When East Wind Acupuncture opened its first clinic in Chesterton 14 years ago, the practice was operated by one practitioner, Laura Zaranski, owner and founder. Through Zaranski's expertise in the field of Chinese medicine, her clinic's results-oriented approach, and her acupuncture and herbal clinical training in China at the University of Guangzhou, Zaranski has today grown the practice into one of the largest Chinese medicine clinics in the country. She now has two clinics with six licensed acupuncturists.
East Wind Acupuncture, located at 210 N. Calumet in Chesterton, is focused on using Chinese medicine to its fullest degree. Zaranski says, "We use all the treatments and systems of Chinese medicine. We also use tongue and pulse diagnosis to determine why the body is not working optimally. Our diagnostics and treatments are very different than western medicine, yet provide answers and long-term solutions for many health problems. Chinese medicine is the oldest, safest medical system with over 5,000 years of research and usage."
East Wind Acupuncture practitioners are focused on corrective care, bringing the body back to optimum health. This is done through the use of acupuncture, herbs, massage therapy, nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction. Through the use of these practices, East Wind Acupuncture has been able to address corrective care issues, restore health, and work on a number of conditions, including internal medicine, digestive or respiratory problems, pain, and infertility.
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Zaranski points out that the practices at East Wind Acupuncture not only work to get the body back in balance, but can keep it there. She says that the lifestyle aspects of Chinese medicine have grown into a new business outside of the clinic. "We focus on diet, exercise, yoga, tai chi and meditation, which we have always offered, but we wanted a better facility in the community. So we opened East Wind Studios in January of this year," she says. The studio is located at 101 Second Street in downtown Chesterton. This peaceful space offers classes in addition to free informative classes for the community. "Every Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. we offer a free health, mediation, self-care, or fitness class. We try to provide opportunities for people to have ongoing practices, or, for those who don't have resources, they can come and learn how to maintain good health. It's a foundation for people to practice and prevent illness and stay healthy," Zaranski says.
East Wind Acupuncture is also pleased to announce the opening of its new clinic in Highland at 9501 Indianapolis Blvd., Suite A. Zaranski says this growth was a natural progression of their business. "We have a lot of clients who travel to our Chesterton location from all over the region but especially from Lake County and we receive a lot of doctor referrals from this region. We see this expansion of our business as a way to help more people get healthy and to continue establishing Chinese medicine as a viable medical system," she says.
East Wind Acupuncture invites the public to come see their facilities, meet their practitioners, and discuss the possibilities of Chinese medicine as they host open houses in the month of October to celebrate Oriental Medicine Day. Join Zaranski and her team in Highland on Monday, October 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and in Chesterton on October 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy free chair massages, refreshments, door prizes, and a grand prize drawing for a complete health package. They will also be offering talks and demonstrations on acupuncture, cupping, and understanding herbs. For more information, visit www.ewacupuncture.com or call (219) 395-9928 in Chesterton and (219) 595-5529 in Highland. For class information at East Wind Studios, visit www.ewstudios.com or call (219) 728-1647.