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Alternatives to therapies offered by allopathic medical practitioners are of great significance in health care right now.

This first part of the Alternative Medicine section of Health Care Information Resources offers access to general resources on the WWW in Alternative Medicine. Immediately below are links to pages that are inclusive, or encyclopedic, in nature. These first links each offer access to multiple alternative medicine topics.

Following these links to inclusive resources, you will find a growing list of very specific resources on single topics in alternative medicine. You are sure to find something of interest in one or the other of these two sections!

Now, there is an online dictionary which can be consulted for meanings of terms used in alternative therapies! *The Expanded Dictionary of Metaphysical Healthcare: Alternative Medicine, Paranormal Healing, and Related Methods is the work of Jack Raso, M.S., R.D., a writer on many topics in the field of alternative medicine, who is also the Director of Publications at the American Council on Science. Click on the name underlined above for access to a dictionary you can easily browse for definitions of many of the unfamiliar terms related to alternative healthcare.

Please note that: The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims. A set of links to web sites that discuss Fraud in healthcare is available in the Illness section of this resource. For access to information about questionable cures, claims and practices in healthcare, click on the name underlined above!

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Health Care Information Resources makes information about health and disease accessible in the belief that the informed consumer is a better consumer of healthcare. This service does not offer advice about health or healthcare and cannot substitute for a healthcare practitioner. Only personal contact with the qualified healthcare practitioner of your choice -- who knows your health history, who can examine you personally, and who can bring expertise and experience to bear on your situation -- can yield advice about how you ought to handle any of the information you obtain from sources accessed through this service.

Decisions regarding your healthcare should always involve the assistance of a trusted healthcare practitioner.

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General Resources in Alternative Medicine To explore a variety of alternative, complementary, innovative and integrative therapies, follow this link to the *Alternative Medicine Homepage created by Charles B. Wessel at the University of Pittsburgh.

One of the largest and most comprehensive sites for information on alternative and complementary medical and health practices is that of Dr. Peter J. Bower in Virginia. The site is frequently mentioned by regular web users as the most comprehensive collection of its kind. Click here to access: *Dr. Bower's Complementary and Alternative Medicine Home Page.

A growing collection of links to Internet resources on holistic health care -- information about events, seminars, workshops, books, practitioners and more -- is now accessible. Click here: *Holistic Internet Resources to explore this collection of pointers.

Another web site offering information on holistic health care is that of the Holistic Internet Community (tm). This already extensive and growing site offers opportunities to learn about a wide range of alternative therapies and to consult an extensive directory of practitioners. The creators of this web space hope that by bringing together people of similar interests to exchange information, they can promote healing and understanding of our relationships to each other, the world and the cosmos. Click here to access the: *Holistic Internet Community (tm).

The Alchemical Medicine Research and Teaching Association (AMR'TA) maintained a complex and very helpful web site on alternative health care which used to be called: *Natural Medicine, Complementary Health Care and Alternative Therapies, but has now become: *HealthWWWeb: The Science of Nature. Their stated goal is to reunite the art of healing with the science of medicine. This site offers access to information regarding organizations in the field of alternative health care, training for practice, Internet resources of many kinds, mailing lists, professional journals and computer support for practice of alternative therapies.

Aesclepian Chronicles is a journal of alternative medicine published on the WWW, offering access to a great many information sources on the widest possible range of alternate therapies. Created by the Institute for Synergistic Medicine, in Chapel Hill, NC, this site is a veritable encyclopedia of information about complementary medicine. Click here to visit the web site of: *Aesclepian Chronicles. Be sure to check out their extensive list of other web sites, accessible under the title: General Complementary Medicine References.

Cherchez des renseignements francais sur les medecines alternatives! Cliquez ici pour le : *Jizo Web Club. Le Jizo Web Club est le premier site web en francais dedie aux medecines alternatives.

The Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre has received a large grant from the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, a worldwide charity organization, to establish the *Tzu Chi Institute for Complementary & Alternative Medicine . It will be the task of the new institute to facilitate the evaluation of complementary and alternative medical approaches for the purpose of determining their effectiveness scientifically, and to help integrate effective treatments into mainstream health care practices. A number of teaching hospitals and other healthcare institutions in Vancouver have joined the effort and will work collaboratively to study alternative therapies. Click on the name underlined above to access their website and learn more about this new venture.

The *HealthWorld Online Village, although not entirely composed of references to alternative and complementary therapies, has such a wide range and so many good explanations of unconventional therapies presented cheek-by-jowl with standard allopathic treatments and topics that it has to be presented here so that you won't miss it. Resources for consumers and health care professionals in the whole panorama of health care interests are available here: from acupuncture, through aromatherapy and flower medicine, to spas and retreats where you can rest and relax in a health-enhancing way. This is a site not-to-be-missed! And just so that you don't overlook the specifically alternative resources of this site, you can click here: *Alternative & Complementary Medicine Center for direct access to material of interest!

The *U.K. Bodywork Internet Gazette has an interesting list of many forms of alternative treatment grouped under the heading: Bodywork. If you are seeking definitions or explanations of any of the many different therapies encountered in the bewildering maze of alternative and holistic medicine these days, try accessing this page. Their Bodywork Link Page will give you access to more information about several of these techniques. Click on the underlined name above.

The *Health Action Network Society , also known as HANS, of Burnaby, BC, is a non-profit society accepting individual memberships. Their website offers lots of information regarding alternative therapies and practitioners in Canada. Click on the name underlined above for access.

Sumeria, a supplier of lots of information about alternative health care has an article on the restriction of access to natural products in Canada among its many files. Click here for access to more information on the *HPB - Codex Connection and why it may be harmful to your health and well-being.

The *Holistic Healing Web Page offers a great variety of web resources in alternative health care in a number of classes. There are web documents on various sorts of healing, a list of Usenet groups and listserv discussion groups (or mailing lists) of interest in holistic health care, case histories of people using alternative therapies, and a collection of information about conferences, retreats and trade shows. The site aims to present ideas about therapy that can be discussed with an individual's health care provider and is a great collection of diverse ideas and sources. Click on the name underlined above to access this site.

The *Healing Spectrum offers access to resources that support healing from many different points of view. Both Alternative and Allopathic Medicine are profiled on this site, as well as other disciplines that can be used to promote healing. Creator Dianne Marcotte has pulled together a large range of Internet information sources to explain disease and to promote interest in a variety of routes to wellness. Explore this wonderful collection by clicking on the name underlined above.

The *National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, identifies and evaluates unconventional health care practices. The OAM supports and conducts research and research training on these practices and disseminates information. Their web site offers an overview of the six broad categories of alternative medicine: diet-nutrition-lifestyle changes, mind-body interventions, bioelectromagnetic applications, alternative systems of medical practice, manual healing, pharmacological and biological treatments, and herbal medicine. There is a FAQ which explains Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the OAM's involvement with alternative therapy. There is also a document which explains how to exploit the Medline database to find scientific literature on alternative medical practices. Click on the underlined name to gain access to this site.

*Natural Land is a website with a collection of "villages" you can visit. Each of these "villages" has a focus: nutrition, herbs, weight loss, fitness, gardening, vegetarian, and so on ... There is also a library, a press room, Yellow Pages, contests and a shopping mall. Visit Natural Land if you want to know more about healthy, natural living by clicking on the name underlined above.

*Wellways.com is a large new collection of links to alternative healthcare resources on the web and to articles of topical interest. Click above and find out what they have to offer!

The Los Angeles Times began a series of articles on alternative medicine at the end of August 1998; their website: *Alternative Medicine: the 18 billion dollar experiment is a collection of interesting and informative material about the growth of alternative therapies in the U.S. today. You can also join a discussion about the impact of alternative medicine on this site. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

The *Center for Alternative Medicine Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Harvard Medical School) has a website which offers some access to research and some information for the general public. Click on the name underlined above for access to the site.

A new site called: *Alternative Medicine Online offers a free monthly electronic newsletter on a subscription basis, and a website loaded with information about a variety of complementary and alternative therapies. The site offers basic information, articles, interviews and a chat line. There is also a glossary of complex medical terms which can be accessed for further information. To access the site, or to sign up for the newsletter subscription, click on the name underlined above.

The Milbank Memorial Fund, an endowed national foundation that supports nonpartisan analysis, study, research and communication on significant issues in health policy, has recently published: *Enhancing the Accountability of Alternative Medicine on the WWW. This study deals with the use of CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) in the U.S. today, cost and reimbursement issues, and evaluation of the various therapies offered. To read the study, click on the name underlined above.

*Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Herbs/Home Remedies and Environmental Medicine is a website which offers the variety of approaches named in its title to good health. Anita McAllister, creator of the site, links these modalities on the basis that each looks at the whole person -- has a holistic approach to the individual -- rather than treating symptoms or parts of people. Click on the name underlined above for access.

