Alternative Medicine AtoZ

Alternative Medicine AtoZ
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Alternative Medicine AtoZ

Introduction

According to Cancer.gov, “complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is the term for medical products and practices that are not part of standard medical care.”

Standard medical care is typically anything that is seen as conventional or traditional medicine as provided by health professionals with a license to practice medicine (M.D. or medical doctor or D.O. (doctor of osteopathy).

There are standard medicine practitioners who also practice CAM, as well as holistic practitioners who are medical doctors (M.D.) who treat patients within the principles set forth by holistic medicine.

Alternative medicine can be a bit confusing. There are many categories, lots of techniques, and even lots of words in other languages associated with these methods of healing and promoting wellness. And what is alternative medicine an “alternative” to, anyway?

Understanding the basics of alternative medicine, as well as knowing about the various techniques and traditions that guide these methods, can help you determine how best to treat your health problems as well as remain healthy and strong.

This guide will dispel some myths about alternative medicine, provide you with a basic understanding of the most used alternative techniques, and help you understand all the benefits that you should consider when making health and wellness choices.

Let’s start with a fundamental problem, which is understanding the difference between the many terms that get thrown around when talking about alternative therapies.

Table Of Contents

Introduction……………………………………………………………………………1

Alternative Versus Complementary Versus Integrative Medicine……..2

Alternative Medicine……………………………………………………………..2

Complementary Medicine ………………………………………………………2

Integrative Medicine ……………………………………………………………..3

The Prevalence Of Alternative Medicine In Use …………………………….4

What Is Holistic Medicine………………………………………………………….6

9 Key Benefits Of Using Alternative Therapies………………………………7

55 Alternative Medicine Therapies A to Z …………………………………..11

Acupressure ……………………………………………………………………….11

Acupuncture ………………………………………………………………………12

Affirmative Prayer……………………………………………………………….14

Alexander Technique……………………………………………………………14

Applied Kinesiology……………………………………………………………..15

Aromatherapy…………………………………………………………………….15

Autogenic Training ………………………………………………………………16

Ayurveda …………………………………………………………………………..17

Biofeedback ……………………………………………………………………….17

Bio-Resonance Therapy………………………………………………………..19

Chiropractic Medicine ………………………………………………………….20

Chromotherapy (Color Therapy)…………………………………………….20

Creative Visualization…………………………………………………………..21

Crystal Healing ……………………………………………………………………22

Cupping …………………………………………………………………………….22

Ear Candling ……………………………………………………………………….23

EFT (Tapping) ……………………………………………………………………..23

Energy Medicine …………………………………………………………………23

Essential Oils………………………………………………………………………24

Faith Healing ………………………………………………………………………25

Herbalism ………………………………………………………………………….25

Homeopathy ………………………………………………………………………26

Hypnosis……………………………………………………………………………26

Light Therapy ……………………………………………………………………..27

Magnet Therapy………………………………………………………………….28

Manipulative Therapy ………………………………………………………….28

Massage Therapy ………………………………………………………………..29

Meditative Movement …………………………………………………………29

Meridians…………………………………………………………………………..30

Mind-body Practices…………………………………………………………….31

Meditation ………………………………………………………………………31

Tai Chi …………………………………………………………………………….32

Yoga……………………………………………………………………………….33

Qi Gong…………………………………………………………………………..35

Music Therapy ……………………………………………………………………35

Naturopathy ………………………………………………………………………37

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) ………………………………………37

Nutritional Healing………………………………………………………………38

Nutritional Supplements ………………………………………………………39

Osteopathic Medicine ………………………………………………………….39

Polarity Therapy………………………………………………………………….40

Pranic Healing …………………………………………………………………….40

Psychic Surgery …………………………………………………………………..40

Reflexology ………………………………………………………………………..41

Reiki………………………………………………………………………………….41

Shiatsu………………………………………………………………………………42

Structural Integration…………………………………………………………..42

Support Groups…………………………………………………………………..43

Therapeutic Touch ………………………………………………………………44

Traditional Chinese Medicine ………………………………………………..44

Traditional Japanese Medicine ………………………………………………45

Traditional Korean Medicine …………………………………………………45

Traditional Tibetan Medicine…………………………………………………45

Urine Therapy …………………………………………………………………….46

Visualization ………………………………………………………………………46

Zang-Fu Theory …………………………………………………………………..47

Final Thoughts ………………………………………………………………………48