Complementary and Alternative Medicine Glossary

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Term Definition
Acupressure A traditional Chinese medicine technique which involves placing physical pressure by hand on specific energy points on the body.
Acupuncture A process of inserting needles into specific targets to balance yin and yang to regulate qi to correct, restore and/or optimize health. The western definition is that acupuncture points stimulate the brain to release chemicals which affect the nerves, muscles and immune system. See
Acupuncturist A person who is trained and credentialed to perform acupuncture.
Alternative Therapy A treatment used instead of conventional cancer treatment.
Aromatherapy The belief that certain aromas can be stimulating and calming. Most aromatherapy uses essential oils from plants and herbs.
Art Therapy Uses a creative process to allow awareness and expression of emotions when it is otherwise difficult to do so. See