Wednesday, June 16, 1999

Vibrations can be good for healing

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Don't call it newfangled, because it's among the oldest systems of medicine in the world.

        Ayurveda, an Indian form of health derived from Sanskrit words meaning “longevity” and “knowledge,” is finally getting a toehold in Cincinnati.

        Two Indian physicians will be offering a unique form of Ayurvedic healing based on chantlike sounds starting Saturday through July 5 in Northern Kentucky, and Fairfield physician Dr. Vijay Jain will offer free informational programs on Ayurveda at the Mercy Franciscan Holistic Health Centers in late June and early July.

        “Ayurveda is very different from Western medicine,” says Dr. Christine Horner-Taylor, a Northern Kentucky plastic surgeon who began to pursue Ayurvedic principles of meditation, diet, yoga, herbs and body-mind-spirit balance several years ago. “I continuously noticed a significant improvement in how I felt, in my energy level and how I looked.”

        The goal of Ayurveda is to maintain a healthy balance, based on an awareness of how the physical body, energy, mind and spirit interact.

        “It really teaches how to promote health and rejuvenation, where in Western medicine, all we do is treat disease,” she says. “As a plastic surgeon, I see how people come to me because they want to be rejuvenated, and I know that what they're looking for is that really healthful, youthful-looking glow, which you can't get from surgery.”

        From Saturday through July 5, two Indian Ayurvedic doctors will be offering a treatment called Vedic Vibration Technology to people willing to try it for relief of chronic health problems such as chronic pain, asthma, arthritis, migraine, skin problems, headaches and more.

        Vibrational healing works on the theory that bodies are made of molecules, atoms, and particles that function as wave forms, similar to sound. The vibrations are produced as chantlike mantras performed by the trained doctors.

        It's not what most people expect when they see a doctor, Dr. Horner-Taylor acknowledges. “Some people are open to it, some aren't. As with anything, some people have the type of personality where they're more interested in finding out about it right away, while some are more stand-offish. But I think alternative medicine is being accepted more and more.

        “This is part of a research project,” she says. “They're touring the country and gathering data on various ailments, and seeing what kind of effects they're getting.”

        Treatments will be offered at Dr. Horner-Taylor's Edgewood, office ($500 for one disorder; $900 for two; $1,200 for three; each treatment involves three sessions lasting up to 1 hour and 45 minutes).

        • Ayurvedic Vibration Technology healing treatments will be offered by two Indian physicians Saturday through July 5 at 3005 Dixie Highway, Edgewood. Information and appointments, (606) 426-0336.

        • Dr. Vijay Jain, a Fairfield physician who gave up his surgery practice to become an Ayurvedic physician will offer “An Overview of Ayurvedic Medicine” 7:30-9 p.m. June 24at Mercy Franciscan Holistic Health Center, 2366 Kipling Ave., Mount Airy, and 7:30-9 p.m. July 7 at the Mercy Franciscan Hospital-Western Hills Health and Fitness Center, 3131 Queen City Ave. Free. Register at 389-5987.


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