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10 More Uncommon Alternative Medical Practices

Updated on April 16, 2010

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Uncommon Alternative Medical Practices

This is the 2nd list of uncommon alternative medical practices. Known as CAM, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, these practices continue to grow in the U. S. because they are less invasive and tend to be toxin-free. These practices include those that work along with other medical practices, or work independently. Some are described as self-help, such as Autogenics Training. I checked all the websites (included) which are quite informative.

Many alternative medical practices are based on ancient healing practices such as TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and acupuncture. For the first list of uncommon medical practices see the link below.

THE LIST of 10 With Brief Descriptions and Web Sites:

1 - Ozone Therapy - introduces ozone into the body. By flooding the body with large quantities, the single oxygen molecule is unattached and then freely circulates - in doing so it attacks a wide range of diseases. It is believed to be anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial because the organisms cannot live in such an oxygen rich environment. An oxygen generator is used to create precise amounts. Ozone is introduced into the body by adding it to drinking water or olive oil, or vaginally, rectally, by injection, inhalation, body wraps, and insertion in the ear. See

2 - EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) - eye movements have been shown to decrease negative emotions related to distressing memories. This information processing therapy incorporates different psychotherapies to offer the most benefit. These therapies include cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, experiential and more. Therapist also use sounds and touching. In 2004, the American Psychiatric Association recommended EMDR for trauma such as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). See

3 - Digestive Health Therapy - Enzymatic Therapy is a major part of this therapy. Research into the extreme importance of enzymes dates back to more than 50 years. Enzymes are important because they are required for most chemical activity in the body which includes digestion, tissue repair, building bones, and detoxing the blood. In this case, food is considered medicine. See (Also see link below for adding enzymes to your diet by eating fresh foods and why it matters)

4 - Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) - is based on TCM. The objective is to restore the natural flow and balance of energy and chi (chee) by using pressure and manipulation from a variety of ancient therapies. Therapies used include acupressure, five elements shiatsu (which relies on the traditional four cornerstones of diagnosis in TCM), integrative eclectic shiatsu, Japanese shiatsu, Tuina (Chinese bodywork using soft tissue massage and herbs) and much more. See

5 - Autogenics Training (AT) - is a self-help technique. The term means 'self regulation' because it relies on teaching the ability to control the breath, blood pressure, the heart rate and more. It is useful for people who want to overcome addictions such as smoking. It may take up to three months of training to learn the progressive steps. See

6 - Mindfulness - is a therapy that has been around for thousands of years and is a fundamental part of Buddhism. The objective is to be intentionally aware of your thoughts and actions in the present moment. Western therapists are embracing mindfulness as a way to deal with anxiety and depression. There are different types of mindfulness therapy such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) - see

7 - Aqua Chi Ion Hydrotherapy - requires the use of a portable foot bath. A special bio-electric charge is believed to amplify the body's natural ability to heal. The process is also known as a detox foot bath. By resonating in the water, the device produces negative ions that are supposed to be like those found in natural hot springs. The ion therapy is believed to balance the energy meridians in the body. See

8 - Vastu Shastra - is the traditional Indian method of design and architecture. Similar to feng shui, vastu shastra harmonizes living space with the flow of energy (prana). It takes into consideration the sun's path, directions, magnetic fields of the earth etc. As a person that loves feng shui and abides by it and truly believes that it energizes my life, I researched this ancient therapy some years ago. It encourages harmonious living for good health and is said to stimulate creativity. For more information see

9 - The Yuen Method - is also known as Chinese Energetic Method (CEM) - this is a non-invasive health care process based on a type of full-spectrum energy healing which is capable of healing pain no matter the source, e.g. mental, physical, spiritual or emotional. Energy corrections are made by a practitioner who directs healing energy to the correct level and location and produces instant results. See or

10 - Silva Method - created by Jose SIlva, is a self-empowerment program. It consists of 16 exercises designed to enhance the way you think and to further expand your awareness. The system is scientific and uses a step-by-step process to help develop the effectiveness of the mind. The objective is to improve mental and physical healing in order to reduce anxiety and stress. The program is taught in 111 countries. See

For the first list of Uncommon Alternative Medical Practices, and other healthy therapies, please see the links below:


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    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome PaperNotes and thank you for writing that in such a nice way. I appreciate it!

    • PaperNotes profile image


      8 years ago

      My knowledge bank about alternative medicine is once again refilled. thanks to you!

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're very welcome Micky Dee. We do have choices!

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      So many alternatives! Thank you!

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'll keep that other CAM in mind! Thanks for that input - you are probably correct too! Thanks for the compliment.

