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



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

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

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

Ayurveda's approach to healing becomes obvious: To reestablish harmony between the self and the environment.Biofeedback • Association for Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback • Biofeedback Certification Institute of America BIOLOGICAL DENTISTRY . (4) • Links: • American Cancer Society . Some of the goals of bibliotherapy include developing self-concept. and blood pressure) in order to improve overall health. Bioenergetics also involves verbal exploration of emotional conflicts and their relationship to an individual's personal history. (10) • Links: • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality .Ayurveda is based on the premise that disease is the natural end result of living out of harmony with our environment. (3) • Links: • American Cancer Society . relieving emotional or mental strain. and helping an individual to express and discuss problems more easily.Bioenergetics BIOFEEDBACK Biofeedback training is a method of learning how to consciously regulate bodily functions that are normally unconscious (such as breathing. 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.Ayurveda • The Ayurvedic Institute • National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine B BIBLIOTHERAPY Bibliotherapy uses literature to promote mental health by fostering growth and development. Once this is reestablished the need for the body to communicate disharmony diminishes. 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 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. What happens in the mind reflects what is happening in the body and vice versa. and healing has occurred. and it serves as a preventive tool in mental health therapy.Ayurvedic Interventions for Diabetes Mellitus • American Cancer Society . "Natural" is an important word because Ayurveda understands that symptoms of disease are the body’s normal way of communicating disharmony. symptoms dissipate. With this understanding of disease. heart rate. it is believed that the body and the mind are functionally identical.

It is used to stimulate healing. and promoting deep relaxation. muscle spasms. or area of the body. or spiritual feeling. Chakras are like relay stations for the vital Life Force energy. organ. and focuses on the unrecognized impact that dental toxins and hidden dental infections can have on overall health. such as massage. and bioenergetic therapies. stimulating lymphatic and circulation systems.Cell Therapy CHAKRA BALANCING Chakra balancing is the clearing of energy blocks from the chakras. The benefits of bodywork in all its forms include pain reduction. deep tissue manipulation. By balancing energy flow. (14) . improved blood and lymphatic circulation. and serve as channels of communication between an individual's inner nature or subtle body and physical body. Proponents claim it also treats coronary artery disease and other illnesses that may be linked to damage from free radicals (reactive molecules). emotional. Bowen uses a painless procedure of muscle. (4) • Links: • American Cancer Society . and connective tissue manipulation on reflex and acupuncture points to release stress. and a mental. movement awareness. (4) • Links: • American Cancer Society .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. the obstructed energy in the chakras can be balanced and harmonized. There are seven chakras and each has a particular gland. and treat a variety of degenerative diseases. (12) C CELL THERAPY Cell therapy promotes physical regeneration through the injection of healthy cellular material into the body. this therapeutic technique helps people eliminate pain and experience feelings of well-being. counteract the effects of aging. relief of musculoskeletal tension. and normalizing the nervous system. tendon.Biological Dentistry • Holistic Dental Association BODYWORK The term bodywork refers to a wide range of therapies.Biological dentistry stresses the use of nontoxic restoration materials for dental work. By utilizing various methods. which are employed to improve the structure and functioning of the body. and pain while correcting joint mobility. (4) • Links: • American Cancer Society . (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 tissues of the cranium and spinal area.Craniosacral Therapy .Chiropractic and Manual Therapy . good health as long as misalignments of the spine do not constrict the nervous system. such as blood. This process hydrates the waste and the body. • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine . or colonic irrigation. and mucus.Colon Therapy COLOR THERAPY Color therapy. (12) • Links: • American Cancer Society . lymph. (14) • Links: • American Cancer Society .Chelation Therapy American Heart Association Recommendation . high colonics. nerves. organizations. misalignments of the vertebrae that disturb the spinal nerves in their mediation of mind and body. is based on the premise that certain colors are infused with healing energies.Cochrane reviews • International Chiropractors Association • MEDLINEplus . The therapy uses the seven colors of the rainbow to promote balance and healing in the mind and body. also known as chromatherapy.Chelation Therapy . It postulates that malfunction in any aspect of the individual can be attributed to subluxations. can carry nutrients and waste more efficiently. chiropractic subscribes to the basic principle that the immune system will function perfectly and maintain the person in robust.• • • • • Links: American Cancer Society .Factsheets. (14) CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY Craniosacral therapy is a holistic healing practice that uses very light touching to balance the craniosacral system in the body. It also softens and loosens waste for easier elimination.Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT) Informed Health Online .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. Further.Chiropractic • American Chiropractic Association • Informed Health Online .Chiropractic . which includes the bones. is the practice of cleansing of the large intestine with warm purified water. also known as . A single colonic treatment is said to be equivalent to several enemas in removing toxic debris from the colon.Chelation Therapy ClinicalTrials. fluids. etc. (17) • Links: • American Cancer Society .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. so that bodily fluids.

