Yoga spreads with wave of ‘complementary medicine’

Sally Wheaton Hushcha, foreground, was among the participants in a yoga class at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing in Minneapolis Tuesday. The center offers various movement therapies to help with chronic pain and other ailments.  JEFF WHEELER , Star Tribune

Sally Wheaton Hushcha, foreground, was among the participants in a yoga class at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing in Minneapolis Tuesday. The center offers various movement therapies to help with chronic pain and other ailments. JEFF WHEELER , Star Tribune

[Star Tribune, Feb. 11, 2015] The share of Americans practicing therapeutic yoga has nearly doubled in a decade as adults seek ways to reduce stress, alleviate chronic pain and improve their outlook on life — a trend toward “complementary’’ medicine reflected at leading Minnesota clinics and hospitals.

Overall, about a third of U.S. health care consumers reported using complementary therapies in addition to traditional Western medicine during the period 2002-12, according to a federal survey released Tuesday.

The findings came as no surprise to officials at Allina Health in Minneapolis and its Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, which has bought into so-called “integrative therapy” at all of its hospitals and clinics. Read more at Star Tribune online.

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