by Ramonica R. Jones
The nation is mourning the loss of Coretta Scott King. The wife of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died Sunday in a holistic hospital.
Mrs. King arrived at the hospital in Mexico just last week to start treatment for advanced ovarian cancer.
Alternative medicine is an option more and more people are exploring.
Yerberia Mexicana in Lufkin is full of herbal remedies and natural products. They're designed to treat everything from ear infections and stomach aches to prostate problems and kidney infections.
Medical experts disagree about whether natural products work as well as more traditional treatments, but customers young and old of all backgrounds come to Yerberia Mexicana for alternative medicine.
Mayra Vargas said, "I believe more in this than products in the pharmacies. I was raised this way, and we always come to places like this, so I prefer to come here."
Holistic or alternative medicine goes beyond trying to eliminate symptoms. It also includes herbal medicine, acupuncture, and other non-pharmaceutical techniques to treat and heal the entire body. The goal is to give people the option of using a natural approach to staying healthy.
Holistic practioners believe holistic health works because it emphazises the connection of mind, body, and spirit, rather than focusing on illness or specific parts of the body.