Alternative Therapies

A formula offering whole herbs and whole plant extracts that work together to offer relief and support whole body balance can be consumed in a few capsules a day.

Alternative Therapies

The Louisiana Association for Therapeutic Alternatives was founded by the patients, pharmacists, doctors, and business professionals who worked to help create Louisiana’s medical cannabis system. Through that experience, the LATA founders were exposed to a different way of approaching disease management, utilizing both traditional and non- traditional remedies.

LATA was formed to advocate for the implementation of a strong, well-regulated, therapeutic cannabis system that puts medicine and patients first. However, we are not focused on cannabis as the single therapy for improved health outcomes, but on plant-based medicines, activity, diet, nutrition, social determinants of health, and pharmacist/physician patient care coordination.

LATA is committed to uniting best practices from traditional medicine and non-traditional therapies for enhanced patient outcomes. We want to help combat the stigma that surrounds herbal therapies, including medical cannabis, and to help further integrate plant-based medicines within mainstream healthcare.

LATA is supported by legal experts, patient advocates and healthcare leaders as a resource in developing policy which will lead to a healthier Louisiana.


Acupuncture enjoys moderate to strong evidence of effectiveness in the treatment of 46 conditions and is considered safe in the hands of properly trained practitioners. This strong scientific support is impressive and helpful for patients in the context of a conventional healthcare system where nearly half of all treatments lack evidence for their use. Acupuncture is also considered cost- effective for a number of conditions where evidence is available. Comparatively, for many conditions it enjoys greater evidence than many conventional treatments and is relatively safer. Patients, medical professionals, and healthcare administrators can be confident that the recommendation of acupuncture for many patients is a safe, cost-effective, and evidence-based recommendation.

Research into acupuncture as a medical treatment has grown exponentially in the past 20 years, increasing at twice the rate of research into conventional biomedicine. Over this period, there have been over 13,000 studies conducted in 60 countries, including hundreds of meta-analyses summarizing the results of thousands of human and animal studies. A wide-variety of clinical areas have been studied, including pain, cancer, pregnancy, stroke, mood disorders, sleep disorders and inflammation, to name a few.

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Doctor of Chiropractic (DCs) treat an estimated 35 million Americans annually. DC’s practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are perhaps best known for their expertise in the use of spinal manipulation; however, they are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, and to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. Chiropractic services are included in most health insurance plans.

Available research studies and reviews suggest that the services provided by chiropractic physicians are both safe and effective. Below are excerpts from a few recent studies. To find more research supporting chiropractic services, visit the World Federation of Chiropractic’s Reading List and the Clinical Compass for both guidelines and research.

For Acute and Chronic Pain
“Given that most patients with acute or subacute low back pain improve over time regardless of treatment, clinicians and patients should select nonpharmacologic treatment with superficial heat (moderate-quality evidence), massage, acupuncture, or spinal manipulation (low-quality evidence). If pharmacologic treatment is desired, clinicians and patients should select nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or skeletal muscle relaxants (moderate-quality evidence).” – American College of Physicians (2017)

“For patients with chronic low back pain, clinicians and patients should initially select nonpharmacologic treatment with exercise, multidisciplinary rehabilitation, acupuncture, mindfulness-based stress reduction (moderate- quality evidence), tai chi, yoga, motor control exercise, progressive relaxation, electromyography biofeedback, low-level laser therapy, operant therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, or spinal manipulation (low-quality evidence).”  – American College of Physicians (2017)

“Many treatments are available for low back pain. Often exercises and physical therapy can help. Some people benefit from chiropractic therapy or acupuncture.” – Goodman et al. (2013), Journal of the American Medical Association

“[Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy] in conjunction with [standard medical care] offers a significant advantage for decreasing pain and improving physical functioning when compared with only standard care, for men and women between 18 and 35 years of age with acute low back pain.” – Goertz et al. (2013), Spine

For Headaches
“Cervical spine manipulation was associated with significant improvement in headache outcomes in trials involving patients with neck pain and/or neck dysfunction and headache.” – McCrory, Penzlen, Hasselblad, Gray (2001), Duke Evidence Report

“The results of this study show that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches. . . Four weeks after cessation of treatment . . . the patients who received spinal manipulative therapy experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in all major outcomes in contrast to the patients that received amitriptyline therapy, who reverted to baseline values.” – Boline et al. (1995), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

For Neck Pain
In a study funded by NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to test the effectiveness of different approaches for treating mechanical neck pain, 272 participants were divided into three groups that received either spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) from a doctor of chiropractic (DC), pain medication (over-the-counter pain relievers, narcotics and muscle relaxants) or exercise recommendations. After 12 weeks, about 57 percent of those who met with DCs and 48 percent who exercised reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, compared to 33 percent of the people in the medication group. After one year, approximately 53 percent of the drug-free groups continued to report at least a 75 percent reduction in pain; compared to just 38 percent pain reduction among those who took medication. – Bronfort et al. (2012), Annals of Internal Medicine

Plant Based Medicine

Herbs often offer polyvalent action –providing a number of angles for  approaching treatment simultaneously, through multiple active constituents. For example, when there are multiple antioxidant constituents in a plant, they are more effective in reducing the damaging effects of oxidation. Polyvalent action is prevalent in uses of the common wild herb plantain. It grows extensively throughout the United States. Native Americans were familiar with its many benefits and used it for a variety of purposes. One example of its use: When bruised leaves are applied as a poultice on an insect bite or sting, the effects include: anti-inflammatory, astringent and antiseptic.

