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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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