NOAH: New York Online Access to Health offers a large collection of information on many topics in health and healthcare. One of these collections focuses on alternative medicine. Called *Ask NOAH about: Alternative (Complementary) Medicine this collection offers access to a wide range of topics in the alternative healthcare arena. The collection draws heavily on other sources, but organizes its material in a useful fashion. Click on the name underlined above for access.

About.com (formerly known as The Mining Co.) has a collection of sites on *Alternative Medicine which include access to many topics, such as: addictions, alternative therapies, bodywork, holistic health, insurance plans, oriental/eastern medicine and a whole variety of individual conditions/diseases. Their guides are always knowledgeable, and offer access to FAQ's and e-mail responses to queries. Terri Ramacus is your guide to Alternative Medicine; click on the name underlined above to access her collection. A second site from About.com which also covers many of the standard alternative therapies is: *Healing. Your guide on this site, Phylameana lila Desy, offers access to information on: acupuncture, breathwork, dreamwork, homeopathy, meditation and many other healing concerns. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

For education on these therapies visit www.naturalhealthcollege.com

Many of the specific healing techniques and practices described in the list below can be accessed in these more inclusive links above with very "general" names. Explore!

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Specific Resources in Alternative Medicine

Links to topics below appear in this section; click on the name to move directly to any topic:
Acupuncture, Oriental/Chinese Medicine and Shiatsu
Alexander Technique
Apitherapy
Aromatherapy
Ayurvedic Medicine
Biofeedback
Breathwork
Cheirology
Chiropractic
Craniosacral Therapy
Feldenkrais Movement
Flower Remedies Gerson Therapy
Herbs and Herbal Remedies
Homeopathy
Kinesiology
Kombucha Tea
Macrobiotics
Massage Therapy

Naprapathy
Natural Hygiene
Naturopathy
Osteopathy
Oxygen Therapy
Polarity Therapy
Reflexology
Reiki
Rolfing
Self-regulation, Self Help
Shark Cartilage
Spirituality and Meditation
Therapeutic Touch
Urine Therapy
How to Locate a Holistic Health Care Provider

 

Please Note: The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims.

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Acupuncture, Oriental/Chinese Medicine and Shiatsu

Information on acupuncture, Oriental and Chinese medicine, herbalogy and Qi Gong can be found here: *Acupuncture.com

Several sites offer explanations ; some are very brief, while others offer extensive resources. For information (in English and also in Chinese) on herbs and herbal treatments in general, choose the *Chinese Herb and Health Homepage, mounted on a computer in Hong Kong.

The *Qigong Association of America has been formed to bring this particular form of Chinese medicine to North America. Their web site offers information on a variety of kinds of Chinese Qigong (the skill of cultivating energy for particular healthful effects), as well as a newsletter and study aids. Click on the name above to access this site.

Diti's Qigong Page is a source of a wide variety of information about traditional Chinese Qigong and Yan Xin Qigong. In addition, you can find here access to web pages throughout the world which offer further information on related topics.

The *Toronto YanXin Qigong Cultural Centre has a Qigong page on the web, as well as a new home on Main Street, between Danforth and Gerrard. Their web page offers information about booklets and videotapes in English and Chinese, among other Qigong products, links to other Qigong pages, and testimonials from patients/clients. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

Another Canadian source of information on Yan Xin Qigong is *Dave Lo's Yan Xin Qigong Page which provides information about Yan Xin Qigong activities and sources in Vancouver and in British Columbia, in general. Learn about the Yan Xin Qigong Cultivation Centre in Vancouver, its classes and group practice by clicking on the name underlined above.

The *Quebec Qigong Home Page , at Laval University, is also about Yan Xin Qigong and is totally in English. It offers an introduction for beginners to Yan Xin Qigong, and a brief biography of the master.

The *International Yan Xin Qigong Institute in Michigan has a home page offering access to information about Yan Xin Qigong and to addresses of IYXQA Local Chapter Group Practices and their schedules throughout North America. Click on the underlined name for access to this information.

The *International Yan Xin Qigong Association, which groups many of the other Yan Xin Qigong associations mentioned on this page now has its own web site. You can find information about its history, local chapters, conferences and research into its effectievness at this site. Click on the name underlined above for access.

The *Qigong Institute in Menlo Park, CA, is involved in promoting medical Qigong via education, research, and clinical studies, in improving healthcare by integrating qigong and Western medicine, and in making information on Qigong available to medical practitioners, scientists, the public, and policy makers. Click on the name underlined above for access to their web site.

The *SSC Acupuncture Institute is affiliated with the Shiatsu School of Canada (see below), located in Toronto, ON. It is a private vocational school established in 1986 by Kaz and Yasuko Kamiya, although the acupuncture programme began in 1996. The acupuncture programme is a graduate level programme for shiatsu therapists, but a prerequisite programme in acupuncture is also available for those without the necessary experience in shiatsu (especially interesting to other healthcare professionals who may want to add acupuncture to their treatment methods). Free information sessions are offered regularly for those who want more contact before making a commitment.

Access information on shiatsu, the ancient Japanese therapeutic art by clicking here: *Shiatsu. This resource is made available by DoubleClicked Publications, who also offer a wonderfully comprehensive collection of: *Other Wellness Resources which includes information on acupuncture, ayurveda, bodywork, herbs, meditation, spirituality and social activist groups which relate to health (such as Greenpeace and the Sierra Club), to name only some of the topics covered.

The *European Shiatsu School has its headquarters in Wiltshire, England, but offers courses in a number of European countries. Shiatsu is both a form of physical manipulation and a means towards the growth of body, mind and spirit, combining a finely tuned intuition, understanding of oriental diagnosis, posture and breathing. The school offers practitioner training, postgraduate training, teacher training and a variety of other courses. Click on the name underlined above to learn more.

The *Shiatsu School of Canada is located on College Street in Toronto, ON. It offers educational programmes in shiatsu (at both the career level and the general interest level) and graduate level courses in acupuncture (both Chinese and Japanese theories and techniques) for shiatsu therapists. There is also a bookstore. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

The *Taoist Sanctuary of San Diego has established a web site for those with interests in: taijiquan (tai chi chuan), Traditional Chinese Medicine, qigong (chi kung), Tuina (Chinese medical massage) and Taoism. In addition to classes, seminars and retreats on these topics, their web site has a great deal of information to offer. Access it by clicking on the name underlined above.

Si la medecine traditionelle chinoise vous interesse, il y a maintenant un site web quebecois qui vous expliquera le tout en francais! *Acupuncture et Medecine Chinoise au Quebec vous offre tout ce que vous avez eu envie de savoir sur la medecine traditionelle chinoise: l'acupuncture, l'utilisation de medicaments a base des plantes, et la nutrition. Il y a un liste des Questions frequemment posees, et de l'information sur l'Ordre des Acupuncteurs du Quebec qui est le seul organisme validant la pratique legale de l'acupuncture au Quebec. Vous pouvez acceder au site web en cliquant sur le nom souligne.

*L'Ecole Franco-Chinoise d'Acupuncture et de Massages Chinois, a Paris, est une institution educative dans le domaine de la medecine traditionelle chinoise. Tous les enseignements sont dispenses par les professeurs chinois et francais qui suivent le programme de la faculte de Pekin. Ce site web vous offre une initiation a la medecine traditionelle chinoise. Cliquez sur le nom souligne pour acceder aux renseignements.

Alternative natural therapies for Alzheimer's disease -- using oriental medical therapeutics with a lengthy history -- is the subject of this web page; click here: *Meditopia to access a wealth of information about the treatment of this common affliction of the elderly.

The Chinese are not the only Oriental people to have their own medical system. Korea, Japan and Viet Nam also have medical traditions passed down by the ancestors of each country which we call, collectively, oriental medicine. The web site of the *Association of Korean Oriental Medicine explains all of this and offers details about the Korean tradition in oriental medicine. Click on the underlined name for access in either English or Korean.

Looking for Natural Health Clinics in Canada? *Acupuncture Canada claims to be what you need! They offer a toll-free telephone number and a list of natural health clinics which is currently small, but which will, one hopes, grow quickly. Click on the name to access their web site.

One of the largest, most interesting and most useful web sites on acupuncture is that of the Hellenic Medical Acupuncture Association. Offering access in both Greek and English, the *Medical Acupuncture Web Page, maintained by Karanikiotes Charisios, M.D., Dip.Ac., has a great variety of acupuncture information to offer. There is information on the "therapeutic basics" of acupuncture, a web acupuncture journal, a collection of abstracts of articles relating to the scientific basis of the effectiveness of acupuncture, and a marvellous collection of links to acupuncture sites on the web. Click on the name above to access this site, which runs on the web server of the Medical School at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

The *British Medical Acupuncture Society is an organization of medical doctors practising acupuncture; it also has sections for dentists and veterinarians. The BMAS has a web site that offers general information about acupuncture and the conditions it can be used to treat. One can also use this site to locate an acupuncture practitioner in Great Britain who is a member of the society. Click on the underlined name for access.

