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Chiropractic -- Chiropractic (from Greek chiros and praktikos meaning "done by hand") is a health care profession whose purpose is to diagnose and treat mechanical disorders of the spine and musculoskeletal system with the intention of affecting the nervous system and improving health.[1] It is based on the premise that a spinal joint dysfunction can interfere with the nervous system and result in many different conditions of diminished health. While some chiropractors use the term vertebral subluxation to describe what they treat, others have dropped this concept and concentrate mostly on the musculoskeletal components of spinal injury and rehabilitation of the spine.[2] In contrast, the term subluxation as used in conventional medicine is usually associated with specific conditions which are a direct consequence of injury to joints or associated nerves.

Bodywork (alternative medicine) -- Bodywork is a term used in alternative medicine or complementary medicine to describe any therapeutic, healing or personal development work which involves some form of touching, energetic work or the physical manipulation of a rational and practically oriented physical and somatic (see somatics) understanding of the body.

Most forms of bodywork are listed under Somatic disciplines. Some of the best known forms of bodywork are: Yoga and pranayama breath work and respiration techniques; Respiratory therapy; Body-Mind Centering; Continuum Movement; Feldenkrais method; Rolfing; Trager Approach. Other methods involve voice, movement or dance such as 5Rhythms by Gabrielle Roth. Often bodywork is combined with methods for personal development and body-psychotherapy, especially with Gestalt therapy and Psychodrama.

Lifestyle diseases -- Lifestyle diseases (also called diseases of longevity or diseases of civilization) are diseases that appear to increase in frequency as countries become more industrialized and people live longer. They include Alzheimer's disease, atherosclerosis, cancer, chronic liver disease or cirrhosis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, nephritis or chronic renal failure, osteoporosis, acne, stroke, depression and obesity.

Factors in diet, lifestyle, and the house are thought to influence susceptibility to the diseases listed below. Smoking, alcohol and drug abuse as well as the lack of exercise may increase the risk of certain diseases in later life.

Therapeutic touch -- Therapeutic Touch (TT) is described by proponents as "an energy modality which encourages healing". TT practitioners say that by placing their hands near the patient they can detect and manipulate the patient's energy fields, which allows them to assist the natural healing process.

Dora Kunz and Dolores Krieger, Ph.D., R.N. developed Therapeutic Touch in the 1970s. Initially, nurses learned Therapeutic Touch and used it as part of patient care. More recently, lay people began learning this therapy because Kunz and Krieger realized all human beings have the potential to heal and help.

Herbalism -- Herbalism is a traditional medicinal or folk medicine practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts. Herbalism is also known as botanical medicine, medicinal botany,[3] medical herbalism, herbal medicine, herbology, and phytotherapy. Sometimes the scope of herbal medicine is extended to include fungi and bee products, as well as minerals, shells and certain animal parts.

Many plants synthesize substances that are useful to the maintenance of health in humans and other animals. These include aromatic substances, most of which are phenols or their oxygen-substituted derivatives such as tannins. Many are secondary metabolites, of which at least 12,000 have been isolated — a number estimated to be less than 10% of the total. In many cases, these substances (particularly the alkaloids) serve as plant defense mechanisms against predation by microorganisms, insects, and herbivores.


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  1. ^ "Standards for Doctor of Chiropractic Programs and Requirements for Institutional Status" (PDF). The Council on Chiropractic Education. January 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  2. ^ "Chiropractic Paradigm". Association of Chiropractic Colleges. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  3. ^ (a neologism coined by Dr. K. Seshagirirao, University of Hyderabad, India)