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Title: Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine
  • is the term for medical products and practices
    that are not part of standard care. Standard care
    is what medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy,
    and allied health professionals, such as nurses
    and physical therapists, practice.

Complementary vs Alternative
  • Complementary medicine is used together with
    standard medical care. An example is
    using acupuncture to help with side effects of
    cancer treatment.
  • Alternative medicine is used in place of standard
    medical care. An example is treating heart
    disease with chelation therapy (which seeks to
    remove excess metals from the blood) instead of
    using a standard approach

  • What is Homeopathy Anyway?
  • Homeopathic medicine is a natural pharmaceutical
    science that uses various plants, minerals or
    animals in very small dose to stimulate the sick
    person's natural defenses.

  • Homeopaths, like many modern physiologists,
    recognize that symptoms represent the best
    efforts of the organism to adapt to and defend
    against various stresses or infections. Because
    the body is not always successful in dealing with
    every stress or infection, it is important to
    find a substance in nature that has the capacity
    to mimic the symptoms the person is experiencing
    in order to aid the body in its efforts to defend
    and ultimately heal itself.

Herbal Medicine
  • Herbalists use the leaves, flowers, stems,
    berries, and roots of plants to prevent, relieve,
    and treat illness. From a "scientific"
    perspective, many herbal treatments are
    considered experimental. The reality is, however,
    that herbal medicine has a long and respected

Herbal Medicine
  • Today, science has isolated the medicinal
    properties of a large number of botanicals, and
    their healing components have been extracted and

For example, Vincristine (an antitumor drug),
digitalis (a heart regulator), and ephedrine (a
bronchodilator used to decrease respiratory
congestion) were all originally discovered
through research on plants.
  • Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most
    commonly used medical procedures in the world.
  • Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago,
    acupuncture became widely known in the United
    States in 1971

  • Traditional Chinese medicine theorizes that the
    more than 2,000 acupuncture points on the human
    body connect with 12 main and 8 secondary
    pathways, called meridians.
  • Chinese medicine practitioners believe these
    meridians conduct energy, or qi, between the
    surface of the body and
  • internal organs.

  • A training program designed to develop ones
    ability to control the autonomic nervous system.
    After learning the technique a patient may be
    able to control heart rate, blood pressure, and
    skin temperature, or to relax certain organs.
    Using a monitor that sounds a tone when changes
    in pulse, blood pressure, brain waves, muscle
    contractions occur. The patient attempts to
    reproduce conditions that caused the desired

  • Scientific application of using water in the
    treatment of disease. The therapeutic effects of
    hydrotherapy include
  • Buoyancy for arthritis or paralysis, where the
    buoyancy relieves the stress of weith bearing and
    allows freer motion
  • Brief Hot tub and shower baths Relieve fatigue
    and produce general relaxation
  • Whirlpool Water bath where water is agitated by
    electricity, aids in debridement of wounds.

  • Cold and Hot applications One followed by the
    other stimulates cardiovascular system both
    locally and generally.
  • Hot Baths Relaxes tissue, including capillaries
    of skin, drawing blood from deeper tissues and
    relieving pain.
  • Resistance Viscosity of the water causes
    resistance to movement and can be used for
    therapeutic exercise. The faster the movement
    the greater the resistance.

  • All people wish to be happy. This seemingly
    simple desire appears to elude the
    best-intentioned efforts of even the most
    intelligent among us. Yet almost everyone has had
    glimpses of deep peacefulness when they have felt
    connected both to themselves, to others, and to
    nature. Curiously, the state of feeling good and
    whole does not seem to be something we can order
    up on demand but rather appears to happen
    spontaneously. In such moments we experience a
    sense of translucence such that that which we
    see, feel, sense, hear, or touch no longer feels
    separate from us but is experienced as a part of
    our own totality.

  • Yoga is a technology for arriving in this present
    moment. It is a means of waking up from our
    spiritual amnesia, so that we can remember all
    that we already know. It is a way of remembering
    our true nature, which is essentially joyful and
    peaceful. Developed as a pragmatic science by
    ancient seers centuries ago, yoga is a practice
    that person, regardless of age,
    sex, race, or religious belief, can use to
    realize his/ her full potential.

Massage Therapy
  • Uses pressure, kneading, stroking, vibration, and
    tapping to help client relax in mind and body.
  • Improves concentration, promotes restful sleep,
    and relaxes the mind.
  • Practices
  • Own Office
  • Clients residence
  • Spas or Resorts
  • Chiropractors office
  • Mall
  • Types
  • Swedish
  • Neuromuscular
  • Shiatsu and acupressure
  • Reiki
  • Seated massage
  • Responsibilities
  • Explain preparation
  • Create restful, relaxing atmosphere
  • Assesses types of strokes/methods to use
  • Preserve clients modesty and dignity at all

  • Hypnosis is similar to daydreaming, but unlike
    daydreaming, hypnosis is deliberate and goal
    directed. Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis in
    a therapeutic setting to help achieve a specific,
    achievable short-term goal.
  • Hypnotherapists help clients select relevant
    goals, commit to the achievement of the goals,
    and carry out posthypnotic suggestions. A
    posthypnotic suggestion is made while the client
    is hypnotized. After hypnosis, the client
    consciously incorporates the suggestion into
    everyday life to achieve a specific goal, such as
    stopping cigarette smoking or overcoming the fear
    of speaking in front of an audience.

  • Theory-Guided imagery is based on the concept
    that your body and mind are connected. Using all
    of your senses, your body seems to respond as
    though what you are imagining is real.
  • Benefits-You can achieve a relaxed state when you
    imagine all the details of a safe, comfortable
    place, such as a beach or a garden. This relaxed
    state may aid healing, learning, creativity, and
  • Vss. traditional meds-Imagery had been found to
    be very effective for the treatment of stress.
    Imagery is at the center of relaxation techniques
    designed to release brain chemicals that act as
    your body's natural brain tranquilizers, lowering
    blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety levels.

  • The physical act of applying pressure to the feet
    and hand with certain thumb, finger, and hand
    techniques without the use of oil or lotion. The
    left hand and foot applies to the left side of
    the body, while the right hand and foot applies
    to the right side of the body. t foot or hand
    reflects the left side of the body and the right
    foot or hand the right side. The spine reflex
    area runs down the insides of the feet and hands
    with reflex areas for the arm and shoulder
    reflected toward the outside of the foot or hand.
    The toes and fingers mirror the head and neck as
    well as the parts of the body they encase. The
    ball of the foot mirrors the chest and upper back
    in addition the heart and lungs.

Comes from Egypt, China, and Japan
The benefits. Relaxation Pain
Reduction Amelioration of symptoms for health
concerns Rejuvenation of tired feel Improvement
in blood flow Easier birthing
90 of the studies show a positive result.