The *National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) was established in the U.S. in 1982 to promote nationally recognized standards of competence and safety in acupuncture and Oriental medicine through the certification of practitioners. Their website offers explanations of the benefits of certification programmes, details of their certification process, aand information about the states (currently 32 of them, plus the District of Columbia) which require practitioners to be licensed. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

The *American Association of Oriental Medicine (AAOM) website offers professional support to members of the profession of Oriental medicine practising in the U.S., and particularly to acupuncturists. The site also offers a database which can be used to locate acupuncturists practising throughout the U.S. Click on the underlined name above for access.

Looking for practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Toronto, or in Ontario? Look no further! A new page entitled: *How to Access Traditional Chinese Medicine in Toronto will give you the help you need. The homepage was created as a starting point for those who wish to access Traditional Chinese Medicine in Toronto as part of a Community Health project at the University of Toronto. It features articles which explain TCM and its treatment modalities, and a list of TCM practitioners throughout Ontario. There is also a small collection of links to TCM web sites. Click on the name underlined above for access.

*Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in Canada is a site which explains TCM in great detail, offering information about its history, basic theories and how it they are used in treatment. There are chatrooms and forums -- opportunities for you to talk to practitioners, students and patients around the world -- and links to other good sites. There are lists of Canadian schools in TCM, information about how the practice is currently regulated -- or not -- in various Canadian provinces and much, much more. This site will be especially useful to Canadian users, but of interest as well to many others. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

*Chun Do Sun Bup is a Korean system of traditional healing which works through the body's vital energy (ki) to heal body, mind and spirit. Their web site offers lots of information about the concept of healing through vital energy, as well as scientific endorsements and testimonials. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

*Chinesemedic.com: A Layperson's Guide to Chinese Medicine is a website in Hong Kong maintained by Shirley Cheung. Her site was created after she was successfully treated by a traditional practitioner for an illness western doctors were unable to deal with in an effective manner. She offers information about Chinese medicine, a message board and access to hard-to-find Chinese herbs and tonics. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

For more information, see: Acupuncturists in the Disciplines & Education section of this resource.
For more information, see: Traditional Chinese medicine in the Disciplines & Education section of this resource.
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Alexander Technique

The *Complete Guide To The Alexander Technique provides a systematic guide to all Alexander Technique information and resources - both on and off the Internet. Basically, the Alexander Technique is a system of physical education, offering relief from strain due to maladjustment, and constant improvement in physical and mental health. It is often used by people who want to escape tension and the pain of backache, sore necks and similar trouble. It is popular among performers. Robert Rickover, the creator of this web site, is a teacher of the Alexander Technique living in Lincoln, Nebraska. He also teaches regularly in Toronto, Ontario. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

The *Alexander Technique International web site is created by the World-wide Professional Organization for the F. M. Alexander Technique. It offers a list of teachers of the technique, a listing of books and videos, and a collection of articles on the technique. Click on the name underlined above for access to the site.

The *Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique in the U.K. maintains an international register of teachers in various countries, which you can access at their web site. Click on the name underlined above for access to their site.

The *Westminster Alexander Centre in central London, England, offers instruction in the Alexander Technique. They concentrate on helping musicians, actors and dancers with musculoskeletal or stress-related complaints re-learn the coordination between body and mind that will reduce or eliminate their difficulties. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

The website of the *Alexander Technique Center of Washington, D.C. offers lots of information. Marion Goldberg, the director, has written a brief article on the way in which changing or stopping habits can improve our lives and how learning the technique may be beneficial. There is a list of recommended reading, links to other sites and information for Alexander teachers. Access the site by clicking on the name underlined above.

*DIRECTION: A Journal on the Alexander Technique has its own website. The site offers much more than simple acess to the text of the journal. There is a library of articles, a message board, links to other AT websites and an international directory of AT teachers and schools. Click on the name underlined above for access to the site.

The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims.

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Apitherapy

*Bee Healthy is the name of a company selling bee products; their web site, accessible by clicking on the name underlined above, explains the therapeutic use of various bee products. There is also a set of Hot Links to other apitherapy sites.

Want to buy bees for the practice of apitherapy? Contact Anna Ferris, through her website, called: *Ferris! The site has links to testimonials from people with MS to the effectiveness of apitherapy.

No fuss! No muss! No bother! Just a list of apitherapy website links: *Apitherapy from Dr. Bower's Complementary and Alternative Medicine Home Page. Click on the name underlined above for access to the list.

*The Apitherapy Reference Data Base is a remarkable collection of information about bees and apitherapy from many different languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Romanian) and countries. Its creator, Dr. Stefan Stangaciu, M.D., L.Ac., lives in Romania, but reads and collects apitherapy information widely. There are collections of articles, books, organizations and societies, and links to websites about bees. The database includes reference to people related to apitherapy in many countries; the section on Canada is surprisingly large! Access the databases by clicking on the name underlined above, and prepare to "bee" amazed!

*Bee Venom Therapy is a brief article by Glenn Rothfeld M.D., a clinical assistant professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine, who also has extensive training and experience in Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. In this article, he discusses the use of honey bee venom in treating arthritis and other inflammatory and degenerative diseases. Access it by clicking on the name underlined above.

*Honeybee Health Products in Vermont, has lots of information to offer about apitherapy. They strive to be the pre-eminent source for both educational materials and treatment supplies for apitherapy; you can find both a FAQ and a collection of apitherapy links on their site. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

The inclusion of a site in this list of resources is not an endorsement of its claims.

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Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the art of using oils extracted from aromatic plants to enhance health and beauty. A British commercial site called: Nature's Gifts provides, in addition to the opportunity to purchase essential oils, a very good explanation of aromatherapy and of the various ways in which the oils can be used; there is also a very large list of books on the subject offered for sale. Click on the name: *Guide to Aromatherapy for further information.

A site called: *Ancient Healing Art -- Scentsible Aromatherapy maintained by Karen Way, in Washington state offers information about ways to use essential oils, and provides a chart showing the effects of specific oils. If you want to know why and how to use aromatherapy, this is the site for you! Click on the underlined name above for access.

*Bird's Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy is an easy-to-use collection of information on essential oils, their properties and uses. Click on the name underlined above if you want to know about the properties of various essential oils and their effects on the body.

*AromaWeb has a goal: to provide information and links to other resources useful to those interested in essential oils and aromatherapy or those who have heard vaguely about aromatherapy and want to learn what it's all about. It offers access to information for beginners, and for those who want to know where to obtain supplies and how to use them. Books about aromatherapy are listed/reviewed, recipes for for various beauty and hygiene items such as lotions, astringents, bath salts, and oils are available, and suggestions are made for combinations of oils to use for ailments or particular effects. The site is well constructed and easy-to-use. Click on the name underlined above for access.

*Warren Botanicals of Hawaii is a manufacturer of medicinal essential oils. Their web site is very attractive, but be warned, in addition to providing you with a lot of information, they are interested in selling you their product. If you access the Aromatherapy Resources section of this site and continue by clicking on the Next link at the bottom of each page, you can learn a lot about essential oils and their uses in health, and you will read a great many testimonials for Warren Botanicals' products. If you have the patience to go the whole way trhough this large site, you will eventually reach a page with a large collection of links to aromatherapy links on the WWW which include forums, chat groups, newsgroups, mailing lists and BBS. Click on the name underlined above to access this site.

The *National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy is interested in promoting and using essential oils for health and healing purposes in the United States. Its main business is education and it is not affiliated with any commercial interests. It offers a variety of levels of membership, a course schedule, and a directory of practitioners. Its educational standards are accessible through its website. Click on the name underlined above for more information.

The Australian branch of the *International Federation of Aromatherapists has a website which offers access to its journal, a library, related links and a list of accredited schools in Australia. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

*Amateur Aromatherapy is a website created by Andy Barson, who lives in Stockport, England. He is a true "amateur" (or "lover of") aromatherapy and indicates up front that he has no commercial interests or liaisons. His site is a treasure-trove of aromatherapy information and lore, both practical and enticing. Worth a read, even if you have little interest in the subject! Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

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Ayurvedic Medicine

A British author, Kris Morgan, has mounted a website containing a brief text explaining some of the origins of ayurvedic medicine. *Ayurveda, meaning: the science of longevity, was originally a Hindu medical system, but spread to the Buddhists and then to other religious groups in the ancient world. The text available at the site accessible by clicking on the underlined name is excerpted from a book by Morgan, but the site is more immediately informative than commercial.

"With the wealth of research and information out there concerning Ayurveda, sometimes finding the right rememdies can be overwhelming. After looking over the helpful information or receiving a consultation, you will be well-suited to make the right product choice."

