Practitioners and Alternative Health Therapies: Acupuncturists - Ayurveda - Chiropractors - Herbalists - Homeopaths - Massage Therapists / Aromatherapists - Naturopaths - Nutritionists - Osteopaths - Reflexologists - Yoga

The Ancient Chinese believed that there is a critical energy behind all life forms and processes. This energy was named Qi (pronounced chee). While developing an understanding of disease, it's cure and prevention, healers found that energy flows through specific pathways called meridians. Each meridian is associated with a particular physiological system and internal organ. If a deficiency or imbalance of energy in the meridians comes about, disease occurs. Acupuncture points are specific sites along the meridians. Each point has a predictable effect upon vital energy passing through it. Through the use of various acupuncture "needles" the Acupuncturist formulates a treatment plan to stimulate the body to a balanced state of health.

Ayurveda, which means "the science or knowledge of life", is the traditional holistic medical practice of India, and has only recently become known to the rest of the world. Ayurveda states that body, spirit and mind are closely connected, and this is revolutionising the way individuals understand their body and health. Ayurvedic practitioners believe that the separation of mind and spirit from the body creates physical imbalance, which is the first step in the disease process. It then follows that re-integration is the first step toward healing. Ayurveda's approach to healing is thus to restore harmony between self and environment and create an optimal environment for health. To achieve this, Ayurveda offers a group of treatments often referred to as "five sense therapies". These are Diet and Herbalism, Aromatherapy, Touch therapy (Massage), Sound therapy and Colour therapy.

Chiropractors treat patients whose health concerns are associated with the nervous, muscular and skeletal systems of the body. (Especially the spine) These practitioners believe interference with the above mentioned systems impair normal functions and decrease resistance to disease. They hold that spinal or vertebral dysfunctions alter various important body functions by affecting the nervous system, and that skeletal imbalance through joint or articular dysfunction can cause pain. Chiropractors use a holistic approach to health care and stress the patient's overall well-being. They recognise that many factors affect health, including exercise, rest, diet, environment and heredity. Chiropractors use non-surgical, natural health treatments, and rely on the body's internal healing abilities.

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Complete Book Of Ayurvedic Home Remedies
Author(s): Vasant Lad
The Treatment Of Illness
Author(s): Jill Rosemary Davies
Complete Family Guide To Alternative Medicine: An Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Natural Healing
Publisher: HarperCollins Publisher, Element Books Inc
Natural Healing: Alternative/Complimentary Resources For Total Health
Author(s): S.Jeanne Gunn
The Complete Encyclopedia Of Natural Healing
Author(s): Gary Null

New Choices In Natural Healing:Drug Free Remedies From The World Of Alternative Medicine
Author(s): Fugh-Berma



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