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Did you know that acupuncture has been shown to be more effective than conventional treatment for migraines, back and knee pain? Acupuncture is also the complementary therapy most recommended by medical doctors (M.D.'s), and is covered under more insurance plans than ever before. No other traditional healing method has ever earned as much world-wide success, recognition and support! Acupuncture is now an established part of the modern medical field.


There are very few health topics and labels that are as emotionally charged, intensely personal and challenging as infertility. Strict medication and assisted reproductive technique schedules alone can be very stressful. When added on to the expectations and possible fears of living with fertility challenges, they can prove overwhelming.

Acupuncture provides a valuable complimentary therapy for the reduction of the symptoms and stresses of the cancer patient.

In addition to its well known effectiveness at reducing many pain syndromes, reducing insomnia and anxiety and moderating digestive complaints, a great deal of research illustrates the importance of acupuncture in the holistic approach to cancer management.

What is Biotherapeutic Drainage?

Biotherapeutic Drainage is a type of detox, both gentle yet profound, that aids in the elimination of toxins and waste products, restoring balance to the body. The main remedies used in this system are the Unda numbered compounds. Created in Switzerland by physicians in the 1920-30’s, these homeopathic drainage formulas are composed of a synergistic blend of plants and minerals that promote proper elimination of toxins and wastes. In addition to the Unda numbers, additional herbal formulations, including gemmotherapies and phytogen formulas may be used to further facilitate drainage and balance in affected organ systems.


The Center offers a wide variety of cancer care treatments — including IV therapy, acupuncture, medical massage and clinical nutrition — to help boost your immune system, reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, increase your energy, reduce anxiety and generally improve your quality of life.

Desiring a healthier life may be your goal, but for you and millions others it can prove more challenging. You may feel that your immunity is low. You may be in a state of physiological, mental or emotional unrest. Or you may be faced with a more serious illness or chronic pain.


Nowhere is the need for an integrative approach more apparent than in the management of chronic illness. We are a synthesis of many systems all working together, and when one or more systems become diseased, all of the others will be stressed as well. From physical challenges, to the challenges of everyday living, to a satisfying quality of life, we have to go past seeing that illness in isolation, and strive to understand and nurture the person who is living with a chronic illness.

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Detoxification is a term that is often used for chemical and alcohol dependencies. However, it is also a term, which describes the removal of normal metabolic wastes that accumulate from the body’s normal functions.


The Stram Center for Integrative Medicine is proud to open the first and only community acupuncture clinic in the Capital Region. In an effort to further serve our community, and to reach those who otherwise could not afford acupuncture, we are expanding our services. Community acupuncture provides a unique, serene and supportive group atmosphere, offering effective acupuncture techniques for a broad range of health concerns.

Discovering the best form of therapy for your condition can be an enlightening moment. That "aha" moment for many of our patients comes when we introduce Craniosacral Therapy.

Trained and certified by world-renowned teacher, lecturer, and facial rejuvenation acupuncture practitioner Virginia Doran, M.Ac. L.Ac, LMT, our acupuncturists Rebecca Rice and Christopher Reilly are pleased to offer Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture here at the Center.

Our natural remedies and supplements are carefully selected by our doctors and may be taken to promote natural healing and help treat a variety of conditions such as:

  • Cholesterol management and cardiovascular disorders
  • Digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome, and acid reflux
  • High blood pressure
  • Blood sugar disorders
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Menopausal and premenstrual symptoms
  • Chronic pain
  • Anxiety and depression

An Integrative Approach: Using homeopathy in health promotion, preventive care, and treatment of acute and chronic illness.

Integrative Medicine is a rapidly growing field of medicine that seeks to integrate the best of western scientific medicine with the wisdom of complementary practices, including clinical nutrition, acupuncture, herbal, botanical and vitamin supplement therapies, manual techniques, energy healing and mind/body medicine.


Integrative medicine is the blending of conventional medicine with holistic, complementary, and alternative medicine. Integrative Medicine is defined as healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, heart and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.

With the rising prevalence of chronic illness, the increased cost and side effects of pharmaceuticals and the need for safe, inexpensive therapies for chronic illnesses, people are seeking new means for treatment of their health concerns. One of these methods is IV (intravenous) nutrient therapy.


There is much research regarding the use of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) in cancer therapy. However, most of the research focuses on oral rather than the more effective intravenous (IV) route of administration. IV vitamin C has a significantly greater effect on immune enhancement than the conventional oral route of administration.

Kripalu Yoga is recognized world wide as a leading system for establishing body, mind and breath integration. Working on the muscular-skeletal systems as well as the respiratory, circulatory, digestive and immune and nervous system, yoga can have great impact on the healing process in the "dis-ease" state.


At the Stram Center we vow to continue our education on Lyme Disease research, stay up to date on the most effective testing and all the safe available therapies. Moreover, our years of experience in treating patients according to the whole person-integrative medicine approach allows us the most effective way to care for our patients.

Lymphatic drainage massage is a specialized massage technique for the purpose of reducing swelling in the body and increasing the flow of lymph.