The *National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine (NIAM) is the largest resource of information on Ayurveda in the United States. It was established in 1982 by Scott Gerson, M.D. who is the only American medical doctor to hold degrees in both Ayurveda and conventional allopathic medicine. Dr. Gerson's medical practice has combined Ayurveda and conventional medicine for more than fifteen years. The goals of the NIAM include the provision of accurate and authentic information about Ayurveda and research which will help establish the reasons for its efficacy. Click on the name underlined above for access to the web site of the NIAM.

The * Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM, hopes to be able to offer a complete program of Ayurvedic study, similar in content to that taught in the traditional Ayurvedic colleges in India. Currently available courses can be perused in the academic catalogue available at their web site. Click on the name underlined above for access to information about the institute.

*Ayurveda - an important source of medicines is a website created by Friso Smit who is currently doing a Ph.D. at the Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Netherlands. His aim is to bring together scientists with a sincere interest in the scientific investigation of traditional Ayurvedic medicine. The Resources and Links sections are particularly rich. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

In Ayurvedic medicine, apparently, gemstones have healing properties. The *Gemstone Therapy site offers access to limited information about how these stones are said to work and to detailled information about how you can purchase gemstones with which to heal. There are links to a few other gemstone therapy sites at the bottom of the page. Click on the underlined name to access this information.

Not ostensibly having much to do with Ayurvedic medicine, but very full of gemstone lore is a site called: *Crystals, Gems and Stones. The site is, essentially, an extensive database of information on the healing properties of gems, arranged in alphabetic order by the name of the stone. Originally written by Jacqueline M. DeVries, the information at this site has been copied and presented, with permission, by someone who writes in the first person, but doesn't identify her (or him)self.

 

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Biofeedback

Biofeedback is a non-invasive form of treatment in which a practitioner uses readings -- such as skin temperature, muscle tension and/or brainwave function -- from your body to help you make certain changes in behaviour. The new responses and behaviors can help to bring relief and improvement to a variety of disorders. The *Biofeedback Certification Institute of America was created to establish and maintain standards for practitioners who use biofeedback and to certify those who meet these standards. The BCIA website offers access to information about biofeedback and the certification process. Access it by clicking on the name underlined above.

 

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Breathwork

TransformBreathing is a programme created by people who believe that most of us do not breathe fully and porperly and that this can effect our health. It is about repatterning the breath to produce an internal environment that is conducive to optimal well being. Exercise and diet are important. Without effective breathing, however, they are not enough to ensure health and well being. A full open breath is the foundation to good health. Their web site, *The International Breath Institute explains their philosophy, offers a FAQ and other information, tells about their seminars and allows you to learn about Dr. Tom Goode, the creator of the programme. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

*Breath-Directed Tools offers information about the way in which breathing can become a mode of reconnection and reintegration of the hurt self, thus promoting healing. The page is part of a larger website on Innrer Healing & Transformation; click on the name underlined above for access to information on breathwork.

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Cheirology

Everyone knows that the hands are sometimes used to read fortunes. Fortune tellers are often "palmists", or readers of your palm. Now, a web site called: Kenneth A. Lagerstrom's Cheirology Center tells you all about another, very different, diagnostic use of the hands, in health care. Cheirology is the study or science of the hands, and many different disciplines look to the hands for information about the person to whom the hands belong. In order to learn more about the hand in health and diagnosis, click on the name underlined above.

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Chiropractic

If resources in the field of chiropractic interest you, try this link to the *Chiropractic Page in Manitoba. The information resources at this site are maintained by John Wiens, D.C., and are very complete. The page serves as a resource for chiropractors, other health care practitioners, students and interested laypersons.

Another source of information about chiropractic, the history of the discipline and education for practice, can be found at *CHIRO-WEB, a site created by Andrew Bayuk, D.C., in Milford, CT.

The Canadian Chiropractic Association home page is called: *Chiropractic in Canada and contains links to both public and professional sites, each of which is designed to meet the unique needs of a specific audience. The Canadian Chiropractic InfoSite provides the general public with valuable information about chiropractic healthcare, and the Canadian Chiropractic Professional Network serves the needs of chiropractic students, staff and professionals. Access both by clicking on the name underlined above. Vous pouvez acceder au page: La Chiropratique au Canada de L'Association chiropratique canadienne en pesant sur le nom francais souligne.

The *Student Canadian Chiropractic Association has its own web site; click on the name underlined in order to access this site.

Dr. Michael D. Beattie, in Waterloo, ON, maintains a web site for the *Waterloo Chiropractic Health Centre which has lots of information about chiropractic care both in general and for specific conditions. There is also general information about maintaining good health from a chiropractic perspective on this site. Click on the name underlined above for access.

For more information, see: Chiropractors, in the Disciplines & Education section of this resource.

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Craniosacral Therapy

The *Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America is a new organization offering services throughout Canada and the U.S. Craniosacral Therapy is a subtle and profound healing form which assists the bodily intelligence (the body's knowing) on its journey back to health. The cerebrospinal fluid is in tide-like motion. Craniosacral therapists assist in facilitating change in areas of restriction, areas where the tide-like motion is limited, confined, immobilized. ... Craniosacral Therapy finds its roots in the science of osteopathy. Osteopathy is a system of the healing art based on a theory that ailments and diseases in the body are caused as a result from pressure of displaced bones on the nerves resulting in a loss of structural integrity. The CSTA/NA website offers information about the discipline and its history, as well as services to members and patients. A discussion list is also accessible though the site. For access, click on the name underlined above.

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Feldenkrais Movement

Feldenkrais is a system of treatment for health problems which involves movement or arrangement of bodily parts so as to improve functionality. Developed by an Israeli engineer named Moshe Feldenkrais, the treatment can be taught to groups or delivered by a Feldenkrais practitioner. For more information (in either English or French) developed by a Quebecois practitioner, Phillippe Leblond, click here: *Feldenkrais  Le Feldenkrais, c'est un travail avec le corps humain selon une perspective de l'ingenieur systeme; cliquez sur le nom souligne pour savoir plus.

The North American Feldenkrais Guild maintains a web site simply called the: *Feldenkrais Method to explain and promote its work. They explain that: The Feldenkrais Method is a form of somatic education that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement and enhance human functioning. Through this Method, you can increase your ease and range of motion, improve your flexibility and coordination, and rediscover your innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement. All of this, of course, contributes to healthy, stress-free living. Learn more by clicking on the underlined name above.

Ralph Strauch is a Feldenkrais practitioner living in California. His website: *Somatic Options offers information about Feldenkrais, his private practice, his writing, and avoiding stress and repetitive strain injuries (RSI) through Feldenkrais techniques. It also offers links to other Feldenkrais sites on the Internet. Click on the name above to access Ralph Strauch's site.

The *Feldenkrais Method web pages from Jerry Larsen offer information on Feldenkrais Movement in Spanish, French and German, in addition to English. There is a directory of practitioners with extensive Canadian listings, and access to other Feldenkrais resources on the web. Check it out by clicking on the name underlined above!

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Flower Remedies

All illness is not merely physical, and our emotional and mental well-being is very important. This simple fact has been recognized for many centuries in folk remedies of many sorts. In the present century, Dr. Edward Bach, a British physician and homeopath, concluded that many of his patients' ills were the result of negative states of mind and mental disharmony and he developed a therapeutic system to treat such states of mind with natural substances. His "flower remedies" are still used today by those who believe in the healing power of flowers.

The *Flower Essence Society of Nevada City, CA, is dedicated to the advancement of a new living science of Nature, and the development of flower essence therapy as a profound journey of soul transformation. It promotes plant research and empirical clinical research on the therapeutic effects of flower essences; conducts training and certification programs for active flower essence practitioners, as well as public classes and seminars throughout the world; and provides a communication and referral network for those who are teaching, researching, or practicing in the field of flower essence therapy. Click on the name underlined above for access to their website.

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Gerson Therapy

*The Gerson Therapy is an intensive, nutrition-based and detoxifying medical treatment for cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic, degenerative diseases. It works closely with nature to help the sick body to rid itself of disease through the supportive effects of simple foods, juices, and non-toxic medication. The Gerson Institute, located in California, maintains a web site which explains its therapy in great detail. The site offers access to information about Gerson care provided at hospitals in Arizona and in Mexico; click on the underlined name at the beginning of this paragraph for access. Articles available at this site offer information about the originator of the therapy and its history, a biography of Max Gerson, and lists of other related reading. News about training programmes and conferences is also available.

There is also an official *Gerson Support Group with its own web site in the United Kingdom. This site offers further information and bibliography on Gerson Therapy, as well as access to Gerson care in the United Kingdom. Click on the underlined name for access.

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Herbs and Herbal Remedies

Anyone interested in herbs and herbal remedies will want to visit the web site of Herbal Hall. This site offers a discussion list for professional herbalists, images of many herbs, book reviews, links to other WWW sites of herbal interest and information about schools offering programmes in herbal medicine. For information about the medicinal uses of herbs and plants, click here: *Herbal Hall.

