HerbsIntentional Health

February 2011
Inside February's Intentional Health
Alternative Therapy
Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine
Massage Choices
Yoga for Body & Soul

 Alternative Therapy
  6080 26th St. West
Bradenton, FL  34207

 A warm and inviting health care haven offering progressive therapy to ease pain in the body, center the mind and soothe the broken spirit through gentle and intuitive, osteopathic physical therapy, massage (including Bamboo-Fusion), acupuncture,oriental medicine and yoga.
as well as Adults!


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Valentine Special

"Bring Someone You Love"


Are you confused about what Vitamins, Supplements or Herbs you should be taking?

Do you rely on a store clerk or the internet for advice on vitamins and supplements?

Is your cupboard full of partially used supplement bottles?


If so, Ellen Teeter, AP has a February Special Just for You!

Alternative Therapy is offering 2 for 1 on consultations this month.  Bring your spouse or friend, your health concerns and your supplements and vitamins for a review.

Initial Evaluation and Acupuncture Treatment $125 (you pay $62.50 each)

Initial Herb/Supplement Evaluation $85 

(you pay $42.50 each)

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Let in the Light... 




 FDA Approved, NASA developed Laser Light Therapy
Visit  Alternative Therapy and experience this clinically proven, drug free pain relief...
free of charge. 
($100 per treatment value!)

 Already benefited from Medlight? 
Visit Alternative Therapy to purchase Medlight and enjoy pain relief in the comfort of your own home!

Alternative Physical Therapy
Isn't just for back pain anymore! 
(Part 2)  Igniting the Body's Healing Process Treating 
Treating Common Illnesses  Many illnesses the body experiences are created from tension in the muscles of the spine and organs.  Stress has been proven to be a contributing factor in heart attacks, high blood pressure and even the common cold. 


Andrzej Strzalkowski, RPT


Alternative Therapy can treat these illnesses and many others by gentle manipulation that  creates  balance in the body between its different structures:  joints, muscles, organs, autonomic nervous system, etc. 


In the case of a cold the body is fighting germs (bacteria/viruses) and the "rebalancing" that occurs with Alternative Therapy allows the body's own immune system to regain strength and take over healing.  When the body is not in balance, the immune system (as well as other functions of the body) is compromised and not working at full strength.  Once equilibrium is established, the body will have a greater response to medications,  such as antibiotics, prescribed by your physician.

In the case of heart issues, the heart muscle is deprived of normal blood flow.  Reestablishing equilibrium (through the osteopathic techniques of Alternative Therapy) indirectly opens these restricted blood vessels thereby improving the flow of blood to reach the heart. 

With digestive problems, the autonomic nervous system can be "reset" to restore normal functions and achieve healing. 


Traditional vs. Alternative  The true difference in Alternative Therapy vs. traditional physical therapy is a whole body approach to wellness.  Traditional physical therapy concentrates on mobility of a particular afflicted body part.  Alternative Therapy addresses tensions located in various areas of the body, promoting relaxation and release; allowing the body to become an active participant in the healing process. 


Surgery Avoided  Patients at Alternative Therapy have experienced relief from such varied illnesses as irritable bowel syndrome, hypertension, digestive problems and sleep disorders.  One amazing recovery occurred with a toddler who was suffering with repeated ear infections.  His mother brought him to Alternative Therapy to help him manage the pain until his scheduled ear tube surgery which was in 5 days.  After one treatment, the child had reduced pain.  The second treatment succeeded in eliminating the pain completely.  The third and final visit was the morning of the surgery; mom's intentions were to help keep him calm and pain free to prepare him for the procedure.  When the ear, nose and throat doctor examined the boy's ear before the scheduled procedure to implant ear tubes, he was amazed to find complete recovery of the ear canal.  No infection, no pain.  The surgery was cancelled and the child's ear infections were eradicated.


Add Alternative Therapy to your list of healthcare professionals.  Alternative Therapy is your doctor's partner for your healthy life.  Call 941-727-1500 for your appointment.


Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine



Benefits of Chinese Medicinal Herbs

     Chinese Medicinal Herbs can treat many conditions in the body, from coughs due to colds to complications of chemotherapy.  

     A unique feature of Traditional Chinese Medicine is that you get 2 diagnoses.  The first is the illness, which often simply describes the symptoms, e.g. tou tong (headache) xue lin (blood in the urine) or bi zheng (painful obstruction or arthritis).  The 2nd "diagnosis" is the pattern differentiation.   The pattern differentiation encompasses aspects of your constitution and overall body's function.  It can be simple like Wind Cold Invades the channels of the neck (which causes neck pain and stiffness) or more complicated like a Kidney and Liver Yin Vacuity with Vacuity Heat Harassing the Heart (which may be a pattern for someone with insomnia).

     An example:  3 people all complaining of tou tong (headache) may get very different medicinal herbs depending on the accompanying signs and symptoms.  One may be overweight and get headaches like a hat band too tight, the next is thin with headaches at the top of the head and the 3rd gets migraines at the temple around her period time.


     Ellen Teeter, AP prescribes custom Chinese medicinal herbal formulas based on both the illness presenting and the underlying pattern of disharmony.  This minimizes side effects and maximizes effectiveness of the herbs.
     A typical course of treatment is 4-6 weeks of a custom formula and possibly consolidating the treatment with several months of tablet formula.

Call today to see how customized Chinese herbs can improve your health and spirits; 941-727-1500. 

Experience Alternatives!
Choose from the areas largest selection of massage offerings. Alternative Therapy's licensed massage therapists are certified to perform the following massages:

Bamboo- Fusion (Moderate to deep pressure using warm bamboo for an extremely relaxing massage.)

Ashiatsu Massage (The therapist will release pain and gently massage connective tissue using her feet)

Thai Massage ( A deep, full body treatment gently stretching joints, relieving muscle tension and increasing flexibility.)

Swedish Massage (Full body massage using light to moderate pressure promoting overall relaxation and renewed energy.)

Deep Tissue Massage (Full body massage using moderate to deep pressure, concentrating on areas of pain or tension.)

Yoga for Body & Soul

A Pose for Every - Body! 
Yoga, to some people can be scary.  With words like "asana", "namaste" and "bhandas" a new practitioner can be easily intimidated.
Also intimidating are the many different syles of yoga; Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Bikram and Kundalini...just to name a few.   Invariably, along with this variety comes the "yoga groupies" of each style, who endeavor to create a social status of belonging to the "right" yoga style.
Frankly, all of this is hooey!  Find a yoga instructor you like and practice...it's as easy as that!  If you aren't comfortable with the first class you take, find another and continue to look around

Brook Longobardi,


until you find a class that suits your needs.  There are many varieties of teaching as there are style of yoga and there is one out there for you!  Seek it out!
 It's all about you!  Be comfortable with your teacher & don't worry about what "everybody else" is doing! 
Embrace Yoga & embrace yourself!



FEB 17th 

















Alternative Night Out!
from 6 - 9 pm
Alternative Therapy!

Join the warm and friendly staff of Alternative Therapy for an evening of "healthy" fun.  Experience a sample of our services including:  Alternative Physical Therapy Consult, Stress Reduction Acupuncture, Massages including Bamboo Fusion and Aroma Therapy and Yoga.
Enjoy uniquely delicious snacks and wine as you travel through our menu of alternative offerings for health and wellness.


Call now as space is limited! 
941-727-1500  $25 per person


Salute to working Health Care Professionals:  FREE Admittance!*
*With Paying guest
Reservations must be made in advance to take advantage of this free offer.
Call 941-727-1500 for reservervations and more details.