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April 6, 2013

Local therapist promotes body wellness

Asian medicine has traditionally focused on wellness.

Laura Reyda, licensed massage therapist and Diplomat of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, says she believes in the balance of wellness.

“When you practice this type of medicine, it is like you are encouraging a person’s body to rectify itself,” Reyda said. “Taking a wellness approach encourages the body to heal while preventing any other injuries from occurring.”

Reyda has a clinic in Oneonta, located at 531 Southside Dr. She specializes in traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and massage. Working with each individual patient, she accesses their ailment and prescribes a treatment that may include acupuncture, herbal formulas, diet and nutrition counseling, massage and/or exercise.

“If a person can balance, it is helpful,” Reyda said. “Moderation is good. If people are able to eat right — as their body needs to eat, get some exercise — you don’t have to go crazy, and take care of themselves — to a certain extent, they should be able to return to a healthful balance.

“When they need help, when they have gotten too far out of balance — that is when they might need acupuncture or an herbal remedy.”

Chinese medicine has been practiced and theorized for more than 3,000 years. It is common in Asian countries where acupuncture is standard in most clinics. The herbal blends, acupuncture and body movements are specifically studied to combat many common ailments.

“There is a woman I treat, she had a prolapsed uterus,” Reyda said. “She was told she would need surgical mesh to fix the problem. There is a classical remedy for this. This is a common problem with women who have had several babies. It has been around for a long time.”

After one month of taking a full dosage of Chinese herbal medicine, the patient went on a half dose for another month. At the end of the second month, Reyda said, the patient was able to control her bladder and did not feel the pressure she had before.

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