The *HerbWeb is a complex series of indexes to hyperlinks offering information on a very large collection of herbs and their therapeutic or preventive properties. The index offers access to information about commercial sources of these herbs and an extremely useful bibliography of its sources of information.

A good place to begin if you have questions about herbal medicine is with a list of FAQ (which stands for Frequently Asked Questions). Click here to access the : *Medicinal Herb FAQ.

The University of Washington Medicinal Herb Garden, in Seattle, WA, is a marvellous resource for the student of herbal medicine and the botanist. Click here to access the web site of the: *University of Washington Medicinal Herb Garden. Access to images of the herbs by both their botanical and their common names is a special feature of this site.

*Algy's Herb Page is a marvellous resource which has recently moved and is currently under re-construction. Many of the resources are still available, but full access now requires a browser that can cope with Java applets. There is still a lot of excellent material here; I am sure you will feel overwhelmed with the quantity and quality. You can approach herbs as ornamental plants, as medicinal ingredients, as culinary items, and you can find a collection of recipes for them. There are seed catalogues, and bulletin boards for herbal discussions. This is truly a multi-faceted resource. Click on the underlined name above to begin your explorations of this very rewarding site.

HerbNET claims to be "the most comprehensive site on the Web for those seeking information on herbs, herb products and remedies, herb publications . . . in fact everything herbal can be found here!" Although I can't substantiate this claim to being the most comprehensive herbal site on the web, I can certainly agree that it is a "full service" information site. They offer a magazine, a calendar of herbal events, a wonderful collection of links to other sites and to herbal discussion lists, a list of courses and lots of other odds and herbal ends. Try it out by clicking here: *HerbNET

The Southwest School of Botanical Medicine maintains a large collection of documents on the web which provide lots of information about herbs and herbal medicines, their preparation and uses. They also sell books, videos and software products of interest to the health care professional who uses herbs. Click here to access the web site of the: *Southwest School of Botanical Medicine in Albequerque, NM.

HerbsPlus offers a realtively new web site with a growing list of alternative and complementary medicine providers, pharmacies, health food stores, organic restaurants, alternative books, fitness providers and organizations. Be warned that the directories are rudimentary at this point! We can watch and hope that they grow rapidly. Also available is information about herbal treatments and some articles on herbal and alternative topics. Click here: *HerbsPlus to access this site.

Normally, I don't add sites that appear to be highly commercial to this list; I am making an exception in the case of the Complete Guide to Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements. Be warned, this site is HIGHLY commercial; they want you to buy something! Be warned, as well, that this information is no more complete than is that offered at many other herb sites, but on a subject as broad as this, what site ever could offer COMPLETE information? And there IS lots of information here; that's why I am offering this link. It is very difficult to find information on some herbs and nutritional supplements; this page offers access to a discussion list, so you can ask questions, should you want to do that, and it offers lots of articles, with the promise that they will tell both sides of stories they choose to feature. Try it out; you may be pleased with what you find here: click here for the *Complete Guide to Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements

Another commercial site offering a great deal of information about the products they have for sale is that of Austin Nutritional Research in Austin, TX. Clicking below will give you access to their Herbs page, but they also offer reference guides to Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids, Nutrients, and other related topics. They have a catalogue from which you can order nutritional supplements, as well, and there is easy access from any of their pages to all of the others. Click here to access the *Herbs page of ANR.

The *Australasian College of Herbal Studies in Lake Oswego, OR, offers a very attractive web site through which you can take courses in herbalogy, read an online newsletter, purchase videos or request a copy of their herbal shop catalogue. A faculty list shows tutors from the U.S. as well as from Australia and New Zealand. Click on the underlined name above for access.

The *Wild Rose College of Natural Healing in Calgary, AB, is a center for both the casual and the serious student to learn a broad range of therapies, techniques and natural health concepts. The instruction is grounded in herbalism; founder of the college, Dr. Terry Willard, is the author of many books about herbs and natural healing. He is recognized as one of North America's leading clinical herbalists. He currently serves as the President of the Canadian Association of Herbal Practitioners and is a full member of the American Herbalists Guild. Descriptions of courses offered can be found on their web site; click on the name underlined above for access.

A motley and very personal collection of links to information about herbs is found at: *Henriette's Herbal Homepage. Many of the links offered on Henriette's page are also listed above, but there are computer archives of herbal documents and herbal FAQ's, as well. Henriette offers links to other herbal sites and a great deal of knowledge and enthusiasm for her subject. Click on the underlined name, above, for access to this site.

The information at the *Gypsy Folk Medicine web site isn't exclusively herbal, but it uses herbs extensively in its various remedies, so I have included it in this section of the resource. Here you will find a list of ailments and a collection of directions for mixing Gypsy remedies to correct each of them.

*GreyWing's Herbal is truly a beautiful site! It is lovely to look at because it uses colourful illustrations, often from pre-Raphaelite paintings, on soothingly dark backgrounds. Great care has been taken in choosing the graphic elements of this site which is part of a larger collection of Wiccan and pagan resources on the web. The "Herbs and Herb Lore" section of this resource begins with a list of explanations of herbal preparation terms such as: decoctions, extracts, infusions; many more appear in the list. Each month, a particular herb from a New England Wiccan garden is featured and its many names, medicinal uses and lore are set out in great detail; earlier articles are archived for consultation. A brief bibliography offers access to reading about herbs and their uses. Click on the name underlined above for access to this eye-soothing site.

Interested in books about herbs and herbal medicine? Then a visit to Jonathan Treasure's site *The Herbal Bookworm is a must! About it, the author says: This is simply a page of medicinal herbal book and software reviews written mostly for herb folk and all written by me. Some of the reviews have been published elsewhere, new ones will be added regularly. Some reviews are very long; others, quite brief. If you are looking for information about what someone else thinks of a book you may be thinking of buying, look here first.

The British have done it again! A wonderfully diverse web site focussing on herbs has been created by the *Herb Society (UK). Here you will find historical material on herb gardens in a 9th century Swiss monastery, practical information about growing herbs under difficult conditions, both historical and contemporary accounts of herbs in your salad, recipes, folklore and more. There is an extensive collection of links to the best herbal sites they know, too. Click on the name underlined above for access.

*Hena's Herb Garden offers a small, but growing, collection of herbs and provides information on their medicinal value, their "magical" uses and their folk history. Click on the name above for access.

If you want to know more about environmental health, nutrition and Chinese herbology, perhaps the *Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute in Hot Springs, MT, has an onsite or distance learning programme suited to your needs. Their web site offers to help you learn specific ways to improve quality in herbal practice, to promote common sense in using herbs and herbal formulas, and to protect your right to practice as an herbalist. They have courses and training programmes, a FAQ on Chinese herbal sciences and they offer essays, reference information, quizzes, clinical case studies, and reading lists on herbal health care and other health topics. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

For answers to questions you didn't even know you had about the immensely popular St. John's wort, try the new *St. John's Wort FAQ. This site focuses mainly on use of the herb as an antidepressant, but mentions anti-cancer properties, as well. Click on the underlined name for access to this site.

The *Herb Society of America is dedicated to promoting the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research, and sharing the experience of its members with the community. Among the many interesting features of this site are its seed exchange and speakers' registry. Looking for an herb you can't find locally or for a speaker at your next meeting? Contact the Herb Society; you may find them helpful. Click on the name underlined above for access to their website.

The firm of Beaufour Ipsen International sponsors a website called: *Longevity which is mainly about the effects of ginko biloba on aging. It offers articles and access to published research in scientific journals on the efficacy of ginko biloba in combatting the effects of aging. Click on the name underlined above for access to this website.

A site called: *Preventing and Ending Pregnancy provides information about herbal contraception, herbs to encourage menstruation and using herbs to terminate pregnancy. The author of these pages uses the pseudonym: Sister Zeus and includes testimonials from other unknown women (identified by first names only) to the efficacy of the herbs or procedures she describes. There is a bibliography of "studies" or articles, but most come from journals you will have difficulty finding, or books published by extremely small presses. Disclaimers and cautionary notes abound on this site. Like most information about the efficacy of herbal medicines, this belongs to the realm of "common wisdom" rather than scientific studies. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

*Linpharma: Herbal Remedies Information Site offers access to information about medicinal uses of herbs for common conditions. There is also a section on preparation of herbal remedies. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

*Herbs and Aromas is a page devoted to the knowledge of Medicinal Plants and Herbs. It explains how to use them or their extracts and essential oils to flavor oils, make unguents and balms, perfumes and cosmetics. There is also a large list of links on this website to others which offer information about a wide range of herbal topics. Click on the name underlined above for access to the site.

