Glossary and Links to Complementary/Alternative Therapies

Active Muscular Relaxation Techniques Acupressure Acupuncture Alexander Technique Amino Acid Therapy Animal-Assisted Therapy Applied Kinesiology Applied Physiology Aromatherapy Art Therapy Aston-Patterning Aura Therapy Auriculotherapy Autogenic Training Ayurveda

Dance Therapy Detoxification Therapy Diet Drama Therapy Dream Therapy

Electrotherapy Energy Medicine Environmental Medicine Enzyme Therapy Exercise Management

Bibliotherapy Bioenergetics Biofeedback Biological Dentistry Bodywork Bowen Technique

Fasting Feldenkrais Method Feng Shui Flower Essence Therapy/Bach Flower Remedies

Cell Therapy Chakra Balancing Chelation Therapy Chiropractic Colonic Hydrotherapy Color Therapy Craniosacral Therapy Crystal Healing Cupping

Gerson Therapy Guided Imagery

Hawaiian Healing Practice Hellerwork Herbal Therapies Holistic Medicine Homeopathy Humor Therapy Huna Hydrotherapy Hyperthermia Hypnotherapy


Osteopathy Oxygen/Ozone Therapy

Phytoestrogen Therapy Poetry Therapy Polarity Therapy Prayer and Spiritual Healing Prolotherpy Psychotherapy

Journal Therapy Juice Therapy

Kampo Medicine


Light Therapy Lomilomi

Reflexology Reiki Rolfing Rosen Method

Magnetic Therapy Massage Therapy Meditation Mind/Body Medicine Moxibustion Music Therapy

Shamanism Shiatsu Spiritual Healing and Prayer

Native American Medicine Naturopathic Medicine Neural Therapy Nutrition

Tai Chi Chuan Therapeutic Touch Tibetan Medicine Traditional African Medicine Traditional Chinese Medicine

Orthomolecular Medicine



connect the energy flow to organs and corresponding physiological systems. organizations. Points on the body. etc. March 3.Honolulu Advertiser. During therapy.Honolulu Advertiser. May 3.therapy review • MEDLINEplus . Anderson Cancer Center . acupuncture is based on a bioelectric medical system in which energy in the body travels along pathways called meridians. Acupressure. Acupuncture points are specific locations along the meridians where each point affects the vital energy. February 11.Factsheets.Honolulu Advertiser. called acupuncture points. elbows. (3) ACUPRESSURE Acupressure is an ancient health care practice that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body's natural selfcurative abilities. Active muscular relaxation techniques utilize resisted isometric contractions of the overactive muscle or its antagonist (the one opposing its action). • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Acupuncture Clinical Trials • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Acupuncture Information and Resources • National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine .Cochrane reviews • M. 2002 • Acupuncture works in less-mysterious ways . that passes through it. uses the power and sensitivity of human touch. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points. (12) • Links: • Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance • Acupuncture can help enhance quality of life . or qi energy. 2002 • Acupuncture's popularity ignites state licensing tussle . Disease and other health problems occur when there is a disruption in this energy flow.Acupuncture .ACTIVE MUSCULAR RELAXATION TECHNIQUES Active muscular relaxation techniques are a powerful new approach to bodywork used for relaxing overactive muscles and managing soft tissue pain from trauma or poor posture. acupuncture practitioners stimulate acupuncture points. arms and feet in some techniques). 2002 • American Academy of Medical Acupuncture • American Cancer Society . (10) • Links: • Acupressure Institute ACUPUNCTURE As in other forms of Oriental medicine.Medical Acupuncture • Informed Health Online . The objective of this procedure is to relax and/or lengthen (stretch) the overactive muscle. the older of the two traditions.Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture .Acupuncture .Acupuncture • eMedicine . usually by needles or through other methods such as acupressure massage or moxibustion.D. but acupuncture employs needles whereas acupressure uses a gentle but firm pressure of the hands (as well as the fists.

