Unformatted text preview: elation agents are also sometimes used by alternative practitioners to treat conditions they
believe to be caused by heavy metal poisoning, including autism and coronary artery
disease. Its use by practitioners of alternative medicine is considered to be quackery by
v irtually all mainstream medical and scientific professionals. Ayurveda
Chelat ion t herapy Chiropract ic
Healing T ouch
Homeopat hic medicine
Nat uropat hic medicine Ost eopat hic medicine Qi gong May be useful in acute back pain, chronic pain, other medical conditions
May be useful in Relaxation, Preterm Infants, Autism, Edema
4. Dance/Music/Art therapy
5. Prayer Focuses on the relationship between bodily structure (primarily that of the spine) and
f unction, and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.
C hiropractors use manipulative therapy as an integral treatment tool.
It is the healing force of the therapist that affects the patient's recovery; healing is promoted
w hen the body's energies are in balance; and, by passing their hands over the patient,
h ealers can identify energy imbalances.
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
h igher or more concentrated doses would actually cause those symptoms.
Therapists manipulate muscle and connective tissue to enhance function of those tissues
and promote relaxation and well-being.
Proposes that there is a healing power in the body that establishes, maintains, and restores
h ealth. Practitioners work with the patient with a goal of supporting this power, through
t reatments such as nutrition and lifestyle counseling, dietary supplements, medicinal plants,
exercise, homeopathy, and treatments from traditional Chinese medicine.
Emphasizes diseases arising in the musculoskeletal system. There is an underlying belief
t hat all of the body's systems work together, and disturbances in one system may affect
f unction 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.
A component of traditional Chinese medicine that combines movement, meditation, and
r egulation 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. T radit ional Chinese Medicine 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 imbalanc...
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