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Glossary - Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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A

acupuncture points - anatomic points on the body used in acupuncture.

alternative medicine - any form of therapy used alone, without recommended standard/conventional treatment.

B

botanical - of plants and plant life.

C

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.

D

E

electrodermal activity (EDA) - measures changes in perspiration rate.

electromyogram (EMG) - measures muscles tension.

F

G

guided imagery - envisioning a certain goal to help cope with health problems.

H

hydrotherapy - use of water as a medical treatment.

I

J

K

L

M

moxibustion - the burning of herbal leaves on or near the body.

N

O

P

palming - an imaging technique involving the visualization of color.

Q

Qi - Chinese word for life force.

R

S

T

U

V

W

X

x-ray - electromagnetic energy used to produce images of bones, organs, and internal tissues.

Y

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.

Z

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