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Monday, July 14, 2008

A few Alternative Therapies

Acupuncture- Acupuncture involves stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques (using fine needles) it regulates the flow of vital energy and restore a healthy energy balance.

Acupressure- Acupressure is a Chinese massage technique which uses moderate to firm pressure on various acu-points on the body s to stimulate the body's energy flow. It has the same principles as Acupuncture, but the pressure is applied directly to the Acupoints of the body mainly by using the hands, fingers.

Aromatherapy- Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of plant-derived, aromatic essential oils to promote physical and psychological well-being.

aromatherapy is helpful in treating emotional disorders like, stress and anxiety.

Atlas Orthogonal- Atlas Orthogonal is a kind of chiropractic program.

Ayurvedic Medicine- This holistic science is the knowledge of complete balance of the Body, Mind and Spirit, including emotions and psychology, on all levels. Ayurveda includes in its consideration, longevity, rejuvenation and self-realization therapies through herbs, diet, exercise, yoga, aromas, tantras, mantras, and meditation. Ayurveda is Practiced in India for more than 5,000 years.

Biofeedback- Biofeedback is a method for learning to increase one's ability to control biological responses, such as blood pressure, muscle tension, and heart rate. In biofeedback ultra-modern sophisticated instruments are used to measure physiological responses. by this technique a person learns how to regulate certain body functions, such as heart rate, blood pressure, or brain wave patterns, stress, high BP etc.., that are normally considered to be involuntary.

Chelation Therapy- Chelation therapy is a process involving the usage of chelating agents to remove heavy metals from the body.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)/ Chinese Medicine- Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an ancient holistic system of healing. Chinese (Oriental) Medicine uses herbal medicine, massage therapy, acupuncture, heat therapy, nutritional etc...

Chiropractic- The method of treatment usually involves manipulation of the spinal column and other body structures.

Colonics- Colonics or Colon Hydrotherapy/ Colonic Irrigation, is generally the internal cleansing of the large intestine with water. Similar to an enema.

Psychotherapy/Counseling- Counseling/Psychotherapy is a comprehensive subject includes from career counselors to psychotherapies who treat depression, stress, addiction and emotional issues.

Craniosacral Therapy- Craniosacral therapy (CST) or Cranial Osteopathy, this healing modality uses very light touching to balance the craniosacral system in the body. Craniosacral therapy (CST) or Cranial Osteopathy is used by massage therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors and osteopaths, who manually apply a subtle movement of the spinal and cranial bones to bring the central nervous system into harmony. Craniosacral therapy includes the bones, nerves, fluids, and connective tissues of the cranium and spinal area.

Movement Therapies/ Dance - experts of this technique work with individuals with disabilities, additions, sexual abuse, histories, eating disorders etc... Dance/Movement Therapy involves expressive movement as a therapeutic tool for both personal expression and psychological or emotional healing.

Holistic Dentistry- Holistic dentistry (biologic dentistry), is an alternative holistic approach that uses non-toxic restorative materials for dental work.

Ear Candling- Ear Candling/ Ear Coning/ Thermal-Auricular Therapy is a kind of folk medicine practice intended to assist the natural clearing of earwax (cerumen) and "toxins" from a person's ear by means of a hollow candle placed in the ear.

Feng Shui- This ancient practice Feng shui is based on the Chinese concept of yin and yang. Feng Shui is the Chinese art or practice of positioning (arranging) objects, especially graves, buildings, and furniture, based on a belief in patterns of yin and yang and the flow of chi that have positive and negative effects. It creates harmony and balance within an environment.

Flower Essences (Bach Flower Remedy)- Medicines derived from specialized medicinal plants are advocated for holistic treatment.

Herbalism- Herbalism is the study or use of medicinal herbs to prevent and treat diseases and ailments or to promote health and healing.

Hypnotherapy- Hypnotherapy is defined as, the treatment of a variety of health conditions by hypnotism or by inducing prolonged sleep. Hypnosis may help in behavioral, emotional or attitudinal change like, weight loss, smoking cessation, treating phobias, stress etc...

Homeopathy- Homeopathy is addressed commonly in infant and childhood diseases, infections, fatigue, allergies and chronic illnesses like, arthritis. Homeopathy seeks to stimulate the body's defense mechanisms and processes so as to prevent or treat illness.

Iridology- Iridology is the study of the iris to diagnose disease.

Kinesiology- Kinesiology involves study of muscles and movements (anatomy, physiology, and mechanics of body movement).

Lymph Drainage Therapy- Lymph Drainage Therapy is a Therapy to drain and improve the lymphatic vessels.

Midwifery/ Childbirth Support- Midwifery/Childbirth assists Practitioners of childbirth support.

Therapeutic Massage- Therapeutic Massage involves the manipulation of muscles and other soft tissue to improve the health.

Naturopathic Medicine / Naturopathy

Naturopathy is a system of therapy and treatment which relies exclusively on natural remedies, such as sunlight, air, water, supplemented with diet and therapies such as massage. Naturopathic or Naturopathy doctors (physicians) helps to strengthen the healing ability.

Ohashiatsu- This physical techniques Ohashiatsu, includes meditation, exercise. Ohashiatsu is helpful to release tension, Stress, Fatigue and bring relaxation and peace.

Osteopathic Medicine- Osteopathy emphasis on the relationship between the organs and the musculoskeletal system as well as on treating the whole individual rather than just the disease. Osteopathic Medicine includes, preventive medicine, diagnosis, surgery, prescription medications and hospital referrals.

Reconstructive Therapy/ Prolotherapy- Reconstructive Therapy/ Prolotherapy strengthens weak or damaged joints, cartilage, ligaments and tendons. This therapy is used to treat degenerative arthritis, lower back pain, torn ligaments and cartilage, carpal tunnel syndrome etc... Prolotherapy uses a dextrose (sugar water) solution, which is injected into the ligament or tendon where it attaches to the bone. Prolotherapy increases blood flow, flow of nutrients and stimulates the tissue, swelling, and pain. The body then launches a course of repair and healing.

Reflexology/ zone therapy - Reflexology is based on the philosophy that each of the body's organs and glands are "linked" to corresponding areas of ears, hands and feet.

Rolfing- Rolfing/ Structural Integration, is a technique of soft tissue manipulation that attempts to organize soft tissue relationships. It manipulates the fascia (connective tissue) to regain the body's natural alignment and enhances vitality and well-being.

Shiatsu- Shiatsu is a kind of therapeutic massage where pressure is applied with the thumbs and palms on the areas of the body as in acupuncture. shiatsu is mainly practiced in Japan.

Tibetan Medicine- Tibetan Medicine remedies are effective in rheumatism, asthma, gastritis, diabetes and many neurological disorders. Tibetan medicine seeks to achieve a harmony of the self. Medicine is one of five branches of Tibetan science, and is known to the Tibetans as gSoba the science of healing. Trees, rocks, resins, soil, precious metals, sap etc… are used by Tibetan pharmacopoeia in this therapy.

Unani- Unani is helpful in sinusitis, leucoderma, rheumatism, jaundice and elephantiasis etc.. Unani stands for a symbol of life. Unani includes the mainly herbs.

Vitamin Therapy- The use of vitamins to prevent or cure disease. Many physicians are now recognizing the beneficial uses of anti-oxidant and other vitamins for a wide variety of conditions. Vitamin Therapy is recommended in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and HIV/AIDS.

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