A Tribute to Robert James Moore
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Natural Therapies is a term used along with 'alternative medicine' to describe practices used independently or in place of conventional medicine. The term 'complementary medicine' is primarily used to describe practices used in conjunction with or to complement conventional medical treatments.
Examples of such therapies include:
Over 2000 years ago, Chinese medical writings described acupuncture channels with transporting energy (qi) around and through the body.
Qi is said to be influenced in specific ways at acupuncture points which lie along these channels. When qi flows freely the body will function well, when Qi becomes blacked, organ function is impaired and symptoms of illness will appear.
Aromatherapy is the art and science of utilising naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonise and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.
It is an art and science which seeks to explore the physiological and psychological and spiritual realm of the individual's response to aromatic extracts to reduce stress and enhance the individuals healing process.
As a holistic medicine, Aromatherapy is both a preventative and an active treatment during illness of disease.
Ayurveda means "the science of life. Ayurveda is a holistic system of healing which evolved in India some 3000-5000 years ago.
Ayurveda looks at each person as a unique individual and focuses on establishing and maintaining balance of life energies. Ayurveda seeks to heal the fragmentation and disorder of the mind-body complex and restore wholeness and harmony. The main object of this science is preservation of health and prevention of disease.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the great herbal systems of the world, with an unbroken tradition going back to the 3rd century BC.
Yet throughout its history it has continually developed in response to changing clinical conditions, and has been sustained by research into every aspect of its use. This process continues today with the development of modern medical diagnostic techniques and knowledge.
Chiropractic focuses on diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, with special emphasis on the spine, under the hypothesis that these disorders affect general health via the nervous system.
Chiropractic is a complementary and alternative medicine which is based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body). "Chiropractic" comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning "effective treatment by hand." Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body's inability to adapt to its environment.
Osteopathy recognises the importance of the link between the structure of the human body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on the body's skeleton and joint function along with the underlying muscles, soft tissue and internal organs.
Osteopaths consider each person as an individual. Utilising a highly developed sense of touch, they identify problem areas of the body. Using gentle stretching and mobilising techniques as well as manipulating joints, an osteopath works with the body to create the perfect conditions to facilitate the healing process.
Color therapy, also known as chromatherapy, is based on the premise that certain colors are infused with healing energies. The therapy uses the seven colors of the rainbow to promote balance and healing in the mind and body.
Counsellors assist in focusing on constructive behaviours which will help to reach specific goals.
A counsellors' training background may be from a variety of fields, including education, health care, psychology and natural therapies. The overall aim of counselling is to provide an opportunity to work towards a more satisfying and resourceful experience of life.
Naturally, each person's needs are different. The counsellor's role is to facilitate in ways that respect your values, personal resources and capacity for choice within cultural context.
Homeopathy is an effective and scientific system of healing which assists the natural tendency of the body to heal itself. It recognises that all symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person and that it is the patient who needs treatment not the disease.
As a new patient, these ideas may be new to you, but homoeopathy has been established for about 200 years.
In 1796 a German doctor, Samuel Hahnemann, discovered a different approach to the cure of the sick which he called homoeopathy (from the Greek words meaning "similar suffering"). Like Hippocrates two thousand years earlier he realised that there were two ways of treating ill health, the way of opposites and the way of similar's.
Iridology is the analysis of the iris, which is the colorful area of the eye that surrounds the pupil. By analyzing the iris, a person's level of health and specific areas of nutritional deficiency can be identified. This allows appropriate remedies to be recommended. Iridology is considered more a diagnostic tool than a therapy
Myotherapy is a method for relieving pain based on the application of pressure at trigger points throughout the body. Trigger points are defined as hypersensitive places in the muscles that cause pain in response to undue stress. They may be triggered by occupational or other injuries as well as by disease, physical stress, and emotional stress. Trigger points rarely occur in the same place where the pain is felt. Myotherapy is founded on the notion that relief of tension in the muscle followed by revitalisation of the relieved muscle through stretching, promotes healing and reduces the disposition of the muscle and the nerve to cause further pain.
Musculoskeletal Therapy is a therapy designed to treat the muscles and skeletal system using various soft tissue and mobilisation (not manipulation) techniques.
