Alternative Care Modalities ...
Dozens of alternative care therapies practiced in the U.S. are effective in gently restoring health. Unlike traditional health insurance, aegis offers coverage for them. The following are definitions of the most common alternative treatments:
- Acupressure ... treatment of symptoms by applying pressure with the fingers to specific pressure points on the body
- Acupuncture ... treatment of pain or disease by inserting the tips of needles at specific points on the skin
- Alexander Technique ... body reeducation and coordination through physical and psychological principals, focusing on the self-perception of movements
- Applied Kinesiology ... see Kinesiology
- Aromatherapy ... therapeutic use of aromatic plant extracts
- Ayurveda ... uses methods such as reading the pulse and observing the tongue to diagnose illness and treat it using a holistic approach to restore balance
- Biofeedback ... technique which trains the patient to monitor breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, etc, and then change those numbers through relaxation and visual imagery
- Biomagnetic Therapy ... see magnetic therapy
- Botanical Medicine ... see herbal medicine
- Chelation Therapy ... intravenous injection of chelating agents (including amino acid ADTA) to remove toxic heavy metals from the body and treat plaque build-up in the arteries
- Cold Laser Therapy ... noninvasive procedure that uses low energy laser light to penetrate the skin and soft tissue
- Colonic therapy ... colonic irrigations with fluid under gentle pressure to detoxify the bowel and large intestine
- Cranial Osteopathy ... also known as Cranial Sacral Therapy, is hands-on, gentle manipulation of the skull, brain, and spinal cord to relieve pain and tension by bringing the body back into balance
- Crystal Therapy ... therapeutic use of quartz crystals or gem stones to promote healing via electromagnetic energy
- Cupping ... applying suction over selected points or zones in the body to disperse areas of local congestion, in treating arthritis, bronchitis, sprains, etc
- Detoxification ... eliminating the build-up of disease-causing toxins in the body fasting, specific diets, colon therapy, vitamin therapy, chelation therapy, etc
- EFT ... short for emotional freedom techniques, which combines stimulation of acupuncture points with talking about the medical problem
- Electrotherapy ... use of electric current for therapeutic purposes, including pain relief, hastening of healing, reduction of swelling, etc.
- Feldenkrais ... a body-centered learning process using gentle, guided movements in order to stimulate the brain to re-order the body's neuro-motor functions.
- Healing Touch ... energy-based, therapeutic touch technique used to realign the biofield, allowing innate healing to occur
- Herbal Medicine ... the use of plant-derived preparations to treat, prevent, or cure ailments. Also known as botanical medicine, herbology, and phytotherapy
- Holistic Medicine ... medical care of the whole person, as opposed to just a disease or collection of symptoms
- Homeopathy ... treatment with doses of natural substances to stimulate a patient's immune defense system
- Hydrotherapy ... treating disease with hot or cold water to maintain or restore health, including steam baths, saunas, full immersion, colonic therapy, etc.
- Hyperthermia ... deliberately creating high body temperature (fever) to destroy invading organisims and to sweat impurities out of the system.
- Iridology ... the study of the iris of the eye to analyze various organs and systems of the body and identify specific nutritional deficiencies
- Kinesiology ... the study of body movement for diagnosis and treatment of health imbalances in the organs and glands via identifying muscular imbalances and weaknesses
- LifeShapers ... unique program facilitates mental and emotional wellness without dependence on drugs or ongoing therapy.
- Magnetic Therapy ... the use of electromagnetic fields to treat illness. Also called magnetotherapy.
- Massage Therapy ... hands-on manipulation of the soft body tissues to promote relaxation and well being.
- Megavitamin Therapy ... administration of vitamins vastly greater than recommended amounts
- Midwifery ... professionals who provide prenatal care to pregnant women, assist in childbirth, and provide postpartum care to both mother and baby, with a focus on a healthy pregnancy and natural childbirth. In lieu of an obstetrician for low-risk pregnancies
- Naturopathy ... integration of natural therapies with modern medical diagnostic science, recognizing the innate intelligence and inherent healing ability of the body
- Nutrition Therapy ... promotes the link between your food, your metabolism, and your health to prevent and cure disease
- Orthomolecular Therapy ... use of megavitamin therapy, nutrition, and hair analysis to correct concentrations of specific molecules.
- Osteopathic Medicine ... therapy emphasizing normal body mechanics and manipulation to correct faulty body structures
- Oxidative Therapy ... supplying oxygen to the body, including hydrogen peroxide and ozone, for therapeutic benefit
- Personal Fitness ... cardiovascular, aerobic, or body shaping workout programs created with your good health in mind
- Phytotherapy ... see herbal medicine
- Polarity Therapy ... stimulating and balancing the flow of subtle energy to bring physicial, spiritual, mental and emotional imbalances into equilibrium, using light, deep pressure massage, gentle rocking and stretching, and nutritional advice
- Pranayama ... technique of breathing and breath control to regulate energy flow and maintain energy balance
- Qi Gong ... exercise that stimulates and balances the flow of vital life energy by using breath, movement, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate the blood and life energy
- Quantum Touch ... using breathing techniques and light, hands-on energy therapy to bring rapid postural realignment of bones and musculature, and to reduce pain and inflammation
- Reflexology ... applying pressure with thumbs and fingers to points on the hands, feet, and ears to correspond with specific organs and parts of the body. Similar to acupressure
- Reiki Energy ... the use of light hand placement in one of 12 positions on the body to balance and direct healing energy to those sites
- Rolfing ... massage technique that involves deep fascia and muscle manipulation, and education about body position to facilitate structural integration
- Shiatsu ... a form of acupressure used in Japan, involving rhythmic finger pressure at specific points on the body to stimulate chi
- Smoking Cessation ... low level laser treatment breaks the habit permanently after one treatment.
- TCM ... short for traditional Chinese medicine, which is extremely complex healing therapy originating thousands of years ago through meticulous observation of nature and the human body.
- Thermography ... a heat-sensing infrared camera is used to record body surface heat. Abnormal tissue growth can cause temperature changes, which show up on the thermogram. In lieu of mammography to diagnose breast cancer and other tumors, up to 5 years sooner.
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