There’s nothing like the high life in Northern Nevada, surrounded by towering snow-capped mountains, tantalized by crystal-clear alpine lakes, and inspired by expansive vistas that stretch to the horizon. Getting back to nature is easy, and hiking boots are a must. (Along with skis, snowboards, or snowshoes, depending on your winter sports MO.) Of course, all of this adventuring requires the right fuel and remaining in tiptop shape. Maybe this is why Northern Nevada has long enjoyed a diverse and well-established natural medicine scene.
Here are six health and well-being hot spots to keep you naturally healthy while working and living in the Truckee Meadows.
1) Truckee Meadows Herbs
For more than 40 years, Truckee Meadows Herbs has filled Northern Nevada’s alternative health needs. Owner Tom Stewart is a registered herbalist and a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. He works closely with area doctors, acupuncturists, and health practitioners to offer patients access to a large selection of natural medicinal herbs, homeopathy, and supplements.
Besides providing herbal support for patients’ care needs, he’s also an advocate for increased awareness about the vital role herbs play in mental and physical wellness. For more than 17 years, he’s taught courses on using medicinal herbs at Truckee Meadows Community College. From liquid herbal extracts and tinctures to essential oils and homeopathic remedies, Truckee Meadows Herbs has a wide selection of support options to cultivate optimal health.
2) Mandala Supply and Apothecary
Are you searching for aromatic formulas to enhance your life and improve your health? Then, look no further than Mandala Supply and Apothecary. Proud sellers of Temple of Life Aroma Therapeutics, these products have been handcrafted and sold in Reno since 2011. Temple of Life blends include:
- Muscle treatments
- Body and massage oils
- Essential oil blends
- Roll-on remedies
- Rainbow remedies
- Aroma mists
- Apothecary oils
- Natural bath and body products
- Exotic perfumes
- And much more
Moreover, Mandala Supply and Apothecary offers customized products for specific needs at no extra charge. On a visit to the store, you’ll enjoy the best in professional guidance and the ability to get money-saving refills that reduce waste and are earth-friendly.
3) The Great Basin Food Co-op
The Great Basin Co-op is your one-stop-shop for local, organic, single-source food that’s always clean and fairly sourced. Operating since 2005, Great Basin supports the local food network and serves as a sustainable cooperative providing access to wholesome food for Northern Nevada communities. The co-op began as a buyers’ club created to increase community access to sustainable, affordable, area-grown produce.
The store remains committed to enriching the health of Northern Nevada’s economy and environment. In 2011, they launched the region’s first mini food hub, Distributors of Regional and Organic Produce & Products (DROPP). And the co-op now runs the Foodshed Café, where they offer a full menu of seasonal eats, an organic salad bar, and specialty coffee drinks. Today, they have more than 6,000 active member-owners and boast $4.9 million in annual sales.
4) Gerber Medical Clinic
A long-time staple of Reno integrative medicine, Gerber Medical Clinic offers family-oriented medicine relying on the best therapies that conventional and integrative medicines offer. The clinic treats patients of all ages, and therapeutic protocols span the spectrum from crisis management to acute care and healthy aging needs. Founded by Dr. Michael Gerber, HMD, he’s the president of the Nevada Homeopathic Medical Association and a medical advisor and featured columnist for The Townsend Letter and Alternative Medicine Magazine. He and a team of physicians (including Dr. Sean Devlin, DO, HMD; Dr. Robert Floyd, MD; and Ann Barnet, MD) provide patients with advanced therapies from around the globe.
These services include integrative medicine, integrative oncology, homeopathy, acupuncture, and more. The interventions provided at Gerber Medical Clinic have proven effective in clinical applications and scientific studies. Gerber Medical Clinic has been in practice since 1975, and its current location at 1225 Westfield Avenue is a green facility that they redeveloped in December 2006. You can find out more about the clinic’s philosophy and approach to healing by listening to the physicians’ The Medicine Wheel podcast.
For those suffering from migraines, anxiety, or neurological issues, Ready2Heal has answers. Offering craniosacral therapy, the clinic assists people dealing with a wide range of health challenges, including nervous system, back, and neck pain, as well as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues. In operation since 2003, Ready2Heal’s craniosacral therapy proves effective for a wide range of medical issues associated with dysfunction and pain.
According to Ready2Heal’s owner, Kerstin Tracy, MSc, LMT, CST-D, craniosacral therapy relieves tension in the body often related to a traumatic event. It also fosters positive physical and emotional transformations and encourages the body and mind to let go of painful memories. For those looking to connect their body, heart, and mind, craniosacral therapy also leads to feelings of peacefulness and calmness. Besides offering treatment to patients of all ages, Tracy performs craniosacral therapy on horses. And she provides virtual and in-home feng shui consultations to promote healing and well-being.
6) High Sierra Allergy & Medical
Spring is right around the corner, which means gorgeous weather, blossoming trees, and more time spent outside. For many, it also marks the return of the sniffles due to hay fever and seasonal allergies. Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer alone. High Sierra Allergy Medical provides therapeutic services to help with a wide range of ailments, including seasonal, food, and environmental allergies. Homeopathic treatments demonstrated to reduce the severity of allergies over time follow extensive testing and follow-up testing.
Melissa Monaghan, RN, APH, brings more than 21 years of integrated medicine experience to the table, combining extensive knowledge of homeopathic and Chinese medicines to help patients reach their optimal health. She takes patients of all ages who are suffering from various disorders, including behavioral issues in children, autoimmune diseases, and more.
Staying Naturally Healthy in Reno, Nevada
Life in Northern Nevada gets you closer to nature. Whether it’s enjoying your morning cup of coffee with excellent views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, playing weekend warrior on one of the region’s renowned trails, or enjoying water sports at Lake Tahoe. To complement an active outdoor lifestyle, Reno, Nevada, boasts a thriving holistic health care community. You’ll find everything from homeopathic remedies to craniosacral therapies and much more for staying naturally healthy.
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Engrid Barnett is an award-winning travel writer and digital content marketer based in Western Nevada. Recognized by the Nevada Press Association in 2019, her work has been featured in Nevada Magazine, Northern Nevada Business Weekly, Tahoe South, Rova, American Trails, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, and more.
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