The Stram Center is pleased to be able to prescribe medical marijuana to certain populations of patients, meeting required NYS mandated criteria. We believe that medical marijuana will be a good symptom control option for patients not adequately benefiting from conventional pharmaceutical symptom control for the qualifying conditions.


Medical massage therapy identifies the massage therapist as having more medical training and focuses the sessions more specifically. Medical massage therapy can utilize a combination of manual medicine techniques as described below to optimize the effectiveness of this mode of treatment.


Mind-body medicine is based on the idea that the mind and body are connected. The power of the mind to heal the body is immense. When the mind is brought into greater calm and focus, the body then experiences more abundant health, energy, and wellness. At The Center we offer an array of mind-body therapies to support you on your path to greater health and healing.

Kissing under the mistletoe during the holiday season is not the only reason to be celebrating the benefits of mistletoe. Medical studies have shown that European mistletoe (known by product brands as Iscador and Helixor) may prolong the lives of cancer patients and increase their quality of life.

Being the number one complementary treatment for cancer in Europe, mistletoe is slowly making its appearance more known in North America. The Center offers Helixor mistletoe prescription for cancer patients .

NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique) is a natural, pain-free, drug-free, allergy elimination technique that uses a combination of acupuncture, kinesiology/muscle testing, and chiropractic disciplines to detect and desensitize allergies and food allergies of all kinds.

Imagine a healthcare provider who really knows you—your family relationships; what makes you happy; what makes you sad; what your hopes are for a healthy and fulfilling life. Imagine as well, leaving your appointment with more insight and knowledge on how to best optimize your long-term health using natural approaches that are safe and effective and recommendations for important lifestyle changes.

Much like a general practitioner, a naturopathic doctor manages a broad range of health conditions affecting all people of all ages. However, naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care, distinguished by the healing principles upon which its practice is based.

The thought of bringing our children into a doctor's office for a shot is never fun. Likewise, the prospect of a child lying still to allow an acupuncturist to insert multiple needles is highly unlikely. In Japan, however, a very old practice of taking the "puncture" out of acupuncture for children continues to thrive. Techniques have been developed to stimulate the acupuncture points and channels without the insertion of needles.


The practitioners at the Center recognize that diet is often the basis for your heath and your potential to heal. Adopting a healthy diet is often the first step towards correcting health problems. Many medical conditions can be treated more effectively when the patient implements specific diets and uses nutritional supplements. These interventions afford fewer complications and side effects than some pharmaceutical treatments and are often more beneficial.


Pain can affect every part of our lives. Pain can lead to fatigue, emotional distress and many other challenges in addition to the physical discomfort. The causes of pain can vary widely, and although most people with chronic pain share much in common, every person living with pain has their own story. At the Center, our emphasis is on resolving the source of the pain, not merely masking or covering it up.

At the Stram Center, we believe that staying physically fit and eating healthy is paramount to good health, vitality and longevity. Most people know this to be true, but find that their busy lifestyles prevent them from having the time to devote to the gym. No more excuses! With our fitness program, all you need is 30 minutes a day. Who doesn’t have time for that?

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We all have the power within us to promote health and self improvement in ourselves and in others. The ability to tap into the unseen life force energy which flows through us and causes us to be alive is inherent in us all. Connecting with the "Life Force Energy" can be a real catalyst for healing. Reiki is the gentle and powerful Japanese energy healing technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also has the benefits of promoting self-healing.

Many of the therapies offered at the Center, from Integrative Medicine, to Massage Therapy, to Healing Touch, Acupuncture, and other forms of traditional Chinese medicine, are extremely effective in helping people reduce stress.

Therapeutic Massage

A sports injury, car accident, stress, arthritis - in your lifetime, you're bound to be affected by one malady or another. Or, perhaps you're seeking relaxation to relieve the stresses associated with modern life.

Coping with your injuries, trauma or stress can take weeks, months, or even years to heal depending on how severe the problem and how effective your treatment plan is. For centuries, massage therapy has assisted people in these and other areas enhancing recovery and helping individuals return to a more normal life.

"The mind, the spirit, and the hands are the most fundamental tools of healing we possess. Tui Na makes use of all three to promote health and well being through the individual's muscular, skeletal, and energetic systems."
- Chirstopher Reilly, L.Ac., MSA

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The Stram Center Weight Loss and Lifestyle Transformation Program is a 3 month medically supervised, personalized program. You will work with a team of medical professionals, including a naturopathic doctor or holistic nurse practitioner, a personal health and fitness coach as well as a nutritionist and culinary chef. Our Lifestyle Transformation program is designed to get you healthier, stronger and leaner while incorporating a personalized nutrition and training program that will last a lifetime.


Our reproductive health and fertility are a part, expression and source of our overall health. At The Stram Center we maintain that a broader understanding of the individual is just as essential as a focused examination of the reproductive system and it’s functioning within that person. Our integrative approach to women’s health provides holistic, balanced and effective care to achieve tangible results in a way that feels fulfilling to the individual.