Applied Kinesiology • International College of Applied Kinesiology . amino acid supplements can be used to treat a variety of illnesses. it is possible to get a "readout" of energy related to a particular organ or body system. It is an art and science which seeks to explore the physiological. In conjunction with vitamins and minerals. inhibiting habits that cause tension or pain and replacing them with those that help his or her body to function more efficiently. (11) • Links: • Delta Society . mind and spirit.USA Chapter APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY Applied physiology uses the science and art of muscle/fascial monitoring to learn about states of stress in the body.The Human-Animal Health Connection APPLIED KINESIOLOGY Applied kinesiology (AK) is a form of diagnosis using muscle testing as a primary feedback mechanism to examine how a person’s body is functioning. psychological and spiritual realm of the individual's . Certain specific muscles are related to various organs and body systems through the acupuncture meridian network. (3) AROMATHERAPY Aromatherapy can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance. it provides an interdisciplinary approach to health care. or pills are referred to as free-form amino acids.Alexander Technique . Supplements of pure amino acids in the form of powder.Amino Acids ANIMAL-ASSISTED THERAPY Animal-assisted therapy is a goal-directed intervention in which an animal that meets specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process. (3) • Links: • American Cancer Society . (18) • Links: • American Cancer Society . (17) • Links: • Alexander Technique International • American Society for the Alexander Technique • Informed Health Online . Since AK draws together the core elements of many complementary therapies. By monitoring a specific muscle. It is used to allow a person to pattern his or her body's movement. including many physical and mental disorders. capsules.ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE The Alexander technique is a method used to help people illuminate their unconscious patterns of body tension and correct habits that cause physical and emotional problems.Cochrane reviews AMINO ACID THERAPY Amino acid therapy is the use of "free form" amino acids for various therapeutic purposes. harmonize and promote the health of body. the outcome of an AK diagnosis will determine the best form of therapy for the patient. When properly applied.

Auriculotherapists believe that healing processes can be promoted by working with these points on the ear. (10) • Links: • Aston Enterprises AURA THERAPY Aura therapy is a healing technique based on reading a person's aura.Aromatherapy • Informed Health Online . also called ear acupuncture.Aromatherapy . Through creating art and talking about art and the process of art making with an art therapist. (3) AYURVEDA . because the ear contains many blood vessels and nerve endings that. also known as Autogenics. enhance cognitive abilities.Cochrane reviews • National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy ART THERAPY Art therapy is based on the belief that the creative process involved in the making of art is healing and life-enhancing. matching human function to its environment. influence the organs and bodily functions. or vital energy field. which consciously focuses the creative power of the mind on relaxation and awareness. cope with symptoms. (14) AURICULOTHERAPY Auriculotherapy. and our interaction with the physical properties of the planet and our environment) to human movement. its uniqueness lies partly in its comprehensive approach to the whole individual rather than seeing the body as separate parts.Art Therapy • Art Therapy Credentials Board • Informed Health Online . There are several variations of treatment. and ergonomics. is a system of simple mental (meditative) exercises. stress. when stimulated. It promotes deep relaxation. (20) • Links: • American Cancer Society .Cochrane reviews ASTON-PATTERNING Aston-Patterning is the application of the Aston paradigm (perceptions about our bodies' natural form and function. As a form of therapy.response to aromatic extracts as well as to observe and enhance the individual's innate healing process. and then treating diseases revealed by the aura color or colors. and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of artistic creativity. our processes of learning and selfexpression.Art Therapy . It is designed to switch off the "fight or flight" response and invoke the rest. and self-regulation. but therapy emphasizes manipulating the aura energy back into a positive balance. one can increase awareness of self. applies the principles of acupuncture to specific points on the ear. and traumatic experiences. (6) • Links: • American Art Therapy Association • American Cancer Society . bodywork. (14) AUTOGENIC TRAINING Autogenic training. and recreation system within the body. greater awareness. self-discovery. relaxation.

Once this is reestablished the need for the body to communicate disharmony diminishes. (4) • Links: • American Cancer Society . Some of the goals of bibliotherapy include developing self-concept. and healing has occurred.Ayurveda • The Ayurvedic Institute • National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine B BIBLIOTHERAPY Bibliotherapy uses literature to promote mental health by fostering growth and development. It refers to any process that measures and reports back information immediately about the biological system of the person being monitored so he or she can learn to consciously influence that system. it is believed that the body and the mind are functionally identical. symptoms dissipate.Bioenergetics BIOFEEDBACK Biofeedback training is a method of learning how to consciously regulate bodily functions that are normally unconscious (such as breathing.Ayurveda is based on the premise that disease is the natural end result of living out of harmony with our environment. With this understanding of disease. relieving emotional or mental strain. "Natural" is an important word because Ayurveda understands that symptoms of disease are the body’s normal way of communicating disharmony. Ayurveda's approach to healing becomes obvious: To reestablish harmony between the self and the environment. In Bioenergetic theory. (12) BIOENERGETICS Bioenergetics is a method of studying and understanding the human personality in terms of the body and its energetic processes. and helping an individual to express and discuss problems more easily. What happens in the mind reflects what is happening in the body and vice versa. heart rate. (3) • Links: • American Cancer Society .Ayurvedic Interventions for Diabetes Mellitus • American Cancer Society . It is a therapeutic technique that utilizes many bodywork methods and exercises to help an individual become aware of tensions in the body and release them through appropriate movement. and it serves as a preventive tool in mental health therapy. Bioenergetics also involves verbal exploration of emotional conflicts and their relationship to an individual's personal history.Biofeedback • Association for Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback • Biofeedback Certification Institute of America BIOLOGICAL DENTISTRY . and blood pressure) in order to improve overall health. (10) • Links: • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality .

