Complementary Therapies


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Complementary Therapies

  1. 1. Module 18: Lecture Complementary Therapies
  2. 2. Feng Shui (fung shway) <ul><li>Used by the Chinese and other Eastern cultures. Chi is the life-giving energy that suffuses all things. Goal is harmony and balance. On site consultation most effective method to analyze what is needed. This therapy deals with the flow of energy (Chi) in the home, neighborhood, desktop or work </li></ul><ul><li>place using color, plants, chimes and location. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Mind-body Interventions <ul><li>Psychotherapy, support groups, hypnosis, music therapy, biofeedback, art therapy, meditation, yoga, prayer & mental healing, imagery, and dance therapy. This helps clients to experience and express their illness in new, clearer ways. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Naturopathic <ul><li>Also called naturopathy. Therapies that are almost exclusively natural and nontoxic. Clinical nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, physical medicine, and counseling. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Reiki (ray-key) <ul><li>A Japanese word – Rei, meaning universal, and Ki, meaning life force. Use universal life force to heal the self and others. Administered “hands-on” while the patient is fully clothed. Hands are rested on key locations of the body, applying little or no pressure. Works to relieve energy blockages in the body. Also a spiritual part of this practice. Prayer. Channeling the source. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Yoga <ul><li>Practiced in the Orient. Meditation techniques – to enable a person to achieve the highest state of man’s evolution oneness with god and ever-new-joy. General exercise form that prevents disease by keeping the meridians open and the qi or energy flowing. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Chiropractic <ul><li>A primary care provider. Extensive training. Licensed. The relationship of the spine to the body is the focus of the chiropractic. An imbalance of nerve conduction can cause pain, organ dysfunction, and a poor overall well-being. Through adjustments there is a restoration of normal nerve expression. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Ayurveda <ul><li>A holistic system of medicine that orginated in India. Ayurveda means “science of life”. </li></ul><ul><li>Based on the concept of “Doshas”, physiological attributes or metabolic types, and bodily humors that determine the basic physical and health characteristics of an individual. Three doshas –vata, pita and kapha. Must maintain balance between the three doshas. Main focus is on diet. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Aromatherapy <ul><li>The use of essential oils for therapeutic effects. For restorative effects on the body, mind and spirit. Scent is conveyed by the olfactory nerve to the areas of the brain that can influence emotions and hormonal response. Also can be absorbed through the skin. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Acupuncture <ul><li>An ancient art. Insertion of very fine needles, sometimes in conjunction with electrical stimuli, on the body’s surface, in order to influence physiological functioning of the body. The body has a energy force running through known as Qi. The Qi is the essential life activities which include spiritual, emotional, mental and the physical aspects of life. Must be in balance so that Yin and Yang may be in balance. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Magnetic Field Therapy <ul><li>The use of magnets to help in wound healing or improve circulation. Approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for treatment of nonunion fractures. Used in other countries for rheumatic diseases, pediatric sinusitis and enuresis, and ischemic disorders of the lower extremities. Studies are determining if this will help fibromyalgia patients. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Urine Therapy <ul><li>Used to treat a wide range of illnesses. Described as a miraculous medicine. Example of treatment: AIDS, allergy, antivirus, pneumonia, insomnia, jaundice, and many others are listed. Multiple treatments which include: drinking urine, gargling, drops to ears or eyes, soaking, packing in wounds, injection and others </li></ul>
  13. 13. Multiple Herbal Products <ul><li>Gingseng, saw palmetto, echinacea, garlic, ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort, and so many more. Recommendation is to get a good herbal book for reference on usage, side effects, interactions, and patient teaching. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Others? <ul><li>There are many other therapies besides those listed. Do you know of some that have not been mentioned? </li></ul>