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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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

  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. Health & Balance Guide - Topic Overview

    What is therapeutic touch? Therapeutic touch is a technique to help people relax, relieve their pain, and help them heal faster. Therapeutic touch is also called a "laying on of hands." Therapeutic touch is thought to promote healing through balance in the body.

  5. Aromatherapy (Essential Oils Therapy) - Topic Overview

    What is aromatherapy?Aromatherapy, or essential oils therapy, is using a plant's aroma - producing oils (essential oils) to treat disease. Essential oils are taken from a plant's flowers, leaves, stalks, bark, rind, or roots. The oils are mixed with another substance (such as oil, alcohol, or lotion) and then put on the skin, sprayed in the air, or inhaled. You can also massage the oils into the .

  6. Health & Balance Guide - Topic Overview

    What is prayer?Many people believe prayer is a way to communicate directly with a spiritual energy or higher being. Prayer can be silent, as in meditation, or spoken aloud in a group, as in a religious setting. Prayer may help people find an inner sense of meaning, or it may strengthen their belief in a higher being. Prayer may feel very supportive to people faced with life - changing problems, ..

  7. Health Benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong

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

  8. 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.

  9. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Topic Overview

    What is mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR)? MBSR is a program that helps you learn to calm your mind and body to help you cope with illness,pain,and stress. MBSR teaches "mindfulness," a focus only on things happening in the present moment. For example,you may sit quietly and think only about how your body feels. You might focus only on the sounds around you or how your food tastes ...

  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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