Whole Health Living with Patricia Carol Brooks

A quick reference to holistic therapies

By Patricia Carol Brooks

With so many terms floating around in reference to holistic therapies, one never knows what is
truly considered holistic healing. Below is a list of holistic definitions to help you navigate more easily through the array of complex therapeutic terms.

Acupressure applying pressure with the fingers to specific pressure points on the body, stimulating the body's natural curing abilities.

Acupuncture is a therapy that uses needles to manipulate the meridians, which are the pathways in our bodies where energy or "chi" flows. It is believed that when this energy is blocked or the flow is interrupted we develop symptoms of pain or illness.

Aromatherapy derived from two words. Aroma - meaning fragrance or smell and Therapy - meaning treatment. It is the practice of using essential oils to maintain and promote physical and emotional well-being life.

Chiropractic therapy in which disease is considered the result of abnormal function of the nervous system. The method of treatment usually involves manipulation of the spinal column and other body structures.

Colon Hydrotherapy a method of cleansing the colon of waste material by repeated flushing with water. Other terms used for this therapy include "colonic," "colon irrigation", and "high colonic".

Detoxification the metabolic process by which the toxic qualities of a poison or toxin are reduced by the body. Detoxification is also used to rid the body of addictions to substances such as alcohol, caffeine, sugar, nicotine.

Juice therapy the pulverizing of vegetables and fruits to maintain health. To be effective, the juice must be fresh, exposure to oxygen, chemicals and preservatives degrade the vitamins, enzymes minerals, and other beneficial nutrients. Fruit juices cleanse and provide antioxidants and nourish the body. Vegetable juice restores and builds tissue and enhances the immune system.

Homeopathic a system for treating disease based on the administration of minute doses of a drug that in massive amounts produces symptoms in healthy individuals similar to those of the disease itself. Treatment is very individualized. Remedies are made from plants and minerals, which stimulate the body's natural healing process.

Meditation an ancient practice of relaxing and focusing the attention in the present moment. There are many different methods of meditation, including breath, mandala, mantra and mudra. One of the simplest and most commonly taught meditation techniques, especially in stress reduction classes, is to focus on one's breathing.

Naturopathic deals with treating the whole person rather than simply the disease. Naturopathic physicians use many healing practices such as acupressure, acupuncture, herbs, homeopathy, light therapy and diet and nutrition. Naturopathic relies on natural remedies and dietary supplements to treat illness.

Pilates is a specific type of exercise that helps improve your body awareness, enhances body alignment. and improves posture. Pilates is designed to work the core and the body in fluid movements that improve muscle control, coordination, strength, flexibility and tone through physical and mental conditioning.

Yoga an Eastern technology that has been practiced for thousands of years. There are numerous different varieties of yoga, each varying in philosophy, style, level of physical challenge, and intensity. However, all have the goal of elevating and uniting body, mind, and spirit.

Note: The information provided is for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professionals prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

If you have comments about this article, email them to: pcbrooks@aromatherapythymes.com

Patricia Carol Brooks is a publisher, writer and author with an expertise in holistic health and beauty. Brooks has published articles for a variety of professional and corporate web sites and is the aromatherapy consultant for Warm Spirit, Inc., one of prime entity players in the holistic health and beauty market. For more information on holistic health and beauty, please visit her website at www.aromatherapythymes.com. Raised in Kennett, Missouri, Brooks now resides
in California with her son, Douglas Michael.