HealingDeva.com Forum Index HealingDeva.com
Open discussions about alternative therapies, health concerns, Distance Healing requests, and more!
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Alternative Therapies Glossary

Post new topic   Reply to topic    HealingDeva.com Forum Index -> Online Classes
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Terri R.
Site Admin

Joined: 21 Apr 2004
Posts: 244
Location: So. Calif.

PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2004 4:22 pm    Post subject: Alternative Therapies Glossary Reply with quote

Acupuncture ("AK-yoo-pungk-cher")
A method of healing developed in China at least 2,000 years ago. Today, acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques. American practices of acupuncture incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.

Aromatherapy ("ah-roam-uh-THER-ah-py")
nvolves the use of essential oils (extracts or essences) from flowers, herbs, and trees to promote health and well-being.
CAUTION: In their pure state, certain oils can cause irritation, toxic reaction, or skinburn. These oils call for careful and expert application.

Ayurveda ("ah-yur-VAY-dah")
This system that has been practiced primarily in the Indian subcontinent for 5,000 years. Ayurveda includes diet and herbal remedies and emphasizes the use of body, mind, and spirit in disease prevention and treatment.

Bates Method
Relaxation exercises for eye disorders such as glaucoma, squint, and more. It was devised by William H. Bates.

Chiropractic ("kie-roh-PRAC-tic")
Focuses on the relationship between bodily structure (primarily that of the spine) and function, and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. Chiropractors use manipulative therapy as an integral treatment tool.

Use of suction cups to remove impure energy from the body. It involves lighting a match in a small, rounded "cup" made of glass, bamboo or pottery, and then removing it quickly and applying the cup to the skin. The flame creates a vacuum and the cup sticks tightly to the skin.

Dietary supplements.
Congress defined the term "dietary supplement" in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994. A dietary supplement is a product (other than tobacco) taken by mouth that contains a "dietary ingredient" intended to supplement the diet. Dietary ingredients may include vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, and substances such as enzymes, organ tissues, and metabolites. Dietary supplements come in many forms, including extracts, concentrates, tablets, capsules, gel caps, liquids, and powders. They have special requirements for labeling. Under DSHEA, dietary supplements are considered foods, not drugs.

Environmental Therapies
Used in treating health conditions caused by environment such as allergies and eczema. Factors such as dust, molds, chemicals, and certain foods may cause allergic reactions that can dramatically influence your health ranging from asthma and hay fever to headaches and depression.

Gestalt Therapy 
Developed by Fritz Perls, this humanistic approach to healing promotes personal growth through self-awareness. Well-known techniques include emphasizing the client's self-awareness by making him or her speak continually in the present tense and in the first person. Useful in treating anxiety, behavioral problems, hyperactivity, and insomnia.

Homeopathic ("home-ee-oh-PATH-ic")
In homeopathic medicine, there is a belief that "like cures like," meaning that small, highly diluted quantities of medicinal substances are given to cure symptoms, when the same substances given at higher or more concentrated doses would actually cause those symptoms.

Naturopathic ("nay-chur-o-PATH-ic")
Naturopathic medicine proposes that there is a healing power in the body that establishes, maintains, and restores health. Practitioners work with the patient with a goal of supporting this power, through treatments such as nutrition and lifestyle counseling, dietary supplements, medicinal plants, exercise, homeopathy, and treatments from traditional Chinese medicine.

Osteopathic ("ahs-tee-oh-PATH-ic")
medicine is a form of conventional medicine that, in part, emphasizes diseases arising in the musculoskeletal system. There is an underlying belief that all of the body's systems work together, and disturbances in one system may affect function elsewhere in the body. Some osteopathic physicians practice osteopathic manipulation, a full-body system of hands-on techniques to alleviate pain, restore function, and promote health and well-being.

Qi gong ("chee-GUNG")
a component of traditional Chinese medicine that combines movement, meditation, and regulation of breathing to enhance the flow of qi (an ancient term given to what is believed to be vital energy) in the body, improve blood circulation, and enhance immune function.

Treating the tissues to improve posture and health. Biochemist Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D., gained her first exposure to therapeutic manipulation when she was sucessfully treated byan osteopath for a respiratory condition. Her treatments became the cornerstone of her work; the body's structure profoundly affects all physiological and psychological processes. Her work was also influenced by her exposure to Hatha yoga.  She founded the Rolf Institute for Structural Integration in 1970, which has since trained over eight hundred people. "Rolfing" is the popular name for Structural Integration.

Therapeutic Touch
is derived from an ancient technique called laying-on of hands. It is based on the premise that it is the healing force of the therapist (unlike Reiki) that affects the patient's recovery; healing is promoted when the body's energies are in balance; and, by passing their hands over the patient, healers can identify energy imbalances.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)
is the current name for an ancient system of health care from China. TCM is based on a concept of balanced qi (pronounced "chee"), or vital energy, that is believed to flow throughout the body. Qi is proposed to regulate a person's spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical balance and to be influenced by the opposing forces of yin (negative energy) and yang (positive energy). Disease is proposed to result from the flow of qi being disrupted and yin and yang becoming imbalanced. Among the components of TCM are herbal and nutritional therapy, restorative physical exercises, meditation, acupuncture, and remedial massage.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website

Joined: 27 Apr 2004
Posts: 159
Location: North Carolina

PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2004 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooooo I am glad you told me that...
<<Qi gong ("chee-GUNG") >>
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Assistant Host

Joined: 26 Apr 2004
Posts: 27
Location: New York

PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2004 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chiropractic ("kie-roh-PRAC-tic") --

Gee, and here I've been saying KIE-roh-prac-tic for years...LOL.

Great resource!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Terri R.
Site Admin

Joined: 21 Apr 2004
Posts: 244
Location: So. Calif.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2004 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

and all I ever say is the Chiro part.... too lazy to say the entire word.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    HealingDeva.com Forum Index -> Online Classes All times are GMT - 7 Hours
Page 1 of 1

Jump to:  
You can post new topics in this forum
You can reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

Powered by phpBB 2.0.6 © 2001, 2002 phpBB Group

RETURN TO HealingDeva Web Site