From massage therapy to acupuncture to chiropractic, Asheville boasts one of the highest concentrations of alternative medicine practitioners in North Carolina and the United States.

But while the city is home to nearly 2 percent of all alternative medical practices in the country, these therapies have remained largely separate from traditional western medicine in the area.

A new program launched by Mission Hospital this past June is trying to change that by incorporating complementary medicine—therapies, practices and products not generally considered to be part of conventional medicine — into the medical care provided at the hospital.

Citizen-Times, Asheville, North Carolina, April 1, 2009