Used in the treatment and the rehabilitation of back pain, neck pain, joint pain, muscular dysfunction and/or injuries, musculoskeletal techniques incorporate a varied amount of "hands on" remedial and mobilisation techniques as well as home stretching and strengthening exercises. This assists in maintaining functional alignment of the skeletal system.
Naturopathy is a holistic approach to wellness based on the principle that the body has the inherent ability to heal itself. Using the healing power of nature and gentle therapeutic techniques, the body, mind and emotions are supported during the healing process.
Naturopathic principles are based on treating each person as an individual and treating the whole person, not just the affected area.
Naturopathy encompasses a variety of treatment methods including:
* Herbal Medicine to help prevent and treat various illnesses
* Dietary and Nutritional advice for restoration of balance, detoxification and prevention of disease
* Lifestyle advice to promote well-being and to reduce stress
* Hydrotherapy using the healing power of water to stimulate the immune system and the body's natural defenses
* Flower essences to enhance the emotional aspect of healing
* The use of compresses and packs to stimulate organ function and to reduce pain
* Soft tissue manipulation to rebalance the body's systems, to reduce pain and to enable detoxification
What we eat is an important part of our being.
Food provides us with the energy and vital nutrients necessary to remain healthy and help us should we become ill. We may have an allergic reaction or a food intolerance, which leads to an eruption on the skin. Stomach cramps, vomiting or diarrhoea may occur after eating certain foods.
Knowing which foods are responsible is the first step to ascertaining how to go about addressing the problem, though this can sometimes seem like a detective's nightmare. Often the only way is to carry out an elimination diet, by excluding certain substances.
A nutritionist is someone who examines our dietary intake and lifestyle so as to discover any imbalances.
Oriental Remedial Therapy
Oriental Therapy evolved from a 5000 years old tradition of healing arts.
Oriental Therapy utilises a combination of pressure and assisted-stretching techniques, some of which are common to other therapies, such as Massage, Physiotherapy, Acupressure, Osteopathy, Lymphatic Drainage, Do-in and others.
The treatment stimulates the circulation and the flow of lymphatic fluid, releases toxins and deep seated tensions from the muscles, stimulates the hormonal system and the immune system, and acts on the autonomic nervous system, allowing the recipient to relax deeply and to get in touch with own healing power.
Radiesthesia is the name given to a collection of theories based upon the assumption that all living organisms emit, radiate or give off a form of emanation or radiation which can be detected by less orthodox methods such as dowsing. it is used as a diagnostic tool as well as in the application of color therapy.
Remedial Massage Therapy
The word massage is most likely to have emerged from the Greek word 'Massein', meaning 'to knead' or the Arabic word 'mas'h' meaning 'to press softly'. Massage is the oldest form of physical medicine known to man and can be traced back to the early Chinese medical manuscripts around 400BC. Massage was advocated by Hippocrates who was born in the fifth century and was known as 'the father of medicine'. It was widely used and written of in Roman times with history recording how Julius Ceaesar received massage to relieve neuralgia!
Shiatsu Massage was developed in Japan early in the 20th Century. Although influenced by Western medicine, it has its basis in Traditional Chinese medicine and follows the same principles of energy and meridians as acupressure. The practitioner uses fingers, thumbs, elbows, knees and even feet in a combination of massage techniques, applying pressure to key points to influence and stimulate energy flow in the body. Shiatsu has become very popular in the West, where it is practised both by trained practitioners and as a self-treatment for minor ailments.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
With a history of 2000 to 3000 years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has formed a unique system to diagnose and cure illness. The TCM approach is fundamentally different from that of Western medicine. In TCM, the understanding of the human body is based on the holistic understanding of the universe as described in Daoism, and the treatment of illness is based primarily on the diagnosis and differentiation of syndromes.
Western Herbal Medicine
Western herbal medicine involves using plants and plant material to create medicines to help prevent or treat various illnesses. These materials may use some or all parts of a plant, such as flowers, roots, fruits, leaves, and bark. This modality emphasises the use of European and Native American herbs; however, herbs from other parts of the world are sometimes used as well.
Many of the above definitions were obtained from the A.N.T.A website. More information can be obtained from the A.N.T.A website.
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