International College of Integrative Medicine Directory: complementary, alternative, integrative and holistic medicine

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Acupressure Acupressure is a non-invasive alternative to acupuncture. As the name implies, it involves pressure applied to points, which affects the body very similarly to acupuncture. Its advantages over acupuncture include allowing a patient to administer his/her own treatments once instructed on the technique, and being easier to administer to children and "needle-phobic" people. -Tracy Darling, M.D.
Acupuncture Acupuncture is an ancient part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (which now has Japanese, European and Korean variations) that modulates energy flow (Qi) through specific points for healing the one system of body, mind and spirit. -Jen Rabenhorst, M.D.
Allergy Allergy: A condition of extreme sensitivity to a single substance, or combination of substances either swallowed, inhaled, or exposed to the skin and which usually results in a cytokine, histamine or antibody reaction in an individual, which may be harmless or beneficial to the majority of other individuals. Symptoms can either be acute (eg, hives, or anaphylaxis reaction) or chronic (eg, any number of deseiase manifestations, physical or emotional), or hidden (eg, mild, moderate, or extreme fatigue after acute and/or chronic symptoms opf the allergies have disappeared). It has been estimated that 60-80% of the symptoms seen by family and general practitioners may be allergy-related. Ann McCombs, D.O. -See NAET
Arthritis Arthritis is a disease that causes pain and loss of movement of the joints. The word arthritis literally means joint inflammation (arth=joint, ritis=inflammation), and refers to more than 100 different diseases. It affects the movements you rely on for everyday activities. Arthritis is usually chronic. This means that it can last on and off for a lifetime. There are over 100 kinds of arthritis that can affect many different areas of the body. In addition to the joints, some forms of arthritis are associated with diseases of other tissues and organs in the body. People of all ages, including children and young adults, can develop arthritis. Dr. Jim Smith, D.O.
Auto-immune Diseases
Bariatrics This refers to the specialty of weight control. See "weight control"
Bio-Identical Hormonal Therapy Bio-identical hormone therapy--replacing deficient hormones by methods which include an exact replica of the natural molecule that is in decline. This is opposed to the standard hormone replacement with unnatural molecules and their side effects. Drug companies can patent a molecule that they invent and profit handsomely from this. Natural molecules are not patentable, therefore not of significant financial interest. -Charles Turner, M.D.
Bio-Oxidative Therapies Bio-Oxidative Medicine: The use of any therapy that encourages oxidative destruction of primitive organisms and cells, but also increases tissue oxygenation, thus increasing cellular efficiency. These include: Intravenous Hydrogen Peroxide Intravenous Ozone Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation Intravenous Vitamin C (The primary methods I use are IV Vitamin C and Hyperbaric Oxygen)-John Pittman, MD
Biological Dentist
Cancer Care
Chemical Sensitivity We live in an industrial nation that brings progress and wealth, but a consequence of our prosparity is industrial waste and a plethora of chemicals presenting a challenge to the health of many patients. From this segment of our society some are disabled, partly or completely, due to underlying extemeating problems such as long standing allergy and subsequant exposure to heavy metals, pesticide residues, fertilizers, etc. There is a solution to every problem, even Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. -Robert Battle, M.D.
Chronic Fatigue
Colon Hydrotherapy Colon hydrotherapy, also known as colonic irrigation, is a procedure that involves the introduction of discrete amounts of warm water into the colon using a medically approved colon hydrotherapy device with a sanitary, disposable speculum and tubing. Patients undergo a series of 8 to 12 forty-five minute procedures, the purpose being to both remove impacted stool, mucus, infections, and dietary residue that are adhered to the colon wall as well as to exercise the muscles in the colon wall so as to improve elimination. -John Pittman, MD
Degenerative Diseases
Detox Therapies
Energy Medicine
Environmental Medicine
Ext. Counter Pulsation
Gastrointestinal Problems
Glutathione infusions
Heavy Metal Toxicology see Chelation Therapy
Herbal Medicine
Hydrogen Peroxide
Hyperbaric Oxygen
IV Therapy
Laser Laser is the use of light. In medicine, low-level lasers are used to reduce inflammation, promote circulation and facilitate healing. Various other lasers are used to treat acne, varicose veins, wrinkles, skin lesions, and to destroy other abnormal growths in the body. L Terry Chappell, M.D.
Light Beam Therapy
NAET NAET is a treatment involving muscle testing and tapping on acupuncture points to relieve allergies. SRT (Symptom Reduction Technique) combines NAET with several other techniques to treat allergies and sensitivities. L Terry Chappell, M.D.
