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Alternative medicines practiced world wide

Updated on January 31, 2014

Acupuncture. Often used for pain relief, improving well-being, and treating acute, chronic and degenerative conditions.

Aromatherapy. Essential oils are extracted from plants and are massaged into the skin, inhaled, placed in baths, used as compresses or mixed into ointments.

Chiropraxis. Based on the premise that the spine is literally the backbone of human health.

Homeopathy. Use of infinitesimal doses of natural substances, called remedies , to stimulate a person's immune and defense systems.

Hypnotherapy. Use of a range of techniques to bypass the conscious mind and access the subconscious. may facilitate behavioral, emotional or attitudinal change. it is often used in the treatment of phobias and stress to help people lose weight or quit smoking.

Applied kinesiology. Uses muscle testing to gain information about the general health. Treatments include nutritional supplements, muscle and joint manipulation, and lifestyle modification.

Naturopathy. A primary health care system emphasizing the curative power of nature, working to restore and support the body's own healing ability using nutrition, herbs and homeopathic and Oriental medicines. It involves a 4-year course of study past the bachelor's degree.

Reflexology. Interventions are based on the idea that specific points on the feet and hands correspond to organs and tissues throughout the body. Pressure is applied to these points to treat a wide range of stress illnesses.

Rheiki. Ancient Tibetan healing system that uses light hand placements to channel healing energies to the client. Commonly used to treat distress and acute and chronic problems and to achieve spiritual focus.

Tai Chi. Not onlya means of self-defense but may also be used to improve fitness and promote mental and spiritual development.

Therapeutic Touch. To relieve pain and stress, the nurse assesses wher th person's energy field is weak or congested, then uses his/her hands to direct energy into the field to balance it.

Yoga. A rang of body-mind exercise practices used to access consciousness and encourage physical and mental well-being.


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