Vel's Story

Vel - Eastern Therapy

Vel Natarajan, LAc, Dipl. OM

After almost two decades of working as an engineer for a large and well-known company with international operations, my health and well-being were being affected adversely by too many hours, too much foreign and domestic travel and considerable pressure and stress.

While well intentioned, western medicine’s response was to treat my chronic symptoms with medications that provided temporary relief, albeit with side effects, but with no effective and sustainable cure.

Almost 15 years ago, I adopted Austin, a German Shepherd dog with severe allergies. Western veterinarian medicine, while expensive and time-consuming, was relatively ineffective. A friend suggested I take Austin to a local veterinarian who treated animals with acupuncture. Although I was skeptical, I made an appointment, only to be pleasantly surprised by the almost immediate results. Austin’s incessant scratching subsided and he no longer needed steroids.img handpressure

My curiosity was piqued, and almost a decade ago, members of my family turned to acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine with remarkable results. Western medicine had not been effective.

To share this amazing healing system with others, I decided to leave my long-time career to return to school for my Master of Science in Oriental Medicine. I enrolled in the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, one of the most rigorous, four-year academic programs in the country.

After my clinical internship and graduation, I obtained my Acupuncture license for the state of Illinois, and established my practice near my home in central Lake County, IL. It is the most rewarding career choice I could have made, and I am committed to sharing the gifts of this medicine with you.


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  • Laurel's Bone Spur

    I presented with intense heel pain related to a bone spur that had not responded to traditional western protocols. Vel achieved what western medicine couldn’t—dialing down the pain quotient to a level that allows me to function normally. I appreciated his patient-centered approach and especially the proactive way he coordinated treatment with another practitioner to maximize my outcomes. Mr. Natarajan has the mind and manner of a true healer, one who listens to his patient, thinks about root cau…

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  • Ted's Osteoarthritis

    After seeing Vel for many months now I have come to learn that he is destined for a successful career as a acupuncture and herbal medicine practitioner. His patient care (bedside manner, if you will) is extraordinary as he takes all the time necessary to assess and consider treatment options, and it all seems to come naturally to him as a caring human being. My issues have been treated not only with a simple plan of needles but many other supplement procedures and Vel, nothing seems…

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  • Jenna's Digestion

    I was treated by Vel for a variety of symptoms, which I had suffered from for months. I was experiencing digestive issues (nausea, diarrhea), fatigue, muscle soreness, hormone imbalances (from going off birth control), mood swings and just general discomfort. During that time I also came down with a bad cough and cold. 
    In meeting Vel and his larger team, I was immediately impressed by his demeanor as a doctor. When listening to my symptoms he asked questions that helped me further explain…

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  • Mamie's Fatigue

    I came to Vel with chronic problems of fatigue, sore throat, dizziness, and nausea. He has been consistent in treating my superficial symptoms as well as getting to the root of the problem. I see him on a weekly basis and I can tell that I get stronger and stronger every time. His kindness and patience has meant the most to me. He understands that I have many layers of physical and emotional trauma that have built up over time. I feel safe in his care and my treatments with him give me hope that…

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  • Celeste's Numbness

    I had been having numbness and tingling in my right hand for years. Some days were worse than others and then it could be weeks when it was fine. I had an MRI and was told I had some bulging and some arthritis in the neck. I had PT for a while and it seemed to help but then it got to the point where I couldn’t even do any hand sewing for more than a couple of minutes before the hand was painful and numb. Since I sew for a living this was not good. I had heard about the great work Vel had done with o…

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  • Eric's Forearm

    After injuring my shoulder and forearm I experienced a gradual loss of range of motion and the ability to grasp. Simply shaking hands with someone caused a great deal of pain. Vel completed a health history, discussed the circumstances related to my injury and completed a hands on evaluation to determine that acupuncture could help to alleviate the pain, increase range of motion and allow the healing process to begin. Throughout, Vel provided thorough and easy to understand explanations of each…

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  • Patsy's Shoulder

    I want to put in a strong recommendation for Vel Natarajan's acupuncture treatments. I have known Vel over 9 years and have found him to be one of the smartest and most sensible humans I know. So when I heard Vel was leaving the business world to study acupuncture and oriental medicine, I definitely took notice.

    If Vel thought oriental medicine was legit, it must be.
 Overcoming my innate fear of needles and pain, I decided to try acupuncture...

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