Alternative Therapy General Information

The term “alternative therapy” is used to describe healing treatments that are not part of conventional medical training.  Here are some examples:


Similar to acupuncture, but using finger pressure rather than fine needles on specific points along the body to treat ailments eg.tension and stress, aches and pains, menstrual cramps, arthritis.


Fine needles are introduced to specific points to stimulate, disperse, and regulate the flow of vital energy, and restore a healthy energy balance. In addition to pain relief, acupuncture is also used to improve wellbeing and treat acute, chronic, and degenerative conditions in children and adults.


Using “essential oils” which have been distilled from plants; aromatherapy treats emotional disorders such as stress and anxiety as well as a wide range of other ailments. Oils are massaged into the skin in diluted form, inhaled, or placed in baths.


A method of monitoring tiny metabolic changes in the body. This is used especially for stress-related conditions such as asthma, migraines, insomnia, and high blood pressure.

Bach Flower Remedies

A system of herbal remedies devised by Edward Bach, these floral remedies can supposedly alter the disharmonies of personality and emotional state.

Chromotherapay or Colour Therapy

The use of colour ( usually in the form of coloured light) to produce beneficial or healing effects.

Colon Therapy

The therapeutic goals of colon therapy are to balance body chemistry, eliminate waste, and restore proper tissue and organ function. Colon therapy releases toxins, cleans the blood, stimulates the immune system, and aids in restoring the pH balance in the body.

Chinese (Oriental) Medicine

Oriental medical practitioners are trained to use a variety of ancient and modern therapeutic methods, which including acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, heat therapy, and nutritional and lifestyle counselling – to treat a broad range of illnesses.


The chiropractic views the spine as the backbone of human health: misalignments of the vertebrae caused by poor posture or trauma cause pressure on the spinal nerve roots, leading to diminished function and illness. Through manipulation or adjustment of the spine, treatment seeks to analyze and correct these misalignments.


A colonic is a colon irrigation, the irrigation of the large intestine with sanitized, filtered water under gentle pressure to wash out or detoxify it of stagnated fecal material; it is a full intestinal enema.


A traditional Chinese medical technique which applies suction to diseased parts of the body using ceramic glass or bamboo cups.  this is done to increase the regional circulation and thereby promote healing.

Craniosacral Therapy

This is a manual therapeutic procedure for remedying distortions in the structure and function of the craniosacral mechanism – the brain and spinal cord, the bones of the skull, the sacrum, and interconnected membranes. It is used to treat chronic pain, migraine headaches and a range of other conditions.

Dance/Movement Therapies

Dance and/or movement therapy uses expressive movement as a therapeutic tool for both personal expression and psychological or emotional healing. Practitioners work with people with physical disabilities, addition issues, sexual abuse histories, eating disorders, and other concerns.

Ear Candling

Primarily used for wax buildup and related hearing problems, can also be used for ear infections and sinus infections. Treatment involves placing the narrow end of a specially designed hollow candle at the entry of the ear canal, while the opposite end is lit.


Electropathy is a specialised system of therapeutics which involves the use of various forms of electric currents for medicinal purposes.

Feng Shui

Arranging the home or work environment to promote health, happiness, and prosperity. Consultants may recommend changes in the surroundings – from colour selection to furniture placement – in order to promote a health flow of chi, or vital energy.

Flower Essences

Drops of a solution infused with the captured “essence” of a flower are placed under the tongue or in a beverage. The practitioner helps the client choose appropriate essences, focusing on the client’s emotional state rather than on a particular physical condition.

Gem Therapy

A relatively recent discovery in the field of alternative medicines, it involves the use of specific gems to treat specific ailments.


Herbalism uses natural plants or plant-based substances to treat a range of illnesses and to enhance the functioning of the body’s systems.


Heliotherapy is the science conducted on the positive effects of the sun and is an effective tool in boosting the body’s immune system.

Holistic Medicine

A descriptive term for a healing philosophy that views a patient as a whole person, not as just a disease or a collection of symptoms. In the course of treatment, holistic medical practitioners may address a client’s emotional and spiritual dimensions as well as the nutritional, environmental, and lifestyle factors that may contribute to an illness. Many holistic medical practitioners combine conventional forms of treatment with natural or alternative treatments.


A medical system that uses infinitesimal doses of natural substances – called remedies – to stimulate a person’s immune and defense system. Common conditions hoeopathy addresses are infant and childhood diseases, infections, fatigue, allergies, and chronic illnesses such as arthritis.


Bypassing the conscious mind and accessing the subconscious, where suppressed memories, repressed emotions, and forgotten events may remain recorded. Hypnosis may facilitate behavioral, emotional, or attitudinal change such as weight loss, or smoking cessation.It is also used to treat phobias, stress, and as an adjunct in the treatment of illness.


The scientific application of water for therapeutic purposes. Water may be used at various temperatures, in different modes and in different forms.


Kinesiology is the study of the human body during movement. There are many disciplines within Kinesiology including anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control, motor learning, neuromuscular physiology, sports psychology, and philosophy.

Lymph Drainage Therapy

Therapy to drain and improve the lymphatic vessels, a system of tubes or canals through which lymph is carried from different parts of the body.

Massage Therapeutic

It involves the practice of manipulating a person’s muscles and other soft tissue with the intent of improving a person’s well-being or health, and may include, effleurage, deep tissue, percussion, vibration, and joint movement.


The application of natural and artificial magnets to the diseased parts of the human body. It is a clinical system by which human ailments are treated and cured through the application of magnets to the body of the patients.

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic physicians work to restore and support the body’s own healing abilities using a variety of modalities including nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathic medicine, and orient medicine.


A system of physical techniques, exercise and meditation used to relieve tension and fatigue and induce a state of harmony and peace.

Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathic physicians provide comprehensive medical care, including preventive medicine, diagnosis, surgery, prescription medications, and hospital referrals. In diagnosis and treatment, they pay particular attention to the joints, bones, muscles, and nerves and are specially trained in osteopathic manipulative treatment – using their hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness.

Pyramid Healing

A healing method using pyramidal structures.


This modal is based on the idea that specific points on the feet and hands correspond with organs and tissues throughout the body. With fingers and thumbs, the practitioner applies pressure to these points to treat awide range of stress-related illnesses.


Reiki is commonly used to treat emotional and mental distress as well as chronic and acute physical problems, and to assist the recipient in achieving spiritual focus and clarity.


Used to treat pain and illness and for general health maintenance. Using a series of techniques, practitioners apply rhythmic finger pressure at specific points on the body in order to stimulate chi, or the vital energy.

Sound Therapy

The use of sound waves to heal.

Vision Therapies

Through exercise and relaxation techniques, vision may be improved to the point that glasses may no longer be needed.

Vitamin Therapy

Vitamin usage combined with other treatments to address a range of illnesses and to enhance the functioning of the body’s systems. Assists the immune system in combating diseases such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Yoga Therapy

The use of yoga to address mental and physical problems while integrating body and mind.

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