With a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities, traditional and alternative health care options, not to mention a farm-to-table approach to nutrition and a laid-back, creative atmosphere, it's no wonder greenerideal.com named Asheville one of the Top Five Healthiest and Greenest Cities in America.
While Asheville has a reputation for its homeopathic and holistic healing choices, the city also has state-of-the-art traditional medical facilities, including Mission Health System. Asheville's Mission Hospital offers cancer, heart and neurology services as well as a comprehensive range of gynecological and pediatric care services and is the region's only Level II Trauma Center.
Park Ridge Health, the region's only faith-based hospital, has a history of community outreach and a commitment to the city's wellness. The hospital hosts free health screenings, support groups, and educational classes and workshops. Park Ridge offers services in more than 30 areas of care, including orthopedics and sports medicine.
Another option for Asheville residents is CarePartners, which provides rehabilitation, home health, adult care and hospice services for patients throughout western North Carolina.
The Charles George VA Medical Center serves veterans in western North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and eastern Tennessee, offering preventative and general care as well as mental health services, rehabilitation and treatment for spinal cord injuries.
The Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts offers a four-year master’s degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine as well as a certificate in Chinese herbal medicine. Students hold acupuncture clinics for the public, with services offered at a reduced rate. The school's herbal dispensary is also open to the public. Asheville Salt Cave is a place of therapeutic rest and healing, offering salt therapy and massage as well as special events for meditation, sound healing and yoga. Still Point Wellness, a healing arts spa, offers salt water floatation, massage, yoga therapy and meditation.
Other Places of Zen
OM Sanctuary, a holistic education retreat, promotes balance of the mind and body through a series of seminars, workshops, nature excursions and holistic treatments. Other relaxation sanctuaries include Shoji Retreats, Suraj Spa, Asheville Therapeutic Massage and The Omni Grove Park Inn, which in 2013 was named one of the Top 20 Resort Spas in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler.
Sometimes you need medical help in a hurry. Access fast, convenient care at Sisters of Mercy Urgent Care Centers in four locations, FastMed Urgent Care, Park Ridge Health South and Mission Pardee Health Campus in Arden.