It wasn’t long ago that one could look high and low for a reiki practitioner in Omaha. And just as hard to find an acupuncturist, herbalist, psychic healer or numerologist. Don’t even look for an energy healer.

Fast forward to 2013 and there is an ample supply of healers practicing holistic, natural and traditional therapies in Omaha and this weekend it will be very easy to find some. Just visit the CenturyLink convention center on Saturday and Sunday for two days of the sixth annual Omaha Health Expo, the largest convocation of healers in the region.

If you’ve ever wanted to find out about a traditional therapy based in medical systems developed over thousands of years, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine or Ayurveda; ever wondered if you could tap into your own intuitive subconscious mind to improve your health or even delve into the occult sciences, the Omaha Health Expo will give you the chance to explore alternatives to drugs, surgery or other convention. If you have wondered about the benefits of herbal supplements, nutritional changes or the future of marijuana as a healing potion — there will be people at the Expo to answer your questions. If you’re asking, “Should we have our newborn son circumcised or not?” you’ll find someone to speak with at the NOCIRC booth. With over 300 exhibitors on both days, you’ll find more than enough to pique your interest and keep you informed. We couldn’t resist listing some of the booths you’ll see.

Acupuncture and more Stop by the Omaha Healing Arts Center booth to find out if acupuncture can help you with back pain, childbirth, allergies — you name it. Acupuncture is a medical intervention that has successfully treated ailments for thousands of years and has only made its way to the United States over the last 50 years or so. The OM Center can also inform about massage, chiropractic, life coaching, herbology and more.

Eat better to be well. Could the traditional way of raising cattle lead to more healthful beef for your table? Science says, “Yes,” and you can find out more by visiting the booth of Thankful Harvest, a farm north of Omaha that raises beef cattle the old-fashioned way: grass fed. The science is indisputable: grass fed has a better nutritional profile and the incidence of E. Coli is nearly unheard of. The trend in dining is toward grass fed. The reason is it’s healthier and tastier.

NORML-Nebraska With 18 states and the District of Columbia supporting marijuana use for medical purposes (and outright recreational use legal in at least two states,) the noble herb is taking its legitimate place as a medical adjunct. This year, the Nebraska chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) will sponsor a booth at the Expo. Visitors will learn more about an herb that has been used medicinally for thousands of years and in a multitude of cultures.

Homeopathy with renowned homeopath Ellen Bench, master clinician from Missoula, Mont. will be a featured lecture.

NOCIRC Nebraska There is much disinformation about circumcision. NOCIRC is the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Center and could answer the question, “If surgically removing part of the female genitalia at birth is criminal mutilation why is it acceptable to do it to a male?”

Buddha Maitreya Healing Tools Always one of the most popular booths at the Expo, this booth helps you understand the role energy plays in healing. Hey, humans are made of pure energy. Why not heal that way? One of the most peaceful booths at the Expo.

Intuitive and Psychic Healing There is more to the human condition than what we can measure with machines or blood tests. Part of our mind is subconscious and exists on a level not always acknowledged. Several psychics, including the always-popular Psychic Andy and Psychic Kelli will be present to help you connect with your inner healer.

Detox those toes. Practitioners from Transitional Therapy will be on hand to demonstrate how toxins can be released from the body with a simple footbath technique. There’s a reason bathing the feet dates to biblical times. And toxins are not a trifling thing. You don’t need them and should get rid of them!

Hypnosis You’re getting happy. Verrry happy. There will be enough hypnotherapists on hand at the Expo to keep you deeply entranced. Chat with Tom Tyrakoski or the folks from A-1 Hypnosis to find out what’s on your mind.

Nutrition with a purpose from No Name Nutrition, the oldest family owned health food store in Omaha, since 1976. The Hurley family is proud to provide real answers to health food, vitamin and supplement questions.

Those are just a few of the practitioners who will be on hand and it doesn’t begin to cover the fitness aspect of the Expo. There will be a biathlon event, a Senior Living Area, a Spa and beauty exhibit and over 50 breakout discussion groups. Keynote speakers on the hour with information for all. And admission is free. See you there.

Be well.

Heartland Healing is a New Age polemic describing alternatives to conventional methods of healing the body, mind and planet. It is provided as information and entertainment, certainly not medical advice. It is not an endorsement of any particular therapy, either by the writer or The Reader. Visit for more information.

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