By utilizing various methods. and a mental. or spiritual feeling. counteract the effects of aging. and pain while correcting joint mobility.Biological dentistry stresses the use of nontoxic restoration materials for dental work. (4) • Links: • American Cancer Society . and treat a variety of degenerative diseases. It is used to stimulate healing. the obstructed energy in the chakras can be balanced and harmonized. and bioenergetic therapies. improved blood and lymphatic circulation. (4) • Links: • American Cancer Society . movement awareness. (3) CHELATION THERAPY Chelation therapy is an intravenous treatment designed to bind heavy metals in the body in order to treat heavy metal toxicity. and connective tissue manipulation on reflex and acupuncture points to release stress. and serve as channels of communication between an individual's inner nature or subtle body and physical body. or area of the body. and promoting deep relaxation.Biological Dentistry • Holistic Dental Association BODYWORK The term bodywork refers to a wide range of therapies. which are employed to improve the structure and functioning of the body. (12) C CELL THERAPY Cell therapy promotes physical regeneration through the injection of healthy cellular material into the body. The benefits of bodywork in all its forms include pain reduction. Proponents claim it also treats coronary artery disease and other illnesses that may be linked to damage from free radicals (reactive molecules). There are seven chakras and each has a particular gland. relief of musculoskeletal tension. muscle spasms.Cell Therapy CHAKRA BALANCING Chakra balancing is the clearing of energy blocks from the chakras. such as massage. this therapeutic technique helps people eliminate pain and experience feelings of well-being. organ. and normalizing the nervous system. tendon. Chakras are like relay stations for the vital Life Force energy. emotional. By balancing energy flow. (4) • Links: • American Cancer Society . and focuses on the unrecognized impact that dental toxins and hidden dental infections can have on overall health. deep tissue manipulation.Bodywork • National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork BOWEN TECHNIQUE The Bowen Technique is a soft tissue bodywork and vibrational energy therapy that helps to facilitate the body's own healing resources. Bowen uses a painless procedure of muscle. stimulating lymphatic and circulation systems. (14) .

Cochrane reviews • International Chiropractors Association • MEDLINEplus .Colon Therapy COLOR THERAPY Color therapy.Chelation Therapy ClinicalTrials. (12) • Links: • American Cancer Society . (17) • Links: • American Cancer Society . is the practice of cleansing of the large intestine with warm purified water. It postulates that malfunction in any aspect of the individual can be attributed to subluxations. It also softens and loosens waste for easier elimination.• • • • • Links: American Cancer Society .Craniosacral Therapy . chiropractic subscribes to the basic principle that the immune system will function perfectly and maintain the person in robust. This process hydrates the waste and the body. is based on the premise that certain colors are infused with healing energies. also known as chromatherapy.Cochrane reviews CHIROPRACTIC Chiropractic is a mode of bodywork that promotes self-healing by manipulating the spine so as to remove blocks in the transmission of nerve impulses from the brain through the spinal nerve and out to all parts of the body. or colonic irrigation.Chelation Therapy . A single colonic treatment is said to be equivalent to several enemas in removing toxic debris from the colon. • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine . can carry nutrients and waste more efficiently. nerves. lymph. misalignments of the vertebrae that disturb the spinal nerves in their mediation of mind and body.About Chiropractic and Its Use in Treating Low-Back Pain • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Chiropractic Therapy Clinical Trials COLONIC HYDROTHERAPY Colonic hydrotherapy. so that bodily fluids.Chiropractic .Chiropractic • American Chiropractic Association • Informed Health Online . also known as colonics. The therapy uses the seven colors of the rainbow to promote balance and healing in the mind and body. (14) • Links: • American Cancer Society . good health as long as misalignments of the spine do not constrict the nervous system. .Chelation Therapy American Heart Association Recommendation . such as blood.Factsheets. which includes the bones.Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT) Informed Health Online . and mucus. high colonics. organizations.Chiropractic and Manual Therapy . etc. (14) CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY Craniosacral therapy is a holistic healing practice that uses very light touching to balance the craniosacral system in the body. and connective tissues of the cranium and spinal area. fluids.