Kava is another common herbal remedy that’s made from the roots of Piper methysticum — a type of plant found in the islands of the Pacific Ocean. People who live on Pacific islands like Fiji and Tonga have used it for hundreds of years in social gatherings and traditional medicine. They dry out the roots or crush them into a powder. Then they add water and drink the mixture. Kava contains substances called kavapyrones. They act much like alcohol on your brain, making you feel calm, relaxed, and happy. The plant is also thought to relieve pain, prevent seizures, and relax muscles. Kava has been used to treat a number of conditions, including: Anxiety, Stress, Insomnia, Premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Synergy is also achieved by combining herbs to enhance or modify their effect. A formula offering whole herbs and whole plant extracts that work together to offer relief and support whole body balance can be consumed in a few capsules a day. This is much more convenient, and therefore more likely to be used consistently, than downing a host of pills offering individual nutritional components.

While scientific research has largely contributed to the rise in pharmaceutical drugs, it is also expanding our understanding of the effectiveness of medicinal herbs and how they actually, mechanically effect our body organs and systems. The more we learn, the more we confirm that medicinal herbs used in ancient healing traditions are, indeed, healing.

Pharmacy & Physician Locator

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Region 1

H & W Drug Store
1667 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Dr. Peter Candelora, MD
3900 N. Causeway Boulevard
Ste. 1200
Metairie, LA 70002
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Spectrum Neurology Center
Dr. Alexis Carimi
Spectrum Neurology Center
3409 Division Street
Metairie, LA 70002

Dr. Eric Ehlenberger, MD
2401 Veterans Boulevard
Kenner, LA 70062

Louisiana Pain Specialists
Dr. Joshua Kaufman, MD
3434 Houma Boulevard
Ste. 301
Metairie, LA 70006

3439 Prytania Street
Ste. 501
New Orleans, LA 70115

McKenna General Medical LLC
Dr. Dwight McKenna, MD
1827 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70119

Podesta Wellness
Dr. Arwen Podesta
Podesta Wellness
4322 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70119

Oak Street Medical
Dr. Radha Raman, MD
8708 Oak Street
New Orleans, LA 70118

Dr. Stephanie Seasly, MD
3440 Division Street
Metairie, LA 70002

Zen Acupuncture
Lihua Zhang, MD
3004 19th Street
Metairie, LA 70002

Green Leaf Medical Center
51 Holmes Blvd Suite A
Terrytown, LA 70056

Region 2

Capitol Wellness Solutions
7491 Picardy Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Dr. Leone Elliot
Medical Marijuana Baton Rouge
3488 Brentwood Drive, Suites 102 & 103
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Dr. Victor Chou
Medical Marijuana Clinic of Louisiana
12525 Perkins Rd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

The Healing Clinics
11715 Bricksome Ave. Suite A-6
Baton Rouge, LA 70816

Region 3

Green Leaf Dispensary
6048 W Park Ave.
Houma, LA 70364

The Healing Clinics
209 Bayou Gardens Blvd, Suite S
Houma, LA 70364

Dr. Jonathan Allen
Green Medical Solutions
801 Barrow St #420
Houma, LA 70360

Dr. K. Gerald Haydel
Raceland - 502 Barrow St
Houma, LA 70360

Region 4

The Apothecary Shoppe

620 Guilbeau Rd Suite A
Lafayette, LA 70506

Green RX - Dr. Cher Aymond

4605 N University Ave.
Carencro, LA 70520

Dr. Geoffery Mire
202 Westgate Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70506

The Healing Clinics
850 Kaliste Saloom Road, Suite 103
Lafayette, LA 70508

Region 5

Medicis Pharmacy
1727 Imperial Blvd Building 4
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Modern Medicine (Dan Butler, MD)
1924 Southwood Dr.
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Anand Roy, MD
1000 Walters St.
Lake Charles, LA 70607

Region 6

The Medicine Cabinet Pharmacy
403 Bolton Ave.
Alexandria, LA 71301

Region 7

Hope Pharmacy
1410 Kings Hwy Suite A
Shreveport, LA 71103

The Healing Clinics
745 Olive Street, Suite 202
Shreveport, LA 71104

Region 8

Delta Medmar
111 McMillan Rd.
West Monroe, LA 71291

The Healing Clinics
100 South Second Street
Monroe, LA 71201

Region 9

Willow Pharmacy
1519 LA-22 #5
Madisonville, LA 70447

Cypress Pointe Pain Management
Dr. Chad Domangue
Dr. Jonathan Thompson
19184 Dr John Lambert Dr #103
Hammond, LA 70403

Cypress Pointe Pain Management
Dr. Chad Domangue
Dr. Jonathan Thompson
76 Starbrush Cir.
Covington, LA 70433

Cypress Pointe Pain Management
Dr. Chad Domangue
Dr. Jonathan Thompson
1570 Lindberg Dr #4
Slidell, LA 70458

Paradise on Columbia
Dr. Michael Haas
200 N Columbia St.
Covington, LA 70433

Dr. Candice Knight
2033 N Hwy 190 #16
Covington, LA 70433

Urgent Care of Slidell
Dr. Stephanie Seasly
360 Gateway Dr Suite B
Slidell, LA 70461


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