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Greater Palm Springs has long been known as a place of healing. For over a century, our endless summers, dry heat, mineral hot springs and majestic landscapes have drawn both travelers and practitioners alike. Today, our region boasts an unparalleled natural health-community here to support–and enhance-your wellest journey.

What is Natural Medicine?

Natural medicine treats the whole person–body, mind and spirit–and considers nutrition, lifestyle, bodily imbalances, and environmental factors that affect health. While conventional medicine focuses on symptoms and disease, natural medicine seeks to address the cause of beneath the illness, as well as prevention.

Industry professionals include naturopathic doctors, acupuncturists, doctors of traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), chiropractors, energy workers, and bodyworkers to name a few. When seeking a wellness practitioner, it is important to research their qualifications. For example, in California, any practitioner can call themselves a naturopath, but only a state-licensed naturopathic physician who has attended an accredited, graduate-level naturopathic medical school can call themselves a naturopathic doctor (ND).

Why Seek a Natural Practitioner?

People often turn to natural medicine when conventional medicine no longer has answers; however, more and more people are now practicing natural modalities to maintain a state of balance and wellbeing in addition to counteracting disease.

Many seek services as an adjunct to medical care or for help with conditions labeled idiopathic (cause unknown). Physical conditions commonly treated include digestive disorders, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, allergies, asthma, infertility, Lyme disease, HIV, chronic pain, anxiety, depression and more. Remember, if you are seeking natural therapies in association with medical care, it is important to share all information with your full team of health care professionals.

Finding Natural Health Practitioners in Greater Palm Springs

Following are practitioners recommended by Desert Health, the Coachella Valley’s leading resource on health and wellness:

Naturopathic Doctors

Live Well Clinic in La Quintaoffersprimary care, integrative cancer care, regenerative therapy(stem cell/PRP), bio-identical hormone replacement (BHRT), and IV nutrient therapy. Other practitioners on staff provide acupuncture, meditation, reiki, counseling, and more. 

Optimal Health Center in Palm Desert has two naturopathic doctors offering primary care, detoxification, and clinical nutrition. They also focus on preconception health to detoxify both mom and dad in preparation for their healthiest bodies for baby.

Pure Health in Palm Springs has two naturopathic doctors offering primary care, IV therapy, BHRT, regenerative therapies and aesthetic.

True You Medical in Palm Desert has a focus on clinical nutrition, anti-aging therapies and natural aesthetics.

Traditional Chinese Medicine


AcQpoint Acupuncture & Wellness Center in Palm Desert and the Palm Springs Healing Center are both comprehensive wellness center offering acupuncture, chiropractic, Chinese herbal medicine, structural bodywork, cold laser therapy, and massage. AcQpoint also offers kinesiology, energy healing, and cranial sacral therapy. 

Other noted acupuncturists in the oasis include Patricia Van Santen, L.Ac and Deidre Braun, L.Ac, both located in Palm Desert.


chiropractorHave you tweaked your back from too much golf or rocked your knee on that rigorous hike? Maybe you need a chiropractor for re-alignment. Some of Greater Palm Springs’best include Robert Edelburg, DC; Robert Haberkorn, DC; Corina Morrison, DC (who specializes in people and horses); Paul Davis, DC and Brian Bergstrom, DC.

Structural Bodywork

Kinetix Health & Performance Center is a “one-stop body shop” with qualified practitioners offering structural bodywork, physical training and therapy, a full-service spa, and complementing modalities like full-body cryotherapy and pulse electromagnetic frequency (PEMF) which help stimulate energy, circulation and healing.

Looking for a specialty service like lymphatic drainage massage? Try Leah Wiltgen,LMT, CDT. Our valley’s many resorts and spas, like the JW Marriott Desert Springs and The Spa at Westin Mission Hills also offer trained therapists who can tailor massage services to fit your individual needs. 

Energy Medicine

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“In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy,” said Nobel Laureate Albert Szent-Gyorgyl, MD. Fortunately, science is now beginning to recognize the power of energy frequency for healing and many modalities are stepping into the forefront.

Qi Gong is a series of movements practiced for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine. Specific patterns performed by the patient or a medical Qi Gong master like Robert Haberkorn, DC, MMQcreate energy believed to remove blockages and improve flow throughout the body.

Tuning forks and sound wave therapy as offered at Body Tune Studio in Palm Springs balance chakras, enhance relaxation and can identify and clear past and present blockages.

Another ancient practice is sound healing through metal (Tibetan) or crystal bowls. The various sizes create a range of sounds that help restore the body’s normal vibratory frequencies which may be out of harmony from stress or disease. Billy Cordell of Bliss Chakra Spa, Wyatt Smith of Sound Bath Palm Springs, and energy worker Tracy J Smith all offer services onsite or at their locations.

Fora full immersion experience, make a trip to the Integratron in Landers. Built in the 50s, the historic dome is described as “a resonant tabernacle and energy machine sited on a powerful geomagnetic vortex in the magical Mojave Desert.”

For more on holistic healing visit Crystal Fantasy, a one-stop-shop for mind-and-body books, candles, crystals, and other spiritual goods and events, located in downtown Palm Springs. 

Medicinal Marijuana

With the use of cannabis now legal in California for medical, wellness and recreational use, you will find many dispensaries in the Coachella Valley. For more information, please visit our page on cannabis in Greater Palm Springs.

If you are looking to explore natural medicine, look no further than Greater Palm Springs. Our natural health community welcomes you and invites you to come and learn how to live your wellest.

By Lauren Del Sarto, Desert Health News