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.
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.