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glossary of naturopathic terms



The practice of inserting needles into the body to reduce pain or induce anesthesia . More broadly, acupuncture is a family of procedures involving the stimulation of anatomical locations on or in the skin by a variety of techniques. Common mispelling: acupunctere



India's traditional, natural system of medicine that has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. Ayurveda provides an integrated approach to preventing and treating illness through lifestyle interventions and natural therapies.

Common mispelling: Ayerveda



is a form of alternative medicine that involves measuring a subject's quantifiable bodily functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, skin temperature, sweat gland activity, and muscle tension, conveying the information to the patient in real-time. This raises the patient's awareness and conscious control of their unconscious physiological activities. By providing the user access to physiological information about which he or she is generally unaware, biofeedback allows users to gain control of physical processes previously considered an automatic response of the autonomous nervous system.



Any therapeutic, healing or personal development work which involves some form of touching, energetic work or the physical manipulation of a practically oriented physical and somatic (see somatics) understanding of the body.


Botanical Medicine

A traditional medicinal or folk medicine practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts. Botanical medicine is also known as herbalism, herbal medicine, herbology, and phytotherapy. Common mispelling: Botanicle medicine


Chelation Therapy

The administration of chelating agents to remove heavy metals from the body. Common mispelling: Chilation


Chinese Medicine

A range of traditional medical practices originating in China. It is considered a Complementary or Alternative Medical system in much of the western world while remaining as a form of primary care througout most of Asia. Traditional Chinese Medicine includes treatments such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, dietary therapy, Tui na and Shiatsu massage.


Colon Hydrotherapy

Introducing liquids into the rectum and colon via the anus in order to detoxify the body.


Craniosacral Therapy

A method of used by physical therapists, massage therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors and osteopaths. A craniosacral therapy session involves the therapist placing their hands on the patient, which they state allows them to tune into what they call the craniosacral system. By gently working with the spine, the skull and its cranial sutures, diaphragms, and fascia, the restrictions of nerve passages are said to be eased, the movement of CSF through the spinal cord can be optimized, and misaligned bones are said to be restored to their proper position. Craniosacral therapists use the therapy to treat mental stress, neck and back pain, migraines, TMJ Syndrome, and for chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia.


Environmental Medicine

A multidisciplinary field involving medicine, environmental science, chemistry and others. The scope of this field involves studying the interactions between environment and human health, and the role of the environment in causing or mediating disease.


Flower Remedies

Dilutions of flower material developed by Edward Bach, an English physician and homeopath, in the 1930s. The remedies are used primarily for emotional and spiritual conditions, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress.



Homeopathy is a system of therapy based on the concept that disease can be treated with drugs (in minute doses) thought capable of producing the same symptoms in healthy people as the disease itself. Common mispelling: homiopathy, homyopathy


Mind/Body medicine

A variety of techniques designed to enhance the mind's capacity to affect bodily function and symptoms. Some of these are techniques that were once considered to be complementary or alternative medicine but have now become mainstream (for example, patient support groups and cognitive-behavioral therapy). Other mind-body techniques are still considered complementary or alternative medicine, including meditation, prayer, mental healing, and therapies that use creative outlets such as art, music, or dance.


Naturopathic medicine

Naturopathic medicine (also known as naturopathy or natural medicine) is a complementary and alternative medicine which emphasizes the body's innate ability to heal and maintain itself. Common mispelling: naturapathic



Injecting an otherwise non-pharmacological and non-active irritant solution into the body, generally in the region of tendons or ligaments for the purpose of strengthening weakened connective tissue and alleviating musculoskeletal pain.





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Homeopathy .... cures a larger percentage of cases than any other method of treatment and is beyond doubt safer and more economical and the most complete medical science.


Mahatama Gandhi



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