Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is a group of diverse medical and health systems, practices, and products that use a natural and non-invasive approach in healing and prevention of disease. CAM is becoming widely accepted by many Americans as the pursuit of health and well-being is growing. The 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), which included a comprehensive survey of CAM use by Americans, showed that approximately 38 percent of adults use CAM. For more information you may visit the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at: nccam.nih.gov/ or contact one of the local businesses listed in this section of the Health Resource Guide.
Acupuncture – is one of the main forms of treatment in traditional Chinese medicine. It involves the use of very thin needles that are inserted in the body at very specific points. It is thought that acupuncture adjusts and alters the body’s energy flow into healthier patterns, and it is used to treat a wide variety of illnesses and health conditions.
Ayurveda – is the ancient Hindu science of health and medicine that emphasizes a preventive approach to health which focuses on an inner state of harmony and spiritual realization for self-healing.
Aqua-Chi Detox Foot Bath – is a state of the art “bio-energy charger” that raises health care to a new level. The Aqua-Chi Detox Foot Bath combines the life-giving properties of water with a special bio-electric charge which enhances and amplifies the body’s ability to heal and dramatically increases energy levels which help to detoxify your body.
Bioacoustics – is a science that deals with the relationship between living things and sound and is most aptly described as a cross between music therapy and biofeedback. The principles originate with the idea that the brain perceives and generates impulse patterns that can be measured as brain wave frequencies.
Biofeedback – is a complementary and alternative medicine technique in which a person learns to control their bodily functions. Electrical sensors are connected to a person’s body that help measure and receive information about the body. The biofeedback sensors teach a person how to make subtle changes in the body, such as relaxation, breathing, and heart rate, in order to achieve desired results.
BodyTalk – is an astonishingly simple and effective holistic therapy that allows the body’s energy systems to be re-synchronized so they can operate as nature intended. It is non-invasive, objective in application and works effectively on humans and animals alike. BodyTalk can be used as a stand-alone system to treat many chronic and acute health problems, or can be seamlessly integrated with any healthcare regimen to increase its overall effectiveness. BodyTalk’s major assets are its simplicity, safety and the speed of results.
Colon Hydrotherapy – is a safe and gentle way to hydrate and cleanse the colon Warm filtered water is introduced into the colon, hydrating the tissues and any hardened materials that may be in the colon. Colon Hydrotherapy is also known as colonic irrigation, colon therapy or a colonic.
Craniosacral Therapy – is a therapy that uses a light touch to detect and correct imbalances in the membranes of the central nervous system.
Energy Balancing – is a science of stimulating and balancing the body’s life energy so healing can occur.
Feldenkrais – is an educational system that allows the body to move and function more efficiently and comfortably. Its goal is to re-educate the nervous system and improve motor ability.
Fertility Hypnosis – focuses on all aspects surrounding fertility, through the support of hypnosis. Fertility hypnosis is more than relaxation and goal focusing. It’s an individualized program tailored to work alongside natural conception, assisted conception and special circumstances that surround an individual’s fertility challenges.
Hypnosis – is a psychological treatment where a person is put into a state of altered consciousness and deep relaxation, with the goal of improving a person’s ability to access certain internal experiences, such as memories or emotions.
HypnoBirthing – the Mongan Method is a gentle birthing method that promotes natural childbirth. Its unique approach to relaxation, breathing practices and visualization is enhanced through self-hypnosis and provides the woman with the awareness and confidence to use her natural birthing instincts.
Homeopathy – is a safe, effective system of natural medicine, used by millions of people worldwide for more than 200 years. Homeopathic medicines (called “remedies”) are prepared from natural sources, are used in extremely small amounts, and are recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They can be safely used alongside conventional medicines, they will not interfere with the action of medicines prescribed by your doctor,
and because they are non-toxic they have no side effects.
Iridology – is an alternative medicine technique in the form of energy work in which the practitioner studies the iris of the eye to assess where the person might have energy blocks. It is used to assist clients in improving energy levels and overall well-being.
Massage Therapy – is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm, and stress; and, to promote health and wellness.
Mindfulness Meditation – is an intentional and self-regulated focusing of attention, whose purpose is to relax and calm the mind and body. Naturopathic Medicine – is primary physician-based health care which focuses on holistic and natural medicine.
Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) – is a model rather than a theory – it is the study of subjective experience geared more toward finding solutions than analyzing causes.
Reiki – is a method of natural healing based on the application of Universal Life Force Energy. It is a gentle, noninvasive touch either directly on your body or slightly above your body. The intent is to open one’s body to its own healing energy.
Rosen Method Bodywork – is a unique form of bodywork that invites relaxation, awareness, and a coming home to the body. Founded over 30 years ago by Marion Rosen, a physical therapist and innovator in the field of body/mind therapies, Rosen Method is based on the premise that we use muscle tension as a way to limit our experience of life.