The *Herb Research Foundation in Boulder, CO, is dedicated to responsible informed self-care with medicinal plants. They publish two journals: HerbalGram, and Herbs for Health -- which you can receive by becoming a member -- maintain a large library, sponsor research into herbal remedies and disseminate it. Among the services they provide are information packages on specific herbs and research customized to your needs. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

There is a *Herbal Q&A document from Nutrition Science News which answers general questions such as: Do herbs really work? and Why aren't herbs labeled as to what they do and what conditions they treat?. The author of the document is Donald J. Brown, N.D., a faculty member of Bastyr University of Natural Health Sciences, in Seattle, WA. Brown is the founder of Natural Products Research Consultants, which is dedicated to furthering education and research on natural medicine. Click on the name underlined above for access to the FAQ document.

About.com (formerly known as The Mining Co.) has a collection of links and information on herbs and herbal lore called: *Herbs For Health. A variety of interesting topics related to herbs is presented by Juli Kight, your guide to this subject: American Indian herbalism, aromatherapy, consumer safety, Chinese herbalism, ethnobotany, herbs for specific conditions, and so on. There is even a "Skeptic's Corner"! Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

For more information, see: Herbalists, in the Disciplines & Education section of this resource.

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Homeopathy

Le *Centre de Techniques Homeopathiques , situe a Montreal, offre la formation professionelle en homeopathie. Ce site web offre aussi des renseignements sur le sujet, un magasin ou on peut acheter des livres et des remedes homeopathiques, et une horaire pour des seminaires a venir. An abbreviated version of some of this information is also available in English. Pesez sur le nom souligne pour acceder a ce site.

The *National Center for Homeopathy, in Alexandria, VA, is attempting to promote health through homeopathy: By providing general education to the public about homeopathy, and specific education to homeopaths, we help to make homeopathy available throughout the United States. They offer help in finding a homeopath and a list of homeopathic resources. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

The * British Institute of Homoeopathy, Canada now offers courses leading to qualifications in homeopathic medicine, homeopathic pharmacy and homeopathic veterinary medicine through Centennial College in Toronto, ON. The British Institute of Homeopathy is the largest and one of the more respected centres of homeopathic studies in the world. The Institute is dedicated to the development of classical and modern homeopathy through internationally recognised teachers and research, based on the principles of medicine established by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the father of homeopathy. For information about Canadian courses, scholarships and instruction, click on the name underlined above.

The Foundation for Homoeopathic Research and the Sanjivak Homoeopathic Center present *Homeopathy ... the 21st Century Medicine. This is the first Homoeopathy web-site from India offering useful information for lay-people and professionals. There are FAQs about homeopathy, information about courses of study (in Bombay and in London), and a newsletter on this site. You can read articles and consult with Dr. Rajesh Shah by e-mail. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

The *Alternative Home Medicine Chest is a list of herbal and homeopathic remedies provided by IVI Publishing's onhealth site. The list contains herbs, oils, and homeopathic medications which can usually be found at health food stores or specialized pharmacies. Information is provided on the uses and preparation of each item in the alternative medicine cabinet list; just click on the name. There is also a corresponding *Conventional Home Medicine Chest, as well. Click on any of the underlined names for access to information.

The *Toronto School of Homeopathic Medicine , located in the Yorkville neighbourhood of downtown Toronto, offers instruction in classical homeopathy and has a beautifully designed and informative website. Full of information about the discipline, the school, its faculty and what you can expect from homeopathy, this site is worth a visit! Access it by clicking on the name underlined above.

For more information, see the Homeopaths links in the Disciplines & Education section of this resource.

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Kinesiology

*Health Kinesiology UK is a website about a holistic therapy which uses muscle testing to restore the balance the body needs to return to optimum health. HK was invented by Dr. Jimmy Scott who currently lives in Canada; he has developed a powerful system which looks at people as a whole taking into account their psychological state, their environment, the needs of the physical body and also the interplay of subtle bodies and chakras. The site offers information for those who wish to learn about the new therapy and for practitioners. There is also a clickable map which will tell you where you can find a practitioner, if you live in the U.K.

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Kombucha Tea

Kombucha Tea is a popular health promoting beverage which involves the kombucha mushroom and fermented tea. TheKombucha Home Page offers access to a great many web sites which, collectively, provide information on its history, its rise to current popularity, and health benefits. You can also find out how to make your own, or where to buy Kombucha Tea from this page; click here to access the: *Kombucha Home Page.

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Macrobiotics

The discipline of Macrobiotics is about more than just diet. It involves changing or managing your diet for spiritual and healthful ends. Learn more about macrobiotics from Fred Pulver who has studied it throughout his life by clicking here: *Carbondale Center for Macrobiotic Studies.

*Macrobiotics On-line is another web site which explains the macrobiotic approach to life and to diet extremely well. The macrobiotic diet excludes meat entirely and concentrates heavily on whole grain cereals, but macrobiotics is not, strictly speaking, merely about diet. Click on the underlined name above to learn more about this ancient and healthful approach to life.

For more Macrobiotics sites, see the *Vegetarian links in the *Wellness section of this resource.

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Massage Therapy

*Massage Magazine is a regular printed publication offering articles on massage techniques and on the mind/body connection, profiles of therapists and leaders in the profession and lots of information about trends and developments in a whole array of complementary medical practices. The website for the magazine offers a peek at a few of the articles from the most recent issue, a summary list of features in previous issues and the opportunity to subscribe to the print publication. Click on the underlined name above for access to this site.

The U.S. *National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork located in McLean, VA, is a voluntary body certifying professional massage therapists and bodyworkers on behalf of the profession for the benefit of employers, consumers and practitioners. At their website, you can learn about the certification process, access consumer information, find practitioners, and if you are a therapist, you can access information about continuing education opportunities. Click on the underlined name for access.

*Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy is a massage technique devised by Therese Pfrimmer in rural Ontario in the late-1940's. Known both as Canadian massage and as deep muscle therapy, Pfrimmer's technique has been credited with remarkable results in some paralysed patients. It is taught today at the *Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy in Wayne, PA, and at the Alexandria School of Scientific Therapeutics, in Alexandria, IN. Click on either of the underlined names for access to more information.

*L'Academie de massage scientifique , a Drummondville et a Hull (QC), offre des cours, des stages en cliniques et un service de mise en contact avec l'employeur pour tous ses etudiants. Ils vous aident a contacter le marche du travail comme travailleur autonome en soin de sante a domicile, ou en collaboration avec d'autres practiciens en centre therapeutique, clinique multidisciplinaire, ou autres endroits divers. The web site of the *Academy of Scientific Massage also has an English version. Click on the underlined names above for access to this site in the language of your choice.

The *Massage Network has a website offering information about the bewildering variety of types of massage available. If you have ever wondered what Swedish massage is, and how it is different from Esalen massage, or Thai massage, try consulting the Types of Massage information available at this site. There is a useful list of questions to ask a massage therapist on your first visit. You can also search for a massage therapist located in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom or the United States on this site. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

For more information, see the Massage therapists links in the Disciplines & Education section of this resource.

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Naprapathy

Naprapathy is a treatment method which concentrates on studying, treating and preventing locomotor disorders. A page from Finland called: *What is Naprapathy, by Petteri Koski, D.N., explains diagnosis and treatment provided by a Naprapath, and briefly describes the education available in Sweden. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

Dr. Anthony Palumbo, D.N. (graduated from the Chicago National College of Naprapathy) has established a website which explains his discipline. The first naprapath -- Oakley Smith -- was trained as a chiropractor and naprapathy is still a manipulative therapy. But naprapathy identifies the cause of a condition as a "disturbance" in the connective tissue that comes in contact with the spinal nerves and focusses on the connective tissue, rather than on the spine. For more information, click here: *Naprapathy: The Effective Alternative.

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Natural Hygiene

The *American Natural Hygiene Society, a membership organization promoting the idea and practice of natural hygiene, claims to be the largest vegetarian organization in the United States. Click on the name underlined above for access to a site which offers information about natural hygiene and support for members of the ANHS.

*Natural Hygiene Online, created by Tasha (who describes herself as a "Life Scientist"), is a site spreading the "good news" of Natural Hygiene. It is based on the belief that: simple changes in lifestyle can change your attitude and your health. ... Natural Hygiene recognizes the unity of all life and holds that physical, mental, and emotional health are inseparably linked; and that personal health, environmental health, and community health are parts of a whole. Natural Hygiene teaches that the best way to achieve optimal health is right living - developing self esteem and a positive attitude towards life; eating fresh, whole, natural foods; exercising regularly; getting plenty of rest, sleep, fresh air, and sunshine; learning to handle stress; and avoiding all negative influences of life. If these ideas interest you, click on the name underlined above and learn more.

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Naturopathy

A very comprehensive site on naturopathic medicine in general (including education of practitioners), and its practice in the U.S. and Canada, is available; click here to access the web site of the *American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. The AANP provides a database which will help you to locate a naturopathic physician in your area via this page!

The AANP also offers a service to keep the world up-to-date on what's happening in the field of natural healing/alternative medicine. Click here: *NaturMedia to access the AANP's Public Affairs and Media Liaison web site.