Neural Therapy Neural therapy, a treatment system for chronic pain and illness, is based on identification and correction of imbalances in the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS is a part of the nervous system that brings information from pain sensitive nerve endings (inside and outside the body) to “relay stations” called ganglia. The ganglia are in close contact with the spinal cord and they summate input from multiple sites and transmit the pain message to the spinal cord and the brain. Neural therapy attempts to interrupt the cycle of ANS over-activation. The practitioner takes a careful history, focussing on the temporal association of events and uses kinesiology to identify the focus. The most common foci are tonsils, tonsillar scars, scars in general, and teeth. The treatment involves injection of local anesthetics into autonomic ganglia, peripheral nerves, scars, glands, and trigger points. These carefully placed injections correct the nervous system balance, in part by introducing energy into injured tissues whose voltage is reduced. As the cells are recharged, they begin to function normally again. The injection SWITCHES OFF the interference field and SWITCHES ON self healing. The therapeutic effect from an injection may be apparent immediately or within 24 hours. There are few side effects to neural therapy. -Robban Sica, M.D.
Nutritional Therapy
Pain Management There are many modalities that Alternative practitioners utilize in managing pain conditions. Most practitioners have expertise in some of these areas and may refer to others or work in Pain Clinics that have people from varied backgrounds. The approaches to pain encompass far more than prescription anti-inflammatories and narcotics by the Alternative Practitioner. General approaches include *The search for underlying Nutritional Deficiencies, Allergies, Infections, and Toxins. *Supplementation with oral or IV Nutritionals, Herbals, Homeopathics, and Dietary counseling.*Manual Therapies which may include Massage, Physical therapy, Chiropractic, and Osteopathic, and Cranio-Sacral Treatments.*Movement therapies which include Yoga, Feldenkreis, Tai Chi and Qigong.*Energy therapies with Reiki, Accupuncture, Magnetics, Biofeedback, EDS, and QXCI.*Injection therapies of joints, trigger points, nerve blocks, tendons, etc. -Diane Culik, M.D.
Prolotherapy Prolotherapy or Regenerative Injection Therapy utilizes the injection of sclerosing solutions to stimulate the formation of fibrous connective tissue.Prolotherapy restores impaired elasticity and the tensile strength of connective tissue in posttraumatic or degenerative conditions. Chronic sprains, and strains, overuse injuries, and repetitive motion disorders may represent a failure of the normal connective tissue repair process.Prolotherapy stimulates an inflammatory mediated response to trigger production of fibroblasts, which in turn will trigger the synthesis of procollagen-containing matrix. Collagen eventually converts from type I to type II and aligns with the exixting connective tissue. The common areas of needle injection for prolotherapy is at the fibroosseous junction or at the fibromuscular junction. -Jack Hinkle, D.O.
QXCI Quantum Xyrhoid Consciousness Interface: QXCI is an Energy Frequency machine that detects and sends energy frequencies to the body through the wrists, ankles and head for evaluation of toxins, infections, deficiencies, spinal balance, meridien therapy, and frequencies of herbals, homeopathics, vitamins, etc. It was developed by Bill Nelson and used around the world. -Diane Culik, M.D.
Reconstructive Therapy please see Prolotherapy
Respiratory Medicine
Sensitivity Reduction Technique Developed by Sherri Tennpenny, M.D. -See NAET
Systemic Constellation Therapy
Thermography less invasive alternative to mammograms
Thyroid The thyroid gland, a small butterfly shaped gland at the base of the neck, produces thyroid hormone, which control the metabolic rate. The metabolic rate is the rate which the body turns food into energy. It acts like the \"thermostat\" of the body, regulating temperature as well. If not enough thyroid hormone is produced or it if is not utilized properly, energy and heat production is lowered, affecting every cell in the body. Therefore, symptoms of low thyroid (hypothyroidism) are many and variable, including cold intolerance, cold hands and feet, fatigue, muscle weakness, constipation, weight gain (or loss), lowered immunity (frequent infections), dry skin, \"chicken skin\", hair loss, headaches, and many others. Conventional doctors use blood tests to diagnose hypothyroidism, however, these tests can miss 30 to 40 % of patients with clinical symptoms of low thyroid function. Clinical hypothyroidism is a diagnosis made by your hypo-metabolic symptoms and basal temperature. -Robban Sica, M.D.
Ultraviolet Light Blood Irradiation ULBI withdraws a small amount of blood and exposes it to ultraviolet light. The blood remains in a closed system and is re-injected into the body. This has an oxidative effect that is used primarily to boost immunity and treat infections. L Terry Chappell, M.D.
Weight Reduction
Womens Health
Yeast Syndrome

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