facilitating elimination of waste products. and the strategically placed crystals help to stimulate energy flow through these centers. cognitive. (10) DIET Diet plays a central role in a person's overall health. to restore energy in the body. it is important to pay attention not only to what foods are eaten. but achieving a good diet is not as simple as it sounds.Crystals CUPPING Cupping is a technique used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for certain health conditions. It is based on the premise that crystals are energy converters that can turn vibrations from the body into electrical fields or charges. and holding them. During treatment. the use of additives and other chemicals. (12) • Links: • American Cancer Society . placing them around the home. (4) • Links: • American Dietetic Association DRAMA THERAPY . and toxins contaminating the food supply. crystals are placed along points on the body called chakras in Ayurvedic medicine or meridians in Oriental medicine. Eating the right foods no longer insures proper health due to over-farming the land where food is grown (causing nutrient loss). Therefore.Dance Therapy • American Dance Therapy Association DETOXIFICATION THERAPY Detoxification relies on the body's inherent ability to cleanse itself if given the opportunity. usually cut from quartz. which is believed to influence the flow of energy and blood in the body. Glass or bamboo cups are placed on the skin with suction. but also to how that food was grown before it reached the table. These points are energy centers that regulate the flow of energy in the body. and easing back into a healthier diet and lifestyle with rebuilding the body's nutrition.Cupping D DANCE THERAPY Dance/Movement therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process which furthers the emotional. Some simpler forms of crystal therapy involve wearing crystals. (14) • Links: • American Cancer Society . excessive food processing. (7) • Links: • American Cancer Society . The process of detoxification therefore involves three aspects: initiating the cleansing process with a program that avoids toxin intake.CRYSTAL HEALING Crystal healing is the use of crystals. social and physical integration of the individual.

molds. chemicals. also known as energy therapy or biofield therapeutics. Factors such as dust.Electroacupuncture • American Cancer Society . (17) DREAM THERAPY Dream therapy is the use of dreams and the dream state to accomplish physical and emotional healing. (4) • Links: • American Academy of Environmental Medicine • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences ENZYME THERAPY Enzyme therapy is a plan of dietary supplements of plant and animal enzymes used to facilitate the digestive process and improve the body’s ability to maintain balanced metabolism. or otherwise disturbed. eliciting muscle contractions and overriding pain messages. help to reduce pain and stimulate muscle repair. Energy therapists attempt to restore health by first detecting and then removing the blockages. (3) E ELECTROTHERAPY Electrotherapy is the use of electrical stimulation devices to stimulate the peripheral nervous system. This creative arts therapy helps people improve their sense of self-worth by discovering their own inner resources and by learning how to function better in groups. and certain foods may cause allergic reactions that can dramatically influence diseases ranging from asthma and hay fever to headaches and depression. (1) • Links: • International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE Environmental medicine explores the role of dietary and environmental allergens in health and illness. Two techniques.Drama therapy combines techniques from drama and theater with techniques from psychotherapy in an action-based method that helps people find solutions for social and emotional problems. (12) • Links: • American Cancer Society . is based on the premise that the human body is composed of various energy fields and that people fall ill when the energy in those fields becomes blocked. called transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES). out of balance. The various processes associated with dreams have been put under the generalized term of "dreamwork". It involves both the interpretation of information obtained while dreaming and the active participation in the dream process through a technique called lucid dreaming.Electromagnetic Therapy ENERGY MEDICINE Energy medicine. (14) • Links: .

improve your flexibility and coordination. therapeutic fasting is a form of body maintenance for wellnourished people that contributes to health and longevity and helps balance the toxicity that arises through common diets and drug intake.Feng Shui • Feng Shui Institute of America FLOWER ESSENCE THERAPY/BACH FLOWER REMEDIES Flower essence therapy is a form of vibrational medicine that uses dilute substances.• American Cancer Society . in a way that promotes harmony. Treatment involves ingesting water and other liquids to cleanse the body’s systems. colon. Therapy involves a set of procedures. (13) • Links: • Feldenkrais Educational Foundation of North America FENG SHUI Feng shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy and spiritual practice of arranging environments. These improvements will often generalize to enhance functioning in other aspects of your life. is a holistic and therapeutic approach to rehabilitation. kidneys. (12) • Links: • American Cancer Society . The healing power . prosperity. sinuses. and rediscover your innate capacity for graceful. and good health. known as chi. The fasting process allows the digestive organs to rest.Enzyme Therapy EXERCISE MANAGEMENT Exercise management. lungs. preventive healthcare. (12) • Links: • American Council on Exercise • American Society of Exercise Physiologists F FASTING LINKS Generally. Feng shui practitioners believe that by properly designing certain environments. or fitness training. they can direct the energy in all living things. and skin. you can increase your ease and range of motion. such as body movement and muscle exertion.Fasting FELDENKRAIS METHOD The Feldenkrais Method is a form of Somatic Education that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement and enhance human functioning. (17) • Links: • American Cancer Society . derived from flowers. and it clears toxins from the blood and lymphatic systems that flow through organs such as the bladder. based on the idea that all living things in the universe are affected by the forces of nature in their environments. efficient movement. called flower essences. and lifestyle improvement. Through this Method. that improve functioning in unhealthy or disabled people.

