wellness covers a variety of treatments and healing
options. Included in it are many different approaches to health
that can also involve additional nutritional suggestions and
emotional diagnosis/support. These therapies can be used against
a multitude of health disorders, in almost every sort of condition
imaginable. For further information on these topics, please
see our books of interest page.
like other techniques in traditional Chinese medicine, is
founded on the principle that internal harmony is essential
for good health. Fundamental to this harmony is the concept
of chi (sometimes spelled "qi"), a vital energy
or life-force that ebbs and flows with changes in a person's
mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.
Kinesiology is a science, which investigates and
analyzes human motion. It is a form of biomechanics. This
technique uses the body's own biofeedback system via muscle
testing to promote health. The aim is to restore balance where
there are nutritional deficiencies and to create wellness
at a physical, emotional and spiritual level.
is the therapeutic use of essential oils - concentrated, fragrant
extracts of plants - to promote relaxation and help relieve
Remedies also called flower essences, are specially
prepared liquid concentrates made by soaking flowers in pure
spring water. The concentrates are diluted and sipped to treat
various emotional and physical disorders. The fundamental
theory behind the flower-essence therapy is that physical
ailments and disease, as well as psychological problems, arise
from emotional disturbances; diagnosis and treatment thus
involve an evaluation of personality, state of mind, and emotional
Imagery is a technique that uses the mind's ability
to imagine sights, sounds, movements, and other sensory experiences
as a means to induce specific physical reactions in the body
or to encourage changes in a patient's emotional outlook.
uses herbal medicines prepared from a wide variety of plant
materials - frequently the leaves, stems, roots, and bark,
but also the flowers, fruits, twigs, seeds, and exudates (material
that oozes out, such as sap). They generally contain several
biologically active ingredients and are used primarily for
treating chronic or mild conditions, though sometimes they
are employed as complementary or supportive therapy for acute
and severe diseases.
is a method of healing based on the idea that like cures like;
that is, that substances causing specific symptoms in a healthy
person can cure these symptoms in someone who is sick. Also
called the law of similars, this principle gives homeopathy
its name: "homeo" for similar, "pathy"
for disease. The remedies are prepared from plant, mineral,
and animal extracts that are highly diluted in a specific
way that makes toxicity impossible and, paradoxically, increases
their potential to cure.
which healers have used hypnotism to induce trance states
in patients since ancient times. Although the practice has
largely fallen out of favor among mainstream physicians, over
the last few decades a number of healthcare practitioners
in various fields have begun to harness the power of hypnotherapy
to treat an array of conditions.
is the science of studying the effects of electrical impulses
on the iris of the eye. The iris is the most highly specialized
nerve organ in you whole body, with the most highly developed
nerve tissue. All electrical impulses sent forth by all organs
and tissues leave their mark on the iris. The iris is to the
body what the TV screen is to television broadcasting - a
receiver of the signal.
Therapy, defined as the systematic manipulation of
the soft tissues, relieves sore muscles and promotes relaxation.
It is usually performed with various standard hand strokes,
but sometimes pressure is applied with other parts of the
body, such as the forearm, elbow, or foot.
has been recognized by countries all over the world for its
calming, therapeutic effect of quiet contemplation. Most types
of meditation practiced today, however, come from ancient
Eastern or other religious traditions. Almost all of these
methods share a few simple steps: Students are instructed
to sit quietly, usually with eyes closed, and focus the mind
on a single thought, allowing all other thoughts to float
away. Some forms are more active or complex, meant to be performed
while walking or chanting, for example.
Medicine aims to provide holistic, or whole-body,
healthcare by drawing from numerous traditional healing systems.
At its core is the idea of vis medicatrix naturae - the healing
power of nature.
is a system of healing and health maintenance that focuses
on the musculoskeletal system in order to improve the overall
functioning of the body. To restore structural balance and
thus help a patient regain health, an osteopathic physician
will combine manipulation of the joints and soft tissues with
instruction in proper posture, body mechanics, and exercise.
Because osteopathic care is holistic, or targeted to the whole
person, the doctor also considers psychological factors, lifestyle,
and diet in addressing an illness or developing a plan for
(pronounced "chee-goong") is an ancient Chinese
discipline that uses breathing exercises, movement, and meditation
to balance and strengthen the body's vital energy (chi or
qi). Several of the martial arts, including t'ai chi and kung-fu,
are derived from Qigong, but Qigong itself is oriented more
toward healing and less toward self defense.
is a term that refers to the stimulation of the feet, hands
or ears in order to affect other parts of the body via specific
points that are called microsystems. The microsystems in one
part of the body - for example, on the foot - contain a representation
or "map" of the entire body that can be stimulated
to enhance the natural healing processes.
Chi Ch'uan - commonly known as t'ai chi - is an ancient
Chinese practice that combines martial arts, exercise, and
meditation in one graceful, slow-motion art. Every morning
in parks across Asia, and increasingly in America and Europe
as well, practitioners of t'ai chi perform what appears to
be a trancelike, controlled dance.
is an ancient philosophy of life developed in India over the
course of thousands of years. The word "yoga" is
derived from the Sanskrit "yuj," which means union.
Practitioners of yoga believe that by following its precepts,
which include ethical principles, dietary restrictions, and
physical exercise, they can unite - or bring into equilibrium
- the mind, the body, and the spirit. According to yoga teaching,
physical illness is a sign that these elements are out of