Glossary - Complementary and Alternative Medicine
acupuncture points - anatomic points on the body used in acupuncture.
alternative medicine - any form of therapy used alone, without recommended standard/conventional treatment.
botanical - of plants and plant life.
complementary medicine - any form of therapy used in combination with other alternative treatments or standard/conventional medicine.
cupping - the use of warmed glass jars to create suction on certain points of the body.
electrodermal activity (EDA) - measures changes in perspiration rate.
electromyogram (EMG) - measures muscles tension.
guided imagery - envisioning a certain goal to help cope with health problems.
hydrotherapy - use of water as a medical treatment.
moxibustion - the burning of herbal leaves on or near the body.
palming - an imaging technique involving the visualization of color.
Qi - Chinese word for life force.
x-ray - electromagnetic energy used to produce images of bones, organs, and internal tissues.
Yin and Yang - Chinese words for complementary and opposite forces that make up the life force (Qi).
yoga - Indian word for "union." Yoga is a posturing and breathing technique to induce relaxation.
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