to Yoga International.

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