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      Geoff Bland 

      8 years ago from The United Kingdom

      Great hub BK - although I always thought that CAM was Computer Aided Manufacturing - very sad I know!!

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm so glad you are enjoying the alternative hubs, itakins. And thanks for sharing your good experience about bio-resonance.

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      8 years ago from Irl

      What a wealth of information -I have to re-visit to absorb it all:)

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks for sharing the celery seed idea Pollyannalana - I'm glad we can share healthy information with each other. That's the best plan to eliminate all the meds and try food and prevention. Good for you!

      Thanks for commenting!

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      8 years ago from US

      I told my aunt today in an email how I use celery seed for a diuretic since I cant take BP meds and then I take all these other herbs but I need one to help me remember what those are for,lol Its not an easy or magical thing but with some work Im hoping to be on no medicines the rest of my life and this you have here is new to me I am going to have to give a good day or nights study to it, thx so much.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're very welcome Chris Eddy111 - thanks for commenting!

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      Chris Eddy111 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      That's a great list and thanks for the links too.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome Philipo! Thanks for commenting!

    • Philipo profile image


      8 years ago from Nigeria

      Very informative hub. Thanks for sharing.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks so much for the compliment kimberlyslyrics. I'm glad you enjoyed and thanks for the up rating!

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      8 years ago

      bk what an incredible hub.

      i'm off to read the other ones on this topic

      btw rated it up twice


    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      That sums it up HealthyHanna - there is abundance - there is more than enough and it is all natural and keeps up healthy. I am so glad we are making this change and taking responsibility for our health.

      Thanks for your input!

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      8 years ago from Utah

      Thanks for compiling such a good list of alternative treatments. There is value in all of them. There are so many way to heal! And Mother Nature does not limit it to medical science nor to the few who can afford it. We all need to learn to "think outside the box", open our eyes and our minds to the healing powers all around us. Our universe it one that give in abundance, not scarcity.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you Nell Rose for your input - the oxygen just makes so much sense as well as learning to control our breathing. I read that proper deep breathing can help control high blood pressure. There is so much we can do to help heal ourselves.

      I appreciate your comment!

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, I am glad I read this. it is really interesting. I had never heard of the ozone one, but it sounds really intriguing. I have heard of using pure oxygen in a decompression tank, to help them heal brain damage. I expect this is a similiar thing they have researched. And the one about controlling breathing etc, is also similiar to helping asthmatics with their lung capacity. this is great. thanks nell

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Yes, indeed fastfreta - I remember you said anything medical. I'm so glad you found the hub useful - and thanks so much for Digg-ing me!

      There is so much llmartin - there are so many more. When I lived in S. Korea I had the pleasure of exploring so many healthy options. It was a good time.

      Thanks so much for the comments!

    • lmmartin profile image


      8 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      So many alternatives -- who knew? Not me. Thanks for widening my horizons and I can't help but think you must be a walking encyclopedia on alternative health care by now. Your knowledge is astounding. Lynda

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      Bk, you know this is one of my favorite types of hubs, anything medical. I especially like non traditional medicines. I'm going to have to review these methods. Thumbs up and bookmarked as usual. Hey I think I'll Digg this one.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks so much hypnodude. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub! Always nice to get a thumbs up too!

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      8 years ago from Italy

      Another great hub, very well written and with great info. Especially the one on yuen therapy, which I didn't know at all. Rated up and stumbled. :)

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Happy weekend to you Maita and I see you and I are both doing the same thing at 3:43am!

      I'd like to try all of these. Thanks so much for commenting.


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      8 years ago from US

      Bk, you are really awesome, I want to try Japanese shiatzu, I never heard of almost half of the things you mentioned here. Thumbs up and I rated this up, Happy weekend, Maita

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm convinced Ann Nonymous - that these and many more I've come across are uncommon. We just haven't had exposure to this kind of information. Ah, but now we know.

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      Ann Nonymous 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      Good job, BK! Either these are really uncommmon or I am out of the loop more than I thought!

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      It is amazing now that you mention it cameciob. I supposed it did take thousands of years as in TCM. And you keep adding and adding. There is probably so much more we have yet to learn. It's pretty exciting!

      Thanks so much for the compliment. I am so glad you wrote.

    • cameciob profile image


      8 years ago

      BkCreative I very like your hubs. Now, you show us how many cultures and how many way have people try and succeed to heal and restore health. I often wonder how did they come up with a method or other...I imagine was practice and observation but how did they discovered the principle of each method. It is amazing.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      How interesting Veronica Allen! It does sound like something that may be related to EMDR - and it is something we can all do. We can all do this and it's worth a try.

