Glossary and Links to Complementary/Alternative Therapies

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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

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Dance Therapy Detoxification Therapy Diet Drama Therapy Dream Therapy

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Electrotherapy Energy Medicine Environmental Medicine Enzyme Therapy Exercise Management

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Bibliotherapy Bioenergetics Biofeedback Biological Dentistry Bodywork Bowen Technique

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

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

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Gerson Therapy Guided Imagery

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

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

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Journal Therapy Juice Therapy

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Kampo Medicine

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Qigong

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Light Therapy Lomilomi

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Reflexology Reiki Rolfing Rosen Method

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

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Shamanism Shiatsu Spiritual Healing and Prayer

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Native American Medicine Naturopathic Medicine Neural Therapy Nutrition

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

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

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

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

relieving emotional or mental strain. Some of the goals of bibliotherapy include developing self-concept.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. Ayurveda's approach to healing becomes obvious: To reestablish harmony between the self and the environment.Bioenergetics BIOFEEDBACK Biofeedback training is a method of learning how to consciously regulate bodily functions that are normally unconscious (such as breathing. heart rate. and blood pressure) in order to improve overall health.Biofeedback • Association for Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback • Biofeedback Certification Institute of America BIOLOGICAL DENTISTRY . In Bioenergetic theory. 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.Ayurveda is based on the premise that disease is the natural end result of living out of harmony with our environment. 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. (3) • Links: • American Cancer Society . and helping an individual to express and discuss problems more easily. and healing has occurred. symptoms dissipate.Ayurvedic Interventions for Diabetes Mellitus • American Cancer Society . What happens in the mind reflects what is happening in the body and vice versa. (4) • Links: • American Cancer Society . (12) BIOENERGETICS Bioenergetics is a method of studying and understanding the human personality in terms of the body and its energetic processes. (10) • Links: • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality . "Natural" is an important word because Ayurveda understands that symptoms of disease are the body’s normal way of communicating disharmony. Bioenergetics also involves verbal exploration of emotional conflicts and their relationship to an individual's personal history. and it serves as a preventive tool in mental health therapy. With this understanding of disease.

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

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

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

The various processes associated with dreams have been put under the generalized term of "dreamwork". Energy therapists attempt to restore health by first detecting and then removing the blockages. and certain foods may cause allergic reactions that can dramatically influence diseases ranging from asthma and hay fever to headaches and depression. also known as energy therapy or biofield therapeutics. help to reduce pain and stimulate muscle repair. (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. out of balance. called transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES). eliciting muscle contractions and overriding pain messages. Two techniques. Factors such as dust.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.Electroacupuncture • American Cancer Society . (14) • Links: . molds. (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. (3) E ELECTROTHERAPY Electrotherapy is the use of electrical stimulation devices to stimulate the peripheral nervous system. (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. or otherwise disturbed. 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. chemicals.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. (12) • Links: • American Cancer Society .

is a holistic and therapeutic approach to rehabilitation. prosperity. colon. you can increase your ease and range of motion. known as chi. (13) • Links: • Feldenkrais Educational Foundation of North America FENG SHUI Feng shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy and spiritual practice of arranging environments.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. such as body movement and muscle exertion. and it clears toxins from the blood and lymphatic systems that flow through organs such as the bladder. and skin. they can direct the energy in all living things. kidneys. that improve functioning in unhealthy or disabled people. derived from flowers. efficient movement.• American Cancer Society . 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. The healing power . Therapy involves a set of procedures. and rediscover your innate capacity for graceful. preventive healthcare. or fitness training. sinuses. called flower essences. (12) • Links: • American Council on Exercise • American Society of Exercise Physiologists F FASTING LINKS Generally.Enzyme Therapy EXERCISE MANAGEMENT Exercise management. Feng shui practitioners believe that by properly designing certain environments. (17) • Links: • American Cancer Society . Through this Method. (12) • Links: • American Cancer Society . improve your flexibility and coordination. Treatment involves ingesting water and other liquids to cleanse the body’s systems. lungs. and good health. These improvements will often generalize to enhance functioning in other aspects of your life. based on the idea that all living things in the universe are affected by the forces of nature in their environments. and lifestyle improvement. The fasting process allows the digestive organs to rest. 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: • Academy for Guided Imagery • American Cancer Society . (12) • Links: • American Cancer Society . 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.Imagery H HAWAIIAN HEALING PRACTICE Traditional Hawaiian healing practice incorporates herbal medicines. Hellerwork makes the . which is derived through infusion. which help the body eliminate the buildup of toxins accumulated through years of ingesting polluted air. It helps to stimulate the immune system through a radical diet and nutritional manipulation that supplies the body with vitamins. raw.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 enzymes found in fresh fruits and vegetables (and their juices). • Links: • Hawaii Medical Library Resources . and spiritual cleansing. food. minerals. Treatment usually involves consuming nutrients from fresh. meditation. mind. or life force. found in the plant’s essence. and chemicals. exercise.Flower Remedies • Dr.Gerson Therapy • Gerson Institute • National Cancer Institute . (12) • Links: • American Cancer Society . drugs.of these substances comes from the energy. inversely. 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. therapeutic massage. water. and it also involves enemas. and spirit. organic juices continuously for several hours a day.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. can help trigger a breakdown when it is consumed by worry.Hawaiian Medicinal Plants • Hawaii Medical Library Resources . nutrients found in cooked foods.

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

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

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

particularly as the heart beats or during bone production. magnets. but it has frequently demonstrated physical effects as well.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. magnetic field therapy. magnetic stimulation. (14) M MAGNETIC THERAPY Modern electromagnetic and magnetic therapies (similarly called biomagnetics." It is a type of healing massage that is traditionally practiced in the Hawaiian Islands.Simply put. magnet therapy. magnetic energy therapy.Massage . electrobiomagnetics. These therapies are based on the premise that electrical activity exists in the body at all times. and magnetotherapy) are the use of magnetic fields. Colored light therapy focuses different colored lights on the skin. (10) • Links: • American Cancer Society . 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. Fullspectrum light therapy consists of regular exposure to controlled amounts of either natural sunlight or artificial light that contains all wavelengths of light. from infrared to ultraviolet.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. 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. small beams of low-intensity laser light are applied directly to the skin. (1) • Links: • American Cancer Society .Magnetic Therapy • Informed Health Online . Most forms of meditation .Massage • American Massage Therapy Association • Informed Health Online . light therapy is the use of natural or artificial light to promote healing. In cold laser therapy.Magnetic Therapy . (12) • Links: • American Cancer Society . and magnetic devices to treat various physical and emotional conditions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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