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

Energy therapists attempt to restore health by first detecting and then removing the blockages. Factors such as dust. called transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES). also known as energy therapy or biofield therapeutics.Electromagnetic Therapy ENERGY MEDICINE Energy medicine. It involves both the interpretation of information obtained while dreaming and the active participation in the dream process through a technique called lucid dreaming. chemicals. (17) DREAM THERAPY Dream therapy is the use of dreams and the dream state to accomplish physical and emotional healing. 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. (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. (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. (12) • Links: • American Cancer Society . or otherwise disturbed. out of balance. (14) • Links: . 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. help to reduce pain and stimulate muscle repair. Two techniques. molds. and certain foods may cause allergic reactions that can dramatically influence diseases ranging from asthma and hay fever to headaches and depression. The various processes associated with dreams have been put under the generalized term of "dreamwork". eliciting muscle contractions and overriding pain messages.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. (3) E ELECTROTHERAPY Electrotherapy is the use of electrical stimulation devices to stimulate the peripheral nervous system.Electroacupuncture • American Cancer Society .

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

of these substances comes from the energy. which help the body eliminate the buildup of toxins accumulated through years of ingesting polluted air. meditation. and it also involves enemas. and enzymes found in fresh fruits and vegetables (and their juices). found in the plant’s essence. Treatment usually involves consuming nutrients from fresh. 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. (17) • Links: • Academy for Guided Imagery • American Cancer Society . nutrients found in cooked foods. Hellerwork makes the .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. and spirit. therapeutic massage. drugs. (12) • Links: • American Cancer Society .Imagery H HAWAIIAN HEALING PRACTICE Traditional Hawaiian healing practice incorporates herbal medicines. raw. • Links: • Hawaii Medical Library Resources . organic juices continuously for several hours a day. (12) • Links: • American Cancer Society .Flower Remedies • Dr. inversely. and spiritual cleansing. water. can help trigger a breakdown when it is consumed by worry. exercise. 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. mind.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. and chemicals. minerals.Gerson Therapy • Gerson Institute • National Cancer Institute . or life force. It helps to stimulate the immune system through a radical diet and nutritional manipulation that supplies the body with vitamins. which is derived through infusion.Hawaiian Medicinal Plants • Hawaii Medical Library Resources . food.

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

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

Kampo L LIGHT THERAPY .I IRIDOLOGY Iridology is the study of the iris. (14) • Links: • American Cancer Society . as well as identify lessons or challenges and gifts or talents available to us. (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. to treat a medical condition like cancer. 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. It identifies inherited dispositions (how our body reacts to our environment and what symptoms are most likely to occur). (14) • Links: • American Cancer Society . such as strengthening the immune system. It is often used as an adjunct to many psychotherapy and recovery programs.Juicing K KAMPO MEDICINE Kampo (sometimes spelled kanpo) is a Japanese variant of Chinese traditional medicine that involves the extensive use of herbs. (14) JUICE THERAPY Juice therapy involves the consumption of the juice of raw fruit or vegetables. A person may drink juice preventively to stay healthy. 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). of the eye. or colored part. or to produce a certain outcome. This structure has detailed fibers and pigmentation that reflects information about our physical and psychological makeup. Kampo treatment has become very much integrated in the Japanese health care system. Iridology helps identify inherited emotional patterns which can create or maintain physical symptoms.

magnetic field therapy. and magnetic devices to treat various physical and emotional conditions. Colored light therapy focuses different colored lights on the skin. (10) • 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. In cold laser therapy.Massage . Most forms of meditation .Magnetic Therapy ." It is a type of healing massage that is traditionally practiced in the Hawaiian Islands. (12) • Links: • American Cancer Society . 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. but it has frequently demonstrated physical effects as well. light therapy is the use of natural or artificial light to promote healing. magnetic stimulation. magnetic energy therapy.Simply put.Magnetic Therapy • Informed Health Online . magnets. magnet therapy. and magnetotherapy) are the use of magnetic fields. from infrared to ultraviolet.Massage • American Massage Therapy Association • Informed Health Online . Specific techniques differ primarily in the type of light involved.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. (1) • Links: • American Cancer Society . These therapies are based on the premise that electrical activity exists in the body at all times. small beams of low-intensity laser light are applied directly to the skin. (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.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. electrobiomagnetics.

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

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

vitamin supplementation. (14) • Links: • American Cancer Society .O ORTHOMOLECULAR MEDICINE Orthomolecular medicine strives to achieve optimum health of its patients. improve cellular function. by creating the uniquely individual levels of nutrients needed in each body through diet.Orthomolecular Medicine • Orthomolecular Medicine OSTEOPATHY Osteopathic medicine is a complete system of medical care. It emphasizes the interrelationships of structure and function.Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy • American Cancer Society . or hydrogen peroxide are administered via gas or water to kill disease microorganisms. for example) is to take plant estrogen (or "phytoestrogens").Phytochemicals • Estrogens and Estrogen-mimicking Compounds . and promote the healing of damaged tissues. and lifestyle changes. 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 the appreciation of the body's ability to heal itself.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. not just the symptoms. (5) • Links: • American Academy of Osteopathy • American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine • American Cancer Society . (2) • Links: • American Cancer Society . (17) • Links: • American Cancer Society . ozone. The philosophy is to treat the whole person. Practitioners employ what is more commonly known as megavitamin therapy. as well as treat and prevent disease.Oxygen Therapy • Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Society P PHYTOESTROGEN THERAPY One option for women who cannot take estrogen (those with congestive heart failure or migraines.

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

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

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