water. which is derived through infusion. (17) • Links: • Academy for Guided Imagery • American Cancer Society .Gerson Therapy GUIDED IMAGERY Guided imagery is based on the principle that the imagination has the capacity to relieve pain and promote healing when it is optimistic and confident and. It helps to stimulate the immune system through a radical diet and nutritional manipulation that supplies the body with vitamins. meditation.Hawaiian Medicinal Plants • Hawaii Medical Library Resources . • Links: • Hawaii Medical Library Resources .Gerson Therapy • Gerson Institute • National Cancer Institute . Treatment usually involves consuming nutrients from fresh. food. which help the body eliminate the buildup of toxins accumulated through years of ingesting polluted air.Flower Remedies • Dr. minerals. (12) • Links: • American Cancer Society . (12) • Links: • American Cancer Society . and enzymes found in fresh fruits and vegetables (and their juices). exercise. Hellerwork makes the . inversely. can help trigger a breakdown when it is consumed by worry. or life force.of these substances comes from the energy. Edward Bach Centre • Flower Essence Society G GERSON THERAPY Gerson therapy is a diet and detoxification therapy that aims to restore the body's natural defenses and healing capacity. therapeutic massage. and it also involves enemas. and chemicals. found in the plant’s essence.Imagery H HAWAIIAN HEALING PRACTICE Traditional Hawaiian healing practice incorporates herbal medicines. The techniques of guided imagery are designed to teach individuals how to use their own powers of imagination to steer away from negative thoughts toward models of well-being. nutrients found in cooked foods. and spiritual cleansing. raw. and spirit. drugs. mind. organic juices continuously for several hours a day.Mala La'au: A Garden of Hawaiian Healing Plants HELLERWORK Hellerwork is a system of somatic education and structural bodywork which is based on the inseparability of body.

although on occasion they are employed as complementary or supportive therapy for acute and severe diseases. They generally contain several biologically active ingredients and are used primarily for treating chronic or mild conditions. rather than an example of a particular disease. and restores the body's natural balance from the inside out. and spirit.therapy review • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Questions and Answers about Homeopathy • National Center for Homeopathy HUMOR THERAPY Also known as laugh therapy or therapeutic humor.Homeopathy . and animal extracts that are highly diluted in a specific way that makes toxicity impossible and. In practice this means that every person is seen as a unique individual. In addition. (1) • Links: • Herbal Therapies HOLISTIC MEDICINE Holistic medicine is the art and science of healing that addresses the whole person .Homeopathy • American Institute of Homeopathy • Council for Homeopathic Certification • Informed Health Online . humor therapy is used to treat chronic illness.D. Healing therefore takes place naturally when these aspects of life are brought into proper balance. mind. paradoxically.body. and aims to take the edge off pain and stress by distracting people. spiritual. humor therapy . Disease is understood to be the result of physical. The remedies are prepared from plant.Homeopathy .Cochrane reviews • M. and bark.connection between movement and the body alignment. that is. emotional. roots. (1) • Links: • American Cancer Society . stems. and exudates (material that oozes out. stress. that substances causing specific symptoms in a healthy person can cure these symptoms in someone who is sick. Anderson Cancer Center . (15) • Links: • Hellerwork International HERBAL THERAPIES Herbal medicines are prepared from a wide variety of plant materials — frequently the leaves. and trauma. social and environmental imbalance. fruits. (8) • Links: • American Cancer Society . twigs. such as sap). but also the flowers.Holistic Medicine • American Holistic Health Association • American Holistic Medical Association • American Holistic Nurses Association HOMEOPATHY Homeopathy is a method of healing based on the idea that like cures like. increases their potential to cure. mineral. seeds. emotional problems.

Internal treatments consist of water taken internally as a cleansing agent. (12) • Links: • American Cancer Society . The act of laughing can cause positive physiological responses in patients. By inducing altered states of consciousness. circulatory problems. trance states. (12) • Links: • Hawaiian Huna Village HYDROTHERAPY Hydrotherapy. External hydrotherapy treatments typically involve applications of hot or cold water (or the alternation of both) to the skin. inflammation. and suggestion for therapeutic results. mind.Hydrotherapy HYPERTHERMIA Fever is one of the body's most powerful defenses against disease.helps people maintain a positive attitude. and spirit and to produce stability.Humor Therapy • Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor HUNA Huna. It is used locally or over the entire body to treat disease ranging from viral infections to cancer and is an effective self-help treatment for the common cold and flu. and emotional problems and to help break habits like smoking. As either ice. (17) • Links: • American Association of Professional Hypnotherapists • American Cancer Society . (1) • Links: • American Cancer Society . (4) • Links: • American Cancer Society . which literally means water therapy. or steam. and harmony in life. as well as detoxification. which helps them respond better to medical treatment.Cochrane reviews .Heat Therapy HYPNOTHERAPY Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis. symmetry. including anxiety. liquid. and more. hypnotherapists help clients use the resources of the unconscious mind to bring about psychological and physical benefits. encompasses a variety of therapeutic uses of water. better respiration. water may relieve the symptoms of numerous types of infections. the ancient Hawaiian art and science of healing. It is used to address a diversity of problems. including improved circulation.Hypnosis • American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association • Informed Health Online . phobias. and normalized blood pressure. acute and chronic pain. aims to balance the body. or other health challenges.Hypnotherapy . Hyperthermia artificially induces fever in patients who are unable to mount a natural fever response to infection.

