Northwest NEWS

May 28, 2001

Local News

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The new vehicle in town is a medical clinic

The new vehicle in Woodinville is a 36-foot mobile medical clinic. Health Moves provides individualized services to patients at businesses or senior facilities. Owned and operated by Dr. Lanika Buchanan, Health Moves is a state-of-the-art naturopathic and acupuncture facility.
   "I only see one patient at a time. On the first visit I want to fully understand the patient's history and concerns. I may also do a physical exam and acupuncture treatment during that time," said Dr. Buchanan. Her husband, Andrew Max, developed the mobile clinic and serves as the operations director.
   "We save time and money for both the patient and employer by allowing the patient to walk out of the office and into their appointment without the hassle and cost of taking off from work," said Max.
   The clinic has a lab, dispensary, an exam, consultation and treatment room and a restroom.
   "My mother raised me with natural medicine. After getting my degree in cultural anthropology from the University of California, I traveled around the world and spent time in Asia where I saw a lot of illness. I decided to come back and go to medical school. While I was doing my pre-med training I took a class in herbs ... My instructor talked about Bastyr University in Seattle and what I could learn there about natural treatments. A year later I enrolled."
   I took a combined training for a doctorate degree in naturopathic medicine and a masters of science degree in acupuncture. I started out with a practice in the Greenlake area," she said.
   "My husband and I were talking about different ways to have a practice and found that people feel rushed, that it is hard to get to appointments, and seniors, in particular, have a difficult time accessing natural health care," said Dr. Buchanan."We decided to form a company to provide services in a new and different way. This year we developed our mobile office.
   "Acupuncture is effective in treating a wide variety of conditions including colds and flu, allergies, stress, pain, insomnia, addictions, depression, anxiety, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, PMS, painful menstruation, headaches, urinary tract disorders, sexual dysfunction, digestive problems, arthritis, and other chronic and painful degenerative conditions. It is based on the premise of balancing the energy of the body, or chi. The practice of acupuncture involves the insertion of several extremely fine needles, about the width of a human hair. When the needles are inserted there is usually no pain at all. Occasionally there is a brief pinch that quickly fades. There may be a tingling, warmth, heaviness or numbness. Most people become extremely relaxed, meditative and often fall asleep. At the end of the treatment they feel relaxed but rejuvenated, which may last for several days.
   "Naturopathic Medicine is a philosophy of medicine and healing rather than one particular type of therapy. It is the only healing profession that blends natural non-toxic therapies with the latest in scientific and clinical research. Naturopathic physicians focus on the overall health of the person rather than suppressing the symptoms, which are often only clues of the underlying cause of disease. We also focus heavily on prevention of disease and maintenance of good health and lifestyle," said Dr. Buchanan.
   According to Dr. Buchanan, the treatments used include nutrition and lifestyle modifications, herbal medicine, nutritional supplements, natural hormones, homeopathy, physical medicine, and counseling and stress management.
   More information can be found at www.heathmoves.org.