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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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