It is often used as an adjunct to many psychotherapy and recovery programs. as well as identify lessons or challenges and gifts or talents available to us. It identifies inherited dispositions (how our body reacts to our environment and what symptoms are most likely to occur). A person may drink juice preventively to stay healthy. of the eye.Kampo L LIGHT THERAPY . Healthcare practitioners maintain that written expression fills a very important role in the therapeutic process by providing a mechanism of emotional expression in circumstances in which interpersonal expression is not possible or viable. Iridology helps identify inherited emotional patterns which can create or maintain physical symptoms. such as strengthening the immune system. or to produce a certain outcome.I IRIDOLOGY Iridology is the study of the iris. (14) • Links: • American Cancer Society . This structure has detailed fibers and pigmentation that reflects information about our physical and psychological makeup. (14) JUICE THERAPY Juice therapy involves the consumption of the juice of raw fruit or vegetables. Kampo treatment has become very much integrated in the Japanese health care system. or colored part. (19) • Links: • International Iridology Practitioners • American Dance Therapy Association JOURNAL THERAPY Journal therapy is the purposeful and intentional use of a written record of one's own thoughts or feelings to further psychological healing and personal growth. risks (what areas or organ systems are more likely to have symptoms) and future challenges (where we are likely to have more problems as we age).Juicing K KAMPO MEDICINE Kampo (sometimes spelled kanpo) is a Japanese variant of Chinese traditional medicine that involves the extensive use of herbs. (14) • Links: • American Cancer Society . to treat a medical condition like cancer.

light therapy is the use of natural or artificial light to promote healing. and magnetotherapy) are the use of magnetic fields. Specific techniques differ primarily in the type of light involved. Colored light therapy focuses different colored lights on the skin. In cold laser therapy. magnetic field therapy. Most forms of meditation .Massage . magnetic stimulation. (14) M MAGNETIC THERAPY Modern electromagnetic and magnetic therapies (similarly called biomagnetics. Fullspectrum light therapy consists of regular exposure to controlled amounts of either natural sunlight or artificial light that contains all wavelengths of light. magnetic energy therapy. (1) • Links: • American Cancer Society . particularly as the heart beats or during bone production.Light Therapy • College of Syntonic Optometry • Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms LOMILOMI Lomilomi literally means "to break up into small pieces with the fingers. magnets. magnet therapy. and magnetic devices to treat various physical and emotional conditions.Magnetic Therapy • Informed Health Online .Massage • American Massage Therapy Association • Informed Health Online . small beams of low-intensity laser light are applied directly to the skin.Simply put. from infrared to ultraviolet. Bright light therapy involves exposure to nonultraviolet white light in levels that match the amount of natural sunlight found outdoors shortly after sunrise or before sunset." It is a type of healing massage that is traditionally practiced in the Hawaiian Islands.Cochrane reviews • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Massage Clinical Trials • National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork MEDITATION Meditation is commonly thought of as a spiritual endeavor.Cochrane reviews MASSAGE THERAPY Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of manual techniques that include applying moving or fixed pressure and movement of the body.Magnetic Therapy . These therapies are based on the premise that electrical activity exists in the body at all times. (10) • Links: • American Cancer Society . (12) • Links: • American Cancer Society . but it has frequently demonstrated physical effects as well. electrobiomagnetics.

