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Glossary - Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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

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

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Botanical - of plants and plant life.

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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.

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

Electromyogram (EMG) - measures muscles tension and tone.

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Guided imagery - envisioning a certain situation or goal to help cope with health problems.

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Hydrotherapy - use of water as a medical treatment.

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

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Palming - an imaging technique involving the visualization of color.

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Qi - Chinese word for life force.

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

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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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Glossary - Complementary and Alternative Medicine - WellSpan Health

Online Medical Reviewer: Levin, Mark, MD
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