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Integrative Holistic Medicine Clinic Opens to Treat Patients with Chronic Illnesses

Contact: Karen Tornberg, 630-909-7105 or ktornberg@marianjoy.org

Wheaton, IL (September 19, 2007) People with chronic illnesses experience varying degrees of frustration. They may feel they have exhausted all traditional medical treatments or their conditions aren’t fully understood by traditional clinicians. For many such patients, the answer lies in a field that is relatively new to Western medicine, but includes modalities dating back several centuries or more.

To address the specific and changing needs of individuals with chronic illness, the Marianjoy Medical Group has opened an Integrative Holistic Medicine Clinic. Dr. Gouri Chaudhuri, Medical Director of the Marianjoy Day Rehabilitation Program, is board certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine. She will lead this new clinic, treating individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, chronic headache, insomnia, diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic illnesses.

The Marianjoy Integrative Holistic Medicine Clinic will help patients learn more about optimum health, self-empowerment, and prevention of acute flare-ups of their conditions, achieved through focusing on various facets including leading a healthy lifestyle, nutritional counseling, proper use of vitamins and minerals, acupuncture treatments, meditation training, and spiritual guidance.

Integrative and holistic medicine describes an approach to healthcare that focuses on the prevention and management of chronic illness in conjunction with a patient’s existing conventional medical treatments. The Marianjoy Integrative and Holistic Medicine Clinic does not replace medical management by a primary care or specialty care physician, but rather augments such treatments.

To learn more or schedule an appointment with Dr. Chaudhuri, please call 630-909-7000.

Marianjoy recently opened its new $60 million, 120 all private room replacement hospital in Wheaton – a state-of-the-art facility designed to enhance the naturally holistic approach to rehabilitation. The new flagship facility features uniquely designed accessible gardens, a labyrinth, chapel, and a meditation room. Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital was founded 35 years ago by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, and maintains an extensive network of inpatient, subacute, and outpatient sites and physician clinics throughout the Chicago area. Dedicated to the delivery of physical rehabilitative medicine, Marianjoy also provides programs for community re-entry including driver and vocational rehabilitation. Marianjoy is a member of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, which owns and operates more than 100 health and shelter service organizations in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.