      I'm with you! There is so much good stuff out there - we've just been bombarded with so much advertisement for everything else - it's so easy to lose sight of all that is good. Thanks for sharing this information!

      You're very welcome my friend pmcray! I'm so glad you found the hub informative and thanks for the rating.

      Thank you msorensson for sharing!

      Comments and all the input and suggestions are sooo appreciated. Thanks so much!

    • msorensson profile image


      8 years ago

      Great hub, Lisa. I will pass it to one of my friends.

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      8 years ago from Utah

      Very informative hub, I've never heard of any of these, but I'm going to try some of them. Bookmarked, rated and shared.

      Thank you so much my friend for sharing this knowledge.

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      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I'm a big fan of the John Tesh radio show, and just the other day he mentioned that one way we can reduce negative thoughts is by quickly moving our eyeblass from side to side 25 times. This eye motion was said to effect the part of the brain that stimulates our emotions.

      From this information, EMDR must have been the medical practice he was referring to. I am constantly amazed at all the wonderful alternative therapies available to us.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      So true Katrina Ariel. This is just a reminder than one size cannot possibly fit all - so there is plenty to choose from - and as you say - we each have our own unique path - it should always be considered.

      Thanks for your input!

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      Katrina Ariel 

      8 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

      You come up with some great ones. Good to see how many healing modalities there are - we each have our own unique path.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You are welcome lctodd1947 - always good to hear from you!

    • lctodd1947 profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      This is excellent information. Thank you for sharing with us.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Hello milynch - glad to hear about the alternative practices in the Philipines. I would love to hear more. I'm sure there are many great herbs and practices that we still don't know about here in the U. S. - nice to meet you by the way!

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting Darlene Sabella. Always good to hear from you and keep up with you.

      bingskee - I love your hubs about all things healthy! I will return and read your latest.

      Thanks for the comments!

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      8 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      hi, bkcreative. i had started a hub on alternative medicine, too!

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      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      This is such a great hub and enjoyed it very much, thanks for sharing....I learned so much.

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      8 years ago from Philippines

      Enjoyed reading this hub. Very good information. I see a lot of alternative medical practices here in the Philippines.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You know Shalini Kagal I so totally agree with you! I've called the internet the greatest equalizer ever - because we all have access to information - and to sharing information. Love the virtual world!

      Thank you sandyspider - the more I hang out on the internet the more I learn.

      I'm glad you found the hub extremely interesting Wealthmadehealthy. I'm so glad we can share so much here at hubpages and on the internet.

      Thank you too Deborrah K. Ogans. Always good to hear from you. Peace to you, too!

      Nothing like a lovely 'gosh' - thanks so much for that Hello, hello!

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Gosh, I have learned so much there. Thank you for a wonderful hub.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      Bk Creative, This is another wonderful informative read! Thank you for sharing, In His love, Peace & Blessings!

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      8 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

      This was an extremely interesting read. A lot of these things I knew about, but as always in reading hubs, I found something new I didn't know. Thanks for helping us learn about this!! Have a wonderful day!

    • Sandyspider profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks for sharing this. I learned something new.

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      Shalini Kagal 

      8 years ago from India

      Isn't it great that thanks to the Internet, so many therapies are available to so many more? Thank you BkCreative for listing these out so well - the virtual world owes you!

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks so much theherbivorehippi. I did the hydrotherapies in S. Korea - both foot and whole body - and I was a new happy woman for many days after. Just so fabulous!!!

      I hope we good people can start doing more of these therapies, both as prevention but just to feel better!

      Thanks for the rating!

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      8 years ago from Holly, MI

      Wow!! I have never heard of any of these!!! I'm so thrilled you wrote this hub....something really useful!! The Aqua Chi Ion Hydrotherapy sounds superb!!!! Fabulous hub! RAted up! :)

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      The enzyme therapy makes so much sense Jen's Solitude. Especially, since we know it works and it is something we can do on our own. Food as medicine - imagine!

      I'm always surprised too, Pamela99. There are so many more that I just found in a book. I like that it is affordable, and toxin-free and non-invasive.

      Thanks for the comments!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      It is amazing to me that there are so many types of therapy. Very interesting hub. Thanks.

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      Jen's Solitude 

      8 years ago from Delaware

      Well done BK! Enzymes and Digestive Heath Therapy is very interesting! Thanks so much for the valuable info.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      How great to have such options travel-man. We all should have the best of options. Thanks for your input.

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      Ireno Alcala 

      8 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      CAM is also practiced here in the Philippines. There are group of doctors who also recommend herbal treatment when a patient cannot afford the costly medications. Thanks BKCreative.


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