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An Alternative Medicine Glossary

June 1, 1999
Complementary and alternative medicine covers abroad range of therapies and modalities. The Washington, D.C.-based NationalCenter for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has established a classifiedsystem to prioritize applications for research grants. However, HR professionalscan use it as an educational tool to become well versed in the language of suchtreatments. 

Mind-Body Medicine:
   Mind-body medicine involves behavioral,psychological, social and spiritual approaches to health.

  • Yoga
  • InternalQigong
  • TaiChi
  • SpiritualHealing
  • Pastoralcare

Alternative Medical Systems:
   This category involves the complete systems oftheory and practice that have been developed outside of the Western biomedicalapproach.

  • Acupuncture
  • HerbalFormulas
  • TaiChi
  • Massageand Manipulation
  • Homeopathy
  • Radionics
  • OrthomolecularMedicine

Lifestyle & Disease Prevention:
   This category involves theories and practicesdesigned to prevent the development of illness, identify and treat risk factors,or support the healing and recovery process.

  • ElectrodermalDiagnostics
  • MedicalIntuition
  • EnzymeMeasures
  • Panchakarma

Biologically-based Therapies:
This category includes natural and biologicallybased practices, interventions and products.

  • Herbalism
  • SpecialDiet Therapies
  • OrthomolecularMedicine
  • Phamacological,Biological and Instrumental Interventions

Manipulative & Body-based Systems:
This category refers to systems that are basedon manipulation and/or movement of the body.

  • Chiropracticmedicine
  • Massageand body work
  • Reflexology
  • AppliedKinesiology
  • Acupressure
  • Rolfing
  • Colonics
  • Hydrotherapy

Biofield:
   This category involves systems that use subtleenergy fields in and around the body for medical purposes.

  • TherapeuticTouch
  • NaturalHealing
  • Huna
  • ExternalQigong
  • Biorelax

Bioelectromagnetics:
   This category involves the use ofelectromagnetic fields for medical purposes.

  • Magneticor electromagnetic therapy

Source: National Center for Complementary &Alternative Medicine in Washington, D.C.

Workforce,June 1999, Vol 78, No 6, p. 93  SubscribeNow!