The *Canadian Naturopathic Association is a not-for-profit professional association representing the interests of naturopathic doctors and promoting naturopathic medicine throughout Canada. Its membership consists of naturopathic doctors, naturopathic medical students, suppliers of natural remedies for professional use, and the provincial naturopathic associations. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

Another, also very comprehensive, site for information on naturopathic medicine and its philosophy -- with opportunity to locate practitioners -- is available; click here to access the: *Naturopathic Medicine Network.

*Get Well -- Natural Health Advice for You and Your Family is a web site for alternative medicine created by Australian Naturopaths. The site features: books on natural medicine, an offer of "personal" naturopathic advice (by e-mail), herbal medicine and recipes for healthy eating. Information about education for naturopathic practice in Australia is also included. Click above on the underlined name for access to this site.

The *Canadian Naturopathic Foundation (formerly the: Canadian Naturopathic Education and Research Society) provides financial aid to students in naturopathic studies and funds research into natural medicine. Their web site offers information about membership and approved educational institutions in North America. You can subscribe to their e-mail newsletter, read articles of interest, access other naturopathic web sites and, eventually, visit their library and bookstore. Click on the underlined name for access.

The BCNA, a professional association for naturopathic doctors in British Columbia, has a web site: *Naturopathic Medicine . The association offers articles about naturopathy through its web site, health news with a BC focus and access to information about naturopathic education. The association also provides patient referrals to naturopathic doctors throughout the province. Click on the name for access.

. The *Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine which is located in Toronto offers Canada's only recognized four-year, full-time program in naturopathic medicine. Graduates receive a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.) diploma. CCNM began to operate as The Ontario College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1978. Their web site offers information about the school and its curriculum, and about the history and philosophy of Naturopathy. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

. The *Council on Naturopathic Medical Education is the body recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as the national accrediting agency for programs leading to the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D. or N.M.D.) degree. It ensures the high quality of naturopathic medical education in accredited schools in the United States and Canada through a voluntary accreditation process. There is a FAQ at this site answering questions about accreditation and lists of North American schools already accredited, and pending. Click on the name above for access to this site.

*Natural Medicine Online is described as an "interactive physician's guide to clinical research that brings together the most respected names in the field of natural medicine." It is the electronic continuation of the Natural Medicine Journal; it has articles on research in natural medicine, therapeutics and clinical commentaries. You can register to be alerted of new information in the field. The site is sponsored by PhytoPharmica, a manufacturer of natural medicines, nutritional supplements and herbal extracts.Click on the name underlined above for access.

For more information, see: Naturopaths, in the Disciplines & Education section of this resource.

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Osteopathy

A page of links to WWW resources on osteopathic medicine is being developed by Barrie Oldham, D.O., in the U.K. Click here to access the *Osteopathic Medicine International WWW Resource Page in the U.K.

A newly designed site replaces one originally created by and for osteopathic student physicians at the UMDNJ and incorporates their OsteoSource collection. Osteopathic.com will answer all your questions about osteopathic medicine, and if you are considering osteopathy as a career, you may have a great many! There are resources here for students, D.O.'s, and the public. Click here to access the *Osteopathic.Com - The Osteopathic Medicine Resource website.

Want to learn more about osteopathic manipulative treatment? where osteopathy came from in the first place, or who Andrew Taylor Still was? You can do all of this, and more, at the web site of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM); click here: *AACOM to access comprehensive information on osteopathy in North America.

The *Osteopathic Health & Wellness Institute in Springfield, PA, is both a patient care and an educational centre. The centre offers courses in manipulative therapy and in osteopathic manipulation; its website explains these terms and offers more information on the school and on osteopathic medicine. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

For more information, see: Osteopaths, in the Disciplines & Education section of this resource.

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Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen therapy is a term which covers a range of methods of introducing oxygen into the body as part of a health or therapeutic regimen. Based on the idea that disease states are caused by a lack of oxygen at the cellular level, the oxygen therapies aim to get more oxygen into your body than you get through normal breathing and thereby to promote health and healing. Click here to explore these ideas and therapies: *Oxygen and Ozone Therapies Area. In addition to published references on the therapies involved, you can find a list of doctors in Canada and the U.S. using the therapies.

Because oxygen therapy is controversial, *Sumeria, a web collection of resources for exploring alternative ideas in health, science, and spirituality, has a whole section of information on *Oxygen Therapies. There is a link to an article outlining the results of some Canadian studies of oxygen therapy, and a whole collection of links to the work of Aura Research, an American company involved in developing oxygen-based skin care technologies and products. Click on the names underlined above to acces this material.

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Polarity Therapy

*Sumeria, a collection of information on alternative health and holistic therapies, offers information about APTA and *Polarity Therapy. Click on the underlined name for access to this site.

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Reflexology

Reflexology is an ancient healing art -- both holistic and drug-less -- in which massage of the feet, where many sensitive nerve endings reside, is said to stimulate the natural healing capacity of the body. Click here to access the: *U.K. Reflexology Link Page. In addition to helping to locate reflexologists in the United Kingdom, this page offers information which explains the theory and practice of the discipline.

Virginia Sevilla practices reflexology in Richmond, BC and has a web page which explains what reflexology is all about and where it came from (its history). There is a document with questions and answers about reflexology, and information about training for practice and certification in Canada. Click here to access Virginia Sevilla's *Sun Gem Reflexology page.

Kevin and Barbara Kunz, in Albuquerque, NM, have a web site called: *Reflexology Research. Here you can access their journal: Reflexions, the Journal of Reflexology Research; you can find definitions, history, and a summary of U.S. legislation relating to the discipline. They have also compiled a list of published studies of reflexology. Click on the underlined name for access.

The *Home of Reflexology is a British web site offering web access to a great many international organizations dealing with the discipline. The site is currently under construction and not much else appears yet. Worth watching for developments! Click on the underlined name for access.

The *Association of Reflexologists was founded in Britain in 1984 as an independent organisation not affiliated to any particular training school. Its aims are to provide support for its members, maintain high standards of practice and to promote reflexology to the public. Its web site offers information on the healing art of reflexology, advice on training and practice, and a list of accredited courses in the United Kingdom.

The *International Academy of Advanced Reflexology in Easton, PA, has a web site which explains reflexology as a complementary, biological health service through which an exercise pressure is applied to reflex areas formed by 7,200 nerve endings in each hand and each foot, encouraging improved instruction to each and every gland, organ and part of the body, thus persuading the body to biologically correct, strengthen and reinforce itself. Classroom instruction is offered, as well as books on reflexology. Click on the name underlined above for more information.

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Reiki

Reiki (pronounced: ray - kee) is an ancient spirituality which is said to enhance healing. Click here for access to more information on : *Reiki Healing Energy.

More information on reiki and how it can be used in the healing process can be obtained from the Center for Reiki Training, in Southfield, MI. This site has been redesigned recently and is now a massive collection of Reiki knowledge and resources for training: a FAQ covers a great variety of questions; there is a section on the purpose and philosophy of reiki; there is a course schedule and a selection of tools and resources. Click here to access the web site of the: *Center for Reiki Training.

Another Reiki page with lots of information laid out simply in helpful FAQ's can be found here: *Welcome to the healing energy of Reiki!.

The *Reiki UK Pages are intended to serve the needs of practitioners and those looking for information about Reiki living in the United Kingdom, but they are very good pages, and there is no need for them to be limited to those living in the U.K. There is an especially good collection of links to other Reiki pages at this web site. Click on the name underlined above for access.

An organization called PaRama, promotes a number of eclectic philosophies related to health and personal psychology at its website, called: the *School of Philosophy and Life Sciences. Among other things, they offer a very detailled and useful *Reiki page. Click on either of the underlined names for access.

David Herron has created a very interesting reiki page which offers information not only about the ethical principles of the discipline and a discussion of whether to charge for treatment, but has also a section on choosing a practitioner. Click here to access David Herron's *Reiki Pages.

Looking for a Canadian Reiki Master? Stephanie Robinson lives in Alberta and may be just the one you want; she has an interconnected series of pages on reiki which can be accessed by clicking on the following name: *Stephanie Robinson's Home Page.

The *Traditional Japanese Reiki page comes from the Traditional Japanese Reiki Association of Edmonton, AB, and represents a close reconstruction of the original teachings of Mikao Usui (1865-1926). The teachers who first brought Reiki to North America and adapted it to a largely Christian culture learned from this man. A very informative history page is available at this site, as well as a complete description of the system, its ethics and its four levels of training for practice. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.

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Rolfing

The European Rolfing Association has a website (in several languages) which explains the work of the biochemist Ida Rolf (1896 - 1979) -- from the 1940's through the 1970's -- to develop a body work method that she called "Structural Integration". In what we know today as "rolfing", one learns that there is a pattern, an order, in human bodies, and that the pattern is a basic factor in well-being or its lack. Rolfing involves both restructuring and movement education. *Rolfing in Europe offers an introduction to the concepts and training involved in "rolfing"; there are articles and contact points in various European countries, too, along with a list of workshops in Europe for neophytes and initiates. Click on the name underlined above to access this web site.

