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Glossary

These are terms that are used frequently in the holistic, natural and eco-friendly community. Special thanks to our reference-checked Professional Members for researching and providing these definitions.

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Term Definition
Acupuncture

Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. As part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body.  The acupuncture technique that has been most often studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles (aka filaments) that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.

Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is an interdisciplinary approach to health care, which draws together the core elements of complementary therapies, creating a unified approach to the diagnosis and treatment of functional illness. AK uses chemical, mental and structural components to health. It is based on muscle testing, postural analysis, and standard medical history as well as laboratory and diagnostic testing. Kinesiologists often combine nutrition, physical manipulation, neurological testing, traditional Chinese medicine, and emotional release techniques or modalities.

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Bowen Therapy

Bowen Therapy works primarily through the nervous system on both structural and energetic levels. The technique is gentle and noninvasive, and can be performed through clothing. A Bowen treatment consists of gentle rolling movements. These stimulations activate a systemic response so powerful that a few minutes’ pause is observed to allow them to be integrated. A pattern of movements and pauses continues throughout the treatment. The rhythm is soothing, and most clients fall asleep at least once during the session. 

Chiropractic

Chiropractic care is a natural method of health care that focuses on correcting the causes of physical problems from subluxations or misalignments of the bones in the body, especially the spine. A Chiropractor (D.C.) provides health care that is holistic and improves people’s lives by optimizing the functioning of the nervous system, so the body is able to function better.

Colon Hydrotherapy

Colon cleansing is removing stool from the colon through the use of laxatives, enemas, enzymes, herbal teas, or dietary supplements. The theory behind colon cleansing is that it helps remove toxins from the body (detoxification) and helps the "good" bacteria in the colon to flourish.  This helps balance body chemistry, eliminate waste, and restore proper tissue and organ function.

Colon Hydrotherapy (also known as colonics) uses filtered water passed through the colon to accomplish detoxification and removal of excess toxins from the body. It has been known to help with weight loss, weight management and other types of physical cleanses.

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Constellation Healing

A constellation is a process that allows your subconscious dynamics to reveal hidden secrets that cause problems in your life. Once something is conscious, you can be empowered to make better choices that serve you beyond any inherited negative patterns that do not.

Usually through a group process, you are supported by a skilled facilitator with attendees who represent aspects or ancestors as needed. They respond to the energy of your subconscious. The facilitator reads the energy of the core issue that needs to be expressed and works toward resolution of internal conflict(s). A new reality emerges once hidden secrets are revealed and energy is released.

Dowsing

Dowsing is an ancient practice that was used to find water. Today it still is, and it's also used to clear energy disturbances in homes and businesses. Energy disturbances are created by things like EMFs, cell phones and towers, negative vortexes, geopathic stress or even previous occupants. By dowsing your home or business and using copper curing rods, you are able to block out these negative vibrations which can result in better sleep, less anxiety, calmer pets, removing vibrations from past occupants, and helping homes sell and increased business. Positive energy is everything!

Provided by Jeanie Pasquale.

Energy Healing Therapies

Energy healing therapy involves a practitioner channeling energy to a client, facilitating all bioenergetic systems towards greater health. Several dozen forms of energy healing therapies address the wide range of human conditions. Utilizing technique, intention, intuition and collaboration, it can work on all levels of the body, mind and spirit. Many report reduction in pain, stress and ailment. Greater peace of mind, ability to rest, sleep, a better outlook, a better outcome and a better life.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are natural, therapeutic oils used to mentally, physically and emotionally support your body. Certain oils such as lavender and wintergreen can combat everything from allergies to stress, providing healthy and safe alternatives to prescription medication.

Flotation Therapy

Flotation therapy involves floating in approx. 10 inches of warm water filled with high concentrations Epsom salts. This creates a floating experience resulting in a feeling of weightlessness and deep relaxation, stress relief and pain relief. It is often used for treatment of PTSD and anxiety issues. it is sometimes considered a form of meditation and has many other potential benefits.

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Guided Imagery

Guided Imagery (GI) is a therapeutic healing technique in which a facilitator uses descriptive language intended to psychologically benefit an individual or group of individuals. This technique incorporates the unconscious mind and imagery, intended for emotional and/or physical wellness and stress relief. GI may be meditative or interactive, allowing the client to discover or rediscover important information about themselves through the guidance of an intuitive counselor.

Halotherapy

A popular form of natural therapy in Europe and Russia, Halotherapy is also known as Dry Salt Therapy. It is a natural and holistic treatment for adults and children that has been known to help with respiratory system concerns like allergies and asthma, as well as skin conditions. It also promotes better breathing, sounder sleep and overall wellness.

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Herbalism

The study and practice of using plants to treat illness and promote health. Herbal medicines include herbs, herbal materials, herbal preparations and finished herbal products that contain as active ingredients parts of plants and/or other plant materials, including flowers, fruit, seed, stems, wood, bark, roots, rhizomes or other plant parts.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a system of natural medicine that seeks to heal the body rather than simply treat disease symptoms. It has been used for over 200 years and is currently practied by over 500 million people worldwide.

Homeoprophylaxis

Homeoprophylaxis, also known as HP, orally introduces safe, homeopathic versions of diseases to the body in order to naturally stimulate the immune system. It is the safe use of diluted and potentized disease products (nosodes) or material from an animal, mineral or vegetable source to educate the immune system naturally. Provided by Cilla Whatcott, HD RHom, CCH, PhD

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Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic utilization of hypnosis (or related techniques like guided imagery) to alter unhealthy subconscious patterns or increase motivation. It is beneficial for stress relief as well as vocational and avocational self-improvement. Certified Hypnotherapists help clients relax into an altered state of consciousness (aka alpha or theta brainwave state) which enables an increased receptivity to positive suggestions customized for the client's benefit. Studies have proven hypnotherapy’s effectiveness to support behavioral changes (especially weight loss and smoking cessation), increase confidence and “reprogram” fears or phobias as well as to supplement other healing techniques.

Integrative Medicine

Integrative medicine is healthcare that views the patient as the most important member of the medical team and applies all safe and effective therapies without subservience to any one school of medical thought. An approach used by many Naturopathic Doctors (N.D.).

Medical Intuition

A Medical Intuitive evaluates the current state of physical health of the human body using the skill of intuitive “scanning.” This evaluation provides specific information regarding the functioning of all body systems, including the impact of illness and disease. Medical Intuitives are noted for locating health issues that standard medical diagnostic tests may miss, as well as finding energetic imbalances preemptively before illness can manifest.

Naturopath

Naturopaths are natural health practitioners who help you to solve your health issues without the use of drugs or surgery.  Naturopaths employ many different methods of healing, which may include herbs, tinctures, teas, essential oils, reflexology, energy work, supplements, nutrition, massage, accupressure, and other techniques.  

All techniques used by naturopaths are based on natural methods using food, water, air, exercise, sleep, energy and management of emotions.  Modern methods may be employed to enhance the treatments.  Naturopaths take the creed "First, do no harm" very seriously.  They believe that chemicals and prescription drugs are harmful to the body.  

Thermography

Thermography is using digital infrared camera imaging to see the surface of the skin reflecting the physiology in the sympathetic nervous system of what's happening internally in the body. Used as a health screening for inflammation, pre mammogram breast tissue, tumors, periodontal disease, infection pathways from the mouth through the trigeminal nerve to the heart, and many more early detection of hidden conditions within the body for early detection of heart disease cancer, etc.

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