Treating the whole human being: The Penny George Institute, part of Allina Health

Penny George Institute photo by The Line's Bill Kelley

[The Line, October 17, 2012] Illness is not just physical. That's hardly a new idea, but for years, techniques like acupuncture, aromatherapy, and healing touch--which treated symptoms but also patients' mental and spiritual well-being--got little respect from hard-nosed medical professionals. Prescription drugs and surgery, with more demonstrable effects and corresponding research, took center stage as "real medicine."

But appreciation for so-called "alternative" or "complementary" medicine is less rare than it used to be, and Minneapolis' Penny George Institute for Health and Healing is both evidence and a willing vehicle of that change. Read more at

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