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Self-Regulation, Self Help

The Life Sciences Institute of Mind-Body Health in Topeka, KS, is a group of health professionals who believe that, through techniques such as biofeedback, visualization and imagery, we have the capacity to regulate our physiology to a far greater extent than previously believed. External agents such as medication, surgery and exercise regimens may not be the only way of treating disease; psychophysiologic self-regulation offers another tool to be used in the struggle to regain health. At their web site, you can learn more about the various procedures they use with particular diseases. Click here: *Self-Regulation of Body and Mind to explore what they have to say about their work.

Self help plays an important part in healing. *Loving Life is a California organization offering research and teaching in touch healing. Their web site offers self help information and resources for stress and pain management, dealing particularly with office and computer stress, tendonitis, CTS and RSI. Click on the name underlined above to access this web site.

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Shark Cartilage

There has been a lot of interest in shark cartilage recently, for the treatment of many chronic and life threatening disorders. This information, from a California company known as Real Life is included because many people with health concerns are interested in the claims that this product may be of benefit to them. Judge for yourself by accessing the *Shark Cartilage Information Exchange here.

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Spirituality and Meditation

The *Radiant Living: Virtual Clinic and Infocentre in Hull, QC, is a site which offers a variety of alternative treatments for a variety of conditions. Created by a nuritionist and an iridologist, the therapeutic modalities offered range from nutrition and herbs to energy balancing. Although the site is hard to categorize, I have included it under the Spirituality heading in this list because of the strong sense of spirituality which infuses much of the presentation of the material offered at this site. The page is dedicated to the spiritual master: Adi Da Tat Sundaram Samraj, and there is a link to a site providing more information about his teachings. Click on the name underlined above for access to the Radiant Living site.

The *Trinity Project, its creators say: is about finding and studying the Truth as it exists, regardless of our perceptions or beliefs. The central focus of this scientific investigation evolved from an original project which intended the use of motion induced vertigo and euphoric states as an alternative for drug therapy. During the initial testing many readily observable events occurred that could only be referred to as Spiritual Healing occurrences. The Trinity Project involves use of a "passive motion table" which provides gentle rocking and slow rotation to produce a "balancing" of the body, bringing science and the spirit together into an alternative healing technique. For more information, click on the name underlined above.

Independent research and open discussion in English on transcendental meditation (TM) and related programmes associated with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is published and can be accessed at: *Trancenet. The journal Trancenet is accessible at this site. Also associated with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is a site in New Zealand offering information on Transcendental Meditation as Taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi; click on the name to access the site.

Want to learn all about Transcendental Meditation and Yogic Flying from the Maharishi's own website? Click here: * Transcendental Meditation: the Website of Bliss and Enlightenment, to access a list of weblinks and programmes which offer instruction. A collection of scientific studies on the health benefits of transcendental meditation compiled by faculty at the Maharishi International University is also accessible; click here to access the: *TM Research Home Page.

The Kundalini Resource Center in Norway is mirrored at several sites in the U.S. Information on the Kundalini Awakening and its relationship to health and well-being is available at this site; click here to access the *Kundalini Resource Center.

Yoga science is an Indian tradition of meditation for the betterment -- both physical and mental -- of the practitioner. The *Yoga Institute of Washington, in Washington, DC, offers courses and publications, as well as free introductory materials and e-mail contact to anyone wanting to learn more about yoga. Click on the underlined name above in order to access this site.

The Shambhala tradition of Tibetan Buddhism offers a worldwide network of Meditation Centers providing instruction, classes and programmes in which you can learn the non-religious application of meditation in everyday life. Click here: *Shambhala to access information about this route to a more enlightened society and a better individual life.

Voulez-vous savoir plus de la meditation pour le nouvel age? Les livres de l'auteur, Benjamin Creme, vous manifestera tout! Le site web du Reseau Tara Canada (Quebec): *La meditation de transmission vous introduira a cette oeuvre. Pesez sur le nom souligne pour en savoir plus.

The *National Federation of Spiritual Healers is the principal organisation for spiritual healing in the United Kingdom, with more than 6,500 members working individually and in Centres throughout the country. Healing is the channelling of subtle energies through the healer to the patient. It re-energises and relaxes the patients to enable their own natural resources to deal with illness or injury in the best possible way. By directing energy, usually through the hands, the healer seeks to supplement the depleted energy of the recipient, dealing with stress at whatever level it exists and releasing the body's own recuperative abilities to deal with the problem in the most effective way for that individual.

This site offers access to courses in Britain and overseas, help to locate healers, news and many other features. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site. See, also, Therapeutic touch sites directly below.

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Therapeutic Touch

Healing or Therapeutic touch is a kind of alternative therapy believed to involve the use of the human energy field. Practitioners claim that body, mind, emotion and spirit are touched through this therapeutic process, and each individual is empowered to participate fully in his or her healing journey. The website of *Healing Touch International offers an explanation of healing touch, information about classes and workshops (offered by the *Colorado Center for Healing Touch), and access to the website of *Healing Touch Canada, Inc. , which runs its own center in North York, ON, and offers classes. Access these sites for further information by clicking on the underlined names.

The controversy over the efficacy of Therapeutic Touch is captured by the website of Eric Krieg: *Therapeutic Touch: Is it Valid?. Krieg is an electrical engineer, paranormal investigator, and founding member of PhACT (Philadelphia Association for Critical Thinking). His website lists others which support or challenge the practice and thus, brings together a great quantity of information on the topic. Click on the name underlined above for access.

Even the U.S. military has studied Therapeutic Touch! For information, access the website: *The Pentagon's "Healing Hands", by Jon Elliston. In 1994, the military gave the University of Alabama at Birmingham $355,225.00 to design a study to examine the effects of therapeutic touch on burn victims. Does that much money produce certainty? Read the report on this website and see ...

*Therapeutic Touch: Healing Therapy or Hoax? is an essay published on the web by the OCRT (Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance) which hopes to make a contribution in the controversy over therapeutic touch by examining the evidence and making a reasoned judgement. Whether they determine the right answer makes little difference, because they bring together a lot of evidence for you to examine. Access and read the essay by clicking on the name underlined above.

The *Therapeutic Touch Network (Ontario) promotes the practice and acceptance of Therapeutic Touch as developed by Dolores Krieger and Dora Kunz in the early 1970's. Their website offers access to teachers, practitioners and practice groups across Ontario. You will also find information about the organization and the practice itself by clicking on the name underlined above.

The *Barbara Brennan School of Healing is an educational institution dedicated to the exploration and enrichment of Brennan Healing Science, a specialized form of holistic health care, sometimes referred to as Hands of Light Healing. Training includes body psychotherapy, psychological process, deep self-introspection, High Sense Perception, the integration of the creative arts with the healing spirit, and the development of professional presence. Meditation, channeling, and personalized spiritual practices, in which all religious persuasions are welcome, complete the full spectrum of the healing curriculum. Much more information about the school, its classes and its founder are available on the website. Access it by clicking on the name underlined above.

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Urine Therapy

Urine therapy means using (your own) urine externally or internally as a way to promote or maintain your health. If urine is ingested and/or rubbed into the skin, it purifies blood and tissues, provides useful nutrients and sends the body a signal about what is in or out of balance. Furthermore, urine therapy has proven helpful in a great number of diseases, ranging from a simple cold and a throatache, to tuberculosis and asthma, from minor skin problems such as itching, to more serious skin diseases such as eczema, psoriasis and even skin cancer. Former priminister of India Mr. Morarji Desai publicly admitted that he did it and it was a very useful therapy. He lived a very long and active life.

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How to Locate a Holistic Health Care Provider

Access to information about the locations of some practitioners of the various alternative medicine specialties in the United States is now available on the WWW.

You could try looking at the membership list of the International Society of New Age Professionals if you are seeking a holistic health care provider. Their affiliates offer a variety of new age health care services; click here for access to ISNAP's: *Directory of members.

*The Share Guide is a holistic health journal and directory of professionals and events of interest in related areas. It is published quarterly in California; selected articles from the publication are available at their web site, and the directory can be consulted, via the web, for information about the locations of California holistic health practitioners.

*AltHealth Search describes itself as "a referral service and resource center for alternative medicine". Its purpose is to help locate alternative health practitioners in the United States, and it claims to have 173,000 listings in its database. You can search by practitioner name -- if you know it -- and by disciplines, city names and zip codes, if you want to get really specific. There are generic definitions of alternative health practices and descriptions of the certification that exists for each. Click on the name underlined above to access this database.

The *American Holistic Health Association calls itself: "a national clearing house to connect you with resources you can use to improve your health and well-being". They have a searchable database of holistic practitioners, a list of local support groups in the U.S., educational material and membership for both the public and health care practitioners. Click on the name underlined above for access to this site.


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