UNM Center for Life receives grant UNM Center for Life receives grant

UNM Section of Integrative Medicine receives $200,000 grant

National alzheimer’s foundation explores integrative medicine for disease prevention

The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF) recently committed $200,000 over two years to the University of New Mexico’s Section of Integrative Medicine to support integrative medicine education, scholarship, research and novel approaches to Alzheimer’s disease prevention and treatment.

“We want to engage a renowned integrative medicine program like UNM’s Center for Life to further advance our non-pharmacologic approach to cognitive decline,” says Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD, founding president and medical director of ARPF. “We’ve already seen yoga and meditation – specifically Kirtan Kriya – reverse memory loss, increase energy, reduce stress and improve well-being. Center for Life founder and Executive Director Dr. Arti Prasad has demonstrated her professional talents, stewardship and compassion to responsibly move forward lifestyle activity that promotes cognitive health.”

Khalsa has been president and medical director for ARPF in Tucson, AZ, since 1993.  A prolific author, Khalsa is also board certified in anesthesiology and pain management, and is a diplomat of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

The UNM Center for Life is a state-of-the-art Albuquerque Integrative and Inter-Cultural Center for Prevention and Wellness, treating people with a wide range of health issues using a vast array of ancient and modern techniques. The center provides extensive integrative medicine education to all levels of learners in New Mexico, as well as 250 hours of community outreach per year.

“Alzheimer’s disease is impacting more families as our population ages,” says Prasad, who also is division chief of general internal medicine, geriatrics and integrative medicine in the UNM School of Medicine. “With the generous support of ARPF and Dr. Khalsa, our progress in preventing and treating cognitive decline should directly benefit the people of Albuquerque and New Mexico.”

Integrative Medicine is a healing-oriented practice that takes account of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and complementary, in developing wellness, and disease management. Services for therapeutic approaches to cancer, menopause, diabetes, hypertension, weight and more, include:

  • Integrative Medicine Consultations
  • Integrative Primary and Longitudinal Care
  • Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Massage therapy, including, Oncology, Pregnancy, Hot Stone, Swedish, Reflexology
  • Head/Scalp & Neck, Craniosacral, Sports, Deep Tissue, Therapeutic, Visceral/Neuro and others
  • Energy Medicine
  • Opportunity to meet with Curanderas, Native Healers and other Spiritual Healers

For more information about the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation, visit its website. For more information about the UNM Center for Life Integrative and Inter-Cultural Center for Prevention and Wellness, call 505-925-7464 or visit its website.

Categories: Patient Care, School of Medicine

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