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  1. Ayurveda - Topic Overview

    What is ayurveda?Ayurveda, or ayurvedic medicine, is a health system that people in India have used for more than 5, 000 years. Ayurveda emphasizes good health and prevention of illness through lifestyle practices (such as massage, meditation, yoga, and dietary changes) and the use of herbal remedies. Ayurvedic medicine is holistic, which means viewing the body and mind as a whole. Ayurveda not ..

  2. Autogenic Training - Topic Overview

    What is autogenic training?Autogenic training (AT) is a technique that teaches your body to respond to your verbal commands. These commands "tell" your body to relax and control breathing, blood pressure, heartbeat, and body temperature. The goal of AT is to achieve deep relaxation and reduce stress. After you learn the technique, you can use it whenever you need or want relief from symptoms of ..

  3. Kava - Topic Overview

    What is kava?Kava, or kava kava, is a root found on South Pacific islands. Islanders have used kava as medicine and in ceremonies for centuries. Kava has a calming effect, producing brain wave changes similar to changes that occur with calming medications such as diazepam (Valium, for example).1 Kava also can prevent convulsions and relax muscles.2 Although kava is not addictive, its effect ...

  4. Healing Touch - Topic Overview

    What is healing touch?Healing touch influences a person's physical or emotional health without anyone physically touching the person. It is widespread. Healing touch is also called spiritual or energy healing, therapeutic touch, or distant healing.In the 1970s, nurses developed a specific form of healing touch called therapeutic touch to provide a more holistic (viewing the body and mind as a ...

  5. Chelation Therapy - Topic Overview

    What is chelation therapy?Chelation therapy is a chemical process in which a synthetic solution-EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid)-is injected into the bloodstream to remove heavy metals and/or minerals from the body. Chelation means “to grab” or “to bind.” When EDTA is injected into the veins, it “grabs” minerals such as lead, mercury, copper, iron, arsenic, aluminum, and calcium

  6. Health & Balance Guide - Topic Overview

    What is Chinese medicine?Chinese medicine is a philosophy of medicine partly based on the idea that an energy, called qi (pronounced "chee"), flows along pathways in the body called meridians. In this belief, if the flow of qi along these meridians is blocked or unbalanced, illness can occur. In China, doctors have practiced Chinese medicine for thousands of years, and it is gaining in popularity

  7. Health & Balance Guide - Topic Overview

    What is homeopathy?Homeopathy, or homeopathic medicine, is a medical philosophy and practice based on the idea that the body has the ability to heal itself. Homeopathy was founded in the late 1700s in Germany and has been widely practiced throughout Europe. Homeopathic medicine views symptoms of illness as normal responses of the body as it attempts to regain health.Homeopathy is based on the ...

  8. Health Benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong

    Explore tai chi and qigong, two Asian exercises practiced for both mind and body benefits.

  9. Which Style of Yoga Is Best for You?

    See basic differences between the various common styles of yoga, including Bikram, power yoga, and more. Check out these tips for choosing a style right for you.

  10. Healing Through Humor - Topic Overview

    Laugh your way to better health You’re lying in bed with some kind of health problem,taking medicine and maybe getting some kind of treatment or therapy. Or maybe you’re taking care of someone who’s ill,and it’s wearing you out. Sometimes life can feel pretty overwhelming. This might seem like a crazy idea,but now’s the time for you to laugh. Think for a minute… Is there anything close by ...

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