2002 • Mind/Body Medical Institute • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine .Honolulu Advertiser. or the practice of burning herbs to stimulate acupuncture points. relieving pain.Music Therapy Clinical Trials . December 16.Honolulu Star-Bulletin. and as a counterirritant.Honolulu Advertiser. March 13. 2002 MOXIBUSTION Moxibustion. intellectual. emotional.Meditation • Center for Mindfulness in Medicine. 2002 • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine . destroying tissue. The burning of moxa acts as a cautery. (1) • Links: • American Cancer Society . which in itself can help alleviate symptoms of stress-related ailments ranging from headaches to high blood pressure. Programs are designed to help patients overcome physical. Health Care.Music Therapy • American Music Therapy Association • Just say it with music to give patients a lift .Mind-Body Interventions for GI Conditions • Center for Mind-Body Medicine • Healing from Head to Soul . December 10. (12) • Links: • American Cancer Society . directly on the skin near the acupuncture point and then ignite it. and Society • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Meditation Clinical Trials • Transcendental Meditation Program MIND/BODY MEDICINE Mind/body medicine.Moxibustion MUSIC THERAPY Music therapy is a technique of complementary medicine that uses music prescribed in a skilled manner by trained therapists. also known as behavioral medicine.promote regular quiet relaxation. and social challenges. is the field of medicine concerned with the ways that the mind and emotions influence the body and physical health. (14) • Links: • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality . is an adjunct technique of acupuncture. a soft combustible substance. (14) • Links: • American Cancer Society . During treatment.MindBody Clinical Trials • Technique Touts Mind-Body Fitness . practitioners place moxa.

naturopathic physicians follow seven basic principles: Help nature heal. healthcare by drawing from numerous traditional healing systems. carbohydrates. and water. (14) • Links: • Food and Nutrition . treat the whole person. Prayer is a vehicle to get in touch with the spirits. and emotions all have interplay with the environment. and the Earth.Native American Healing NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE Naturopathic medicine aims to provide holistic. find the underlying cause. 2002 NEURAL THERAPY Neural therapy uses injections of anesthetics to remove short circuits in the body's electrical network. Faith is a vehicle for cure. One's connection to Nature. Sun. especially chronic pain. This process frees up the flow of energy and normalizes cellular function. Medicine people acknowledge that the spirit. There are six categories of nutrients that the body needs to acquire from food: protein. or whole-body. fat.Neural Therapy NUTRITION Good nutrition can help prevent disease and promote health. Moon. fibers. for lack of better terminology. making neural therapy an effective treatment for a variety of disease conditions. It is. At its core is the idea of vis medicatrix naturae — the healing power of nature. mind. Humility and asking for help when sick is part of this cosmology. vitamins and minerals. To achieve this. the heart of spirit. all play an integral part in Native American cosmology. do no harm.N NATIVE AMERICAN MEDICINE Native American medicine is the opposite of science.Honolulu Advertiser. recognize wellness. and act as a teacher. They acknowledge the unique energies of the eight directions.Naturopathic Medicine • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Naturopathic Medicine Clinical Trials • Naturopathy offers licensed alternative care . (10) • Links: • American Cancer Society . The sky. February 10. encourage prevention. Mother Earth. and communion with the spirit world is either in harmony or out of harmony. (1) • Links: • American Association of Naturopathic Physicians • American Cancer Society . (4) • Links: • American Academy of Neural Therapy • American Cancer Society . or the medicine wheel. Naturopathic doctors believe that the body naturally strives for health and that the physician's role is to support the body's efforts.

for example) is to take plant estrogen (or "phytoestrogens"). vitamin supplementation.Phytochemicals • Estrogens and Estrogen-mimicking Compounds .Oxygen Therapy • Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Society P PHYTOESTROGEN THERAPY One option for women who cannot take estrogen (those with congestive heart failure or migraines.O ORTHOMOLECULAR MEDICINE Orthomolecular medicine strives to achieve optimum health of its patients. not just the symptoms. and the appreciation of the body's ability to heal itself. as well as treat and prevent disease.Osteopathy • American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians • American Osteopathic Association • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Osteopathic Manipulation Clinical Trials OXYGEN/OZONE THERAPY Oxygen/ozone therapy is a term that describes a number of different practices in which oxygen. and lifestyle changes. by creating the uniquely individual levels of nutrients needed in each body through diet. ozone. Practitioners employ what is more commonly known as megavitamin therapy.Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy • American Cancer Society . (5) • Links: • American Academy of Osteopathy • American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine • American Cancer Society . (2) • Links: • American Cancer Society . or hydrogen peroxide are administered via gas or water to kill disease microorganisms. (17) • Links: • American Cancer Society . It emphasizes the interrelationships of structure and function. improve cellular function. (14) • Links: • American Cancer Society .Orthomolecular Medicine • Orthomolecular Medicine OSTEOPATHY Osteopathic medicine is a complete system of medical care. which is the use of large doses of certain vitamins based on thorough biochemical analysis to correct ineffective or destructive chemical balances in the body. and promote the healing of damaged tissues. The philosophy is to treat the whole person.

