Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Luib Health Center- A Holistic Approach to Health!

I have always wanted to learn more about Chinese medicine and holistic approaches to health. Now that I am in my mid-forties, I am definitely feeling the aches and pains of just growing older! I was eager to spend some time at the Luib Health Center with Dr. Catherine Sy Luib to learn more about her services and her approach to a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Cat, as her patients affectionately call her, is a licensed chiropractor and acupuncturist.  She holds many different school degrees and one can tell she is definitely very knowledgeable about what she does and how the body works!  Dr. Cat intertwines Traditional Chinese Medicine with nutrition based treatment.  She believes in aligning the mind, body, and spirit, back into harmony.

On my initial visit, I received a biomat treatment along with sound therapy and thought that my mom would really benefit from this.  She has trouble sleeping and relaxing in general. I took both my parents to Dr. Cat the next week.  Here is Dr. Cat preparing my mom for her treatment. The mat that my mom is laying on contains amethyst crystals that help redirect your body's energy.  In addition it is heated to soothe muscles.  Dr. Cat provides an audio of a guided relaxation session.  It is not uncommon for someone to fall asleep during this session, which is what my mom did!  Afterwards, my mom said the 30 minute session made her feel more relaxed and energetic.
I also brought my Dad in to see Dr. Cat, due to numerous issues.  The major one being that he is in a constant state of pain.  He suffered a stroke 3 years ago and his left arm/shoulder area is pretty much flaccid. Dr. Cat administered Tuina massage along with cupping.
She also integrated sound therapy using ancient Tibetan bowls into his sessions. The sound is meant to "tune" my dad's body back into harmony.  The tuning was peaceful, meditative, and restorative.
My dad really responded to this and wanted to come back for another session!

Dr. Cat also prescribed recipes for food-based therapy.  She gave us a recipe for smoothies that would detox my dad's liver because of all the medications he is on and referred my mom to take some herb and vitamin supplements to get them both healthier. As I get older and my parents continue to grow into their golden years, I prefer seeking out these kinds of treatments instead of adding more medications.  I only wish that Dr. Cat's office was closer. I think we would be visiting her more often as a family!

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