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100+ Alternative Therapies Explained

There are now over 100+ alternative and complementary therapies most listed in the table below . Some have their origins in the ancient healing traditions of Chinese or Ayurvedic medicine; some are relative newcomers, having been devised in the late 20th century.
Take a tour of our listings of Alternative and Complimentary Therapies. If we have not included your favourite therapy then let us know.

Alexander Technique & the Medical Profession

Alexander Technique

Not Just “Posture” I’m going to explain a few basics about the Alexander Technique as I would to a lay audience so that you can see where it fits into Performing Arts Medicine. Performers are already familiar with the concept of oneself as an instrument and the Alexander Technique teaches us how to play that instrument. It is literally about ... Read More »

Alchemical Healing


Alchemy is the art and science of transformation – more specifically the transformation of what is unwanted into what is wanted. The universe is made up of energy – science and mystics are both agreed on this. “Energy” includes our thoughts, feelings, experiences, memories and behaviours as well as our body, natural material surroundings (“Mother nature”) and our human creations. ... Read More »

When is Acupuncture Most Beneficial?


When is Acupuncture Most Beneficial? Brought forth and introduced by the Chinese, this been said and known to treat myriad of ailments. Acupuncture is a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Sickly, wounded, and chronically pain induced individuals turn to this ancient form of treatment to relieve pain. The World Health Organization has recognized acupuncture as a form of ... Read More »

What are the Benefits of Acupuncture ?


Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical technique. It is also called Oriental medicine. Acupuncture scientific name is paradigm. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Acupuncture is thought to restore health by removing energy imbalances and blockages in ... Read More »

The Theory of Acupuncture


Acupuncture treats the human body as a whole that involves several “systems of function” that are in many cases associated with (but not identified on a one-to-one basis with) physical organs. Some systems of function, such as the “triple heater” (San Jiao, also called the “triple burner”) have no corresponding physical organ. Disease is understood as a loss of homeostasis ... Read More »

Risks in Acupuncture


Because acupuncture needles penetrate the skin, many forms of acupuncture are invasive procedures, and therefore not without risk. However, injuries are rare among patients treated by trained practitioners. Forms of acupuncture such as the Japanese Tōyōhari and Shōnishin often use non-invasive techniques, in which specially-designed needles are rubbed or pressed against the skin. These methods are common in Japanese pediatric ... Read More »

How Old is Acupuncture? Challenging the Neolithic Origins Theor


According to Huangfu Mi (c. 215-282 AD), author of The Systematic Classic of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, needling therapy was first used during China’s Bronze Age, over five thousand years ago. He attributes its invention to either Fu Xi or Huang Di (the Yellow Emperor), two legendary figures of the Five Emperors Period (c. 3000-2070 BC). Modern scholars generally believe that ... Read More »

Acupuncture Evidence Based Medicine


There is scientific agreement that an evidence based medicine framework should be used to assess health outcomes and that systematic reviews with strict protocols are essential. Organisations such as the Cochrane Collaboration and Bandolier publish such reviews. For the following conditions, the Cochrane Collaboration concluded there is insufficient evidence that acupuncture is beneficial, often because of the paucity and poor ... Read More »

Different Types Of Acupuncture


Acupuncture is commonly thought of as an alternative medical treatment. Though in the United States acupuncture is considered an alternative medicine, it is widely practiced throughout the rest of the world and is an extremely common practice in Chinese medicine. It has been used in China’s medical system since the 1930s. Most people imagine acupuncture as being stuck with needles ... Read More »