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 - group of diagnostic and therapeutic disciplines that are used together with 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 and tone.
Guided imagery - envisioning a certain situation of 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.