Acupuncture in Chicago, IL

Maria Cristina Torres

Integral Alternative Medicine (IAM) is an alternative medical practice in the Chicago area founded by Cristina Torres. We offer Oriental/Eastern Medicine in 3 area offices in Chicago Loop, South Loop and Evanston. At IAM, we believe that you deserve personalized treatment and the opportunity to take control of your own health.

We offer a comprehensive range of services including the practice of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology and Asian Massage. These techniques have been around for over 3000 years and have been used to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being.

TCM and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a form of depression that affects people all throughout the world. Most commonly experienced during fall and winter months, the symptoms of SAD include depression, hypersomnia, lethargy, difficulty concentrating, negative thoughts and decreased social interaction. Higher levels of anxiety are experienced at the end of the summer season as those who

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Walnuts and Your Brain

Many people like to add walnuts to food to add some zest and a little crunchy kick, but walnuts are much more than a flavor additive, as they are chock full of healthy properties and have been used in Asia as an overall health tonic and brain booster for years. Let’s take a nutty look at walnuts.    

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The Shen Mind Connection

Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at things differently and while it may be a little confusing, there is usually some common ground that can be found upon examination and explanation. One such area is the idea of the mind. The mind in Traditional Chinese Medicine is commonly referred to as the shen.

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