List of people in alternative medicine
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This is a list of people in alternative medicine who are notable for developing, founding, inventing, promoting, practicing, marketing, commentating or researching on alternative medicine.
- Albert Abrams - Inventor of Electronic Reactions of Abrams "technology", dynomizer, oscilloclast and radioclast.
- F. Matthias Alexander - Founder of the Alexander Technique, a movement retraining process.
- Edward Bach - Founder of flower essence therapy and the Bach flower remedies.
- William Horatio Bates - Founder of the Bates Method alternative approach to eyesight improvement.
- Henry G. Bieler - American physician and author of Food is Your Best Medicine, known for diet-based healing and treatment of Hollywood celebrities.
- Paul Bragg - Known for the Bragg Health Crusades, the Bragg Healthy Lifestyle, deep breathing, water fasts, organic foods, juicing and listening to one's body.
- Charaka - One of the founders of Ayurveda.
- Deepak Chopra - Endocrinologist and Ayurvedic Medicine Practitioner, author of popular books on health and spirituality.
- Nicholas Culpeper - English physician, author of the early seventeenth century Culpeper's Herbal.
- Sylvester Graham - Known for Graham Crackers and founded Grahamism.
- Stanislav Grof - One of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology and founder of Holotropic Breathwork.
- Samuel Hahnemann - Founded homeopathy.
- Michael Harner - Synthesized shamanic beliefs and practices from all over the world into a system now known as neoshamanism.
- Gustav Hemwall - Prolotherapy injection proponent.
- Adolf Just - Late 19th/Early 20th century German naturopath. Advocate for the "Nature Cure" movement.
- John Harvey Kellogg - Promoter of colon therapy at the Battle Creek Sanatorium in Battle Creek, Michigan.
- Will Keith Kellogg - Inventor of corn flakes in 1894 and manager of the Battle Creek Sanitarium.
- Sebastian Kneipp - Bavarian priest who began the Nature Cure movement (1890s). Chiefly known for his contributions to hydrotherapy.
- Louis Kuhne - Promoter of hydrotherapy, especially hip and sitz baths.
- George Lewith - UK advocate for alternative medicine and professor at Southampton University.
- Karl Axel Lind - Founder of Full-body reflexology.
- Pehr Henrik Ling - Swedish pioneer of physical education. Falsely credited as the Father of Swedish Massage (that credit goes to Johann Georg Mezger).
- Benedict Lust - Founder of naturopathic medicine in the United States. Purchased the rights to the term "naturopathy" from John Scheel.
- Maria Sabina - Mexican healer, mystic leader of Mazatec people, curandero specializing in the native psilocybe mushrooms.
- Caroline Myss - American medical intuitive, mystic and author.
- Devi Nambudripad - Founder of NAET, controversial allergy treatment.
- Leonard Orr - Developed Rebirthing.
- David Orme-Johnson - Researcher and proponent of Transcendental Meditation technique.
- Daniel Palmer - Founder of chiropractic.
- B. J. Palmer - Son of D.D. Palmer and known as the "developer" of chiropractic.
- Linus Pauling - Coined the term "orthomolecular medicine," the controversial use of Vitamin C and other megavitamin therapies. Pauling was however not a general supporter of alternative medicine.
- Fritz Perls - Founder of Gestalt Therapy.
- Vincent Priessnitz - One of the founders of hydrotherapy.
- Wilhelm Reich - Founder of Orgonomy.
- Ida P. Rolf - Founder of Rolfing Structural Integration, the first bodywork that attempted to change posture.
- Charlotte Selver - Introduced the concept of sensory awareness for movement education and healing, which influenced many health disciplines during the Human Potential Movement.
- Herbert Shelton - Founded the Natural Hygiene movement.
- Bernie Siegel - American MD and author who promotes cultivating one's attitude toward healing.
- Rudolf Steiner - Founded anthroposophical medicine.
- Andrew Taylor Still - Founded osteopathy, a manual therapy practice.
- Samuel Thomson - 19th century herbalist, founded Thomsonian Medicine.
- Mabel Todd - Founded Ideokinesis, a form of somatic education, in the 1930s.
- Dana Ullman - Proponent of Homeopathy in the United States
- Mikao Usui - Founded Reiki during the early twentieth century in Japan.
- Andrew Weil - Founder of Integrative Medicine and author.
- J. R. Worsley - Founder of Five Elements school of acupuncture.
- Frances Wright - Active in the American Popular Health Movement of the 1830s and 40s.
- Yellow Emperor (Huang Di) - Historically credited as the founder of traditional Chinese medicine.
- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - Founder of Transcendental Meditation.