Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is growing at a rapid rate across the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the reasons for this growth are attributed to the strong desire for people to take control of their own health and well-being and their dissatisfaction with just conventional medicine.  Complementary medicine is defined as “healing practice that does not fall within the realm of conventional medicine but can be used in conjunction with conventional medicine.” 

According to the National Institute of Health, people of all backgrounds use CAM. CAM use among adults is greater among women and those with higher levels of education and higher incomes. Nearly 50% of the population between the ages 50-69 use CAM for an array of diseases and conditions. 

Our vision is a community that integrates complementary alternative medicine into universal health care.

WindHorse, a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, has been providing Healing Arts services to the Southwest Virginia/Southern West Virginia area since March 2002 with the mission to create an environment of healing and peace where anyone can receive a variety of healing arts designed to balance the mind, body and spirit. 

"WindHorse" is the literal translation of the Tibetan word lungta. Lung means "wind" and ta means "horse." This wind of energy and delight creates harmony in our lives as we create sacred space within and around our selves and empower ourselves to contribute positively to our world.

WindHorse has provided voluntary community outreach services:

  • As a crisis response team for McDowell County Flood Survivors donating disaster services to the community
  • Community Health Fairs with Healing Arts “Demos”: Bluestone Health Services, Bland County Medical Clinic, Mercer County Health Department, Princeton Health & Fitness and Bluefield State College
  • Community events: “Open Barn Day” at Coppercrest Farm, Wytheville, Virginia (Equine therapy), Altogether Arts, Earth Day, Culturefest
  • Children’s programs: Child Law Services, Learning Day Camp, Make a Difference Day, C.A.S.E. program for at-risk teens 
  • Educational Seminars on healing arts modalities: Bluefield State College, Bluefield College, Bluefield Regional Medical Center and Princeton Community Hospital
  • Workshops: Chronic Pain Management and Fibromyalgia, Issues with Death and Dying, Stress Management, and Pathways to Inner Peace

WindHorse has provided CAM volunteer practitioners in a variety of modalities: cranio-sacral therapy, massage, reflexology, therapeutic touch, Reiki, equine therapy, deep breathing exercises, guided imagery, hypnosis, meditation, Alexander Technique, progressive relaxation, counseling, Qi gong, and yoga in an effort to reduce stress levels of the participants. Thousands of volunteer hours have been donated for design and coordination of educational seminars and community events. Additionally, professional CAM providers have donated over a thousand hours for clients that cannot afford to pay.