and the body reacts by increasing the blood supply and sending more nutrients to the area. electromagnetic patterns expressed in mental. health is viewed as a reflection of the condition of the energy field. (14) PSYCHOTHERAPY Polarity therapy is a comprehensive health system involving energy-based bodywork. and therapeutic methods are designed to balance the field for health benefit. diet. resulting in tissue repair. and meditation to balance and strengthen the body’s vital energy (chi. and therapeutic methods are designed to balance the field for health benefit.• • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Phytoestrogens Clinical Trials Phytoestrogens and Breast Cancer POETRY THERAPY Poetry therapy. In polarity therapy. The injections lead to inflammation in the area. sometimes spelled "qi"). diet. movement. (12) • Links: • American Cancer Society . This expressive therapy incorporates psychotherapy and helps people correct negative emotions and behaviors. In polarity therapy.Qigong . like bibliotherapy. exercise and self-awareness. (12) • Links: • National Assocation for Poetry Therapy POLARITY THERAPY Polarity therapy is a comprehensive health system involving energy-based bodywork.Polarity Therapy • American Polarity Therapy Association PROLOTHERAPY Prolotherapy is the treatment of soft-tissue damage through the use of injections. electromagnetic patterns expressed in mental. emotional and physical experience. health is viewed as a reflection of the condition of the energy field. (9) • Links: • American Cancer Society . emotional and physical experience. (1) • Links: • American Cancer Society . It works with the human energy field. promotes healing through the written word and enhances social wellness. It works with the human energy field. exercise and self-awareness.Psychotherapy • American Group Psychotherapy Association • American Psychological Association Q QIGONG Qigong is an ancient Chinese discipline that uses breathing exercises.

Stimulating the appropriate region with a thumb or finger is intended to eliminate energy blockages thought to produce pain or disease in the associated structures.Traditional Chinese Medicine .• • M. The shaman uses mystical powers to .Reiki Clinical Trials ROLFING The objectives of Rolfing .Rosen Method S SHAMANISM A complex pattern of diverse rites and beliefs.therapy review The Qigong Institute R REFLEXOLOGY Reflexology involves the manipulation of specific areas on the feet ." Reiki is a touch healing system. Reiki healing sessions promote healing on all levels: physical. (10) • Links: • The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration ROSEN METHOD The Rosen method is a form of therapeutic bodywork that uses gentle touch and supportive words to bring about a release of muscular and breathing constrictions. emotional. emotional. distinct regions of the feet correspond to particular organs or body systems.Reiki • International Center for Reiki Training • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine . Using "laying on of hands. or balance.Reflexology REIKI Reiki is an ancient natural healing art. and spiritual. Anderson Cancer Center . shamanism is a tribal religion in societies without literary tradition.and sometimes on the hands or limbs .with the goal of bringing the body into homeostasis. called "holdings. (1) • Links: • American Cancer Society ." that limit our physical.integration of human structure and improvement in human functioning .Qigong & Tai Chi . (17) • Links: • American Cancer Society . (10) • Links: • American Cancer Society . and spiritual well-being. According to reflexologists. Healing is one function on the shaman and the most important along with prophecy. Truly holistic in nature.D.are accomplished primarily by a systematic manipulation of the connective tissues of the body. mental.

The physical postures. 2003 . prayer.Watsu SPIRITUAL HEALING & PRAYER Religious belief and prayer bring comfort. breathing exercises.Cochrane reviews • Is yoga for you? .Prayer .journey to other worlds or realities and communicate with spirits in order to bring about a balance between the physical and spiritual worlds. fingers and palms rather than needles or mechanical instruments. (16) • Links: • American Cancer Society . and research into yoga has had a strong impact on the fields of stress reduction.Yoga. but employing manipulation and pressure from the thumbs. Studies have shown that regular spiritual observance. and relaxation to the faithful of all backgrounds. lower blood pressure. January 25.Cochrane reviews Y YOGA Yoga is among the oldest known health practices in the world. Often referred to as a "one-point" pressure system. 2004 • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine .Spirituality and Prayer • Informed Health Online .Shamanism • Foundation for Shamanic Studies SHIATSU A Japanese bodywork technique utilizing traditional acupuncture points. (4) • Links: • American Cancer Society .Honolulu Advertiser.Honolulu Advertiser. April 3.Faith Healing • American Cancer Society . and meditation practices of yoga have been proven to reduce stress. mind/body medicine. regulate heart rate. Breathing and Meditation . and energy medicine.Ohashiatsu • American Cancer Society .Yoga • Informed Health Online . and even retard the aging process.the subject simply has to know which of the 365 tsubos requires pressure in order to treat the specific complaint. shiatsu has an advantage over acupuncture in that it can be selfadministered . Shiatsu reinforces joints and muscles. and religious ritual are beneficial to overall health. (1) • Links: • American Association of Pastoral Counselors • American Cancer Society . and focuses on the efficient flow of energy throughout the meridians and autonomic nervous system.Yoga Clinical Trials • Yoga more than fancy stretches . hope. (14) • Links: • American Cancer Society .

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