Alternative therapies normally associated with holistic medicine include:
Acupuncture/acupressure —alleviating pain and increasing immune responses by balancing the flow of vital life energy through twelve major body energy pathways called meridians.
Aromatherapy —the use of essential oil extracts from herbs and plants to treat a wide range of conditions and disorders.
Ayurvedic medicine—an ancient Indian medical practice which treats disease by providing natural therapies designed for particular metabolic types.
Craniosacral therapy—manipulates bones in the skull to treat disorders and improve overall body functioning.
Herbal medicine—including Western, ayurvedic, or Chinese, employs naturally occuring herbal remedies for disorders and diseases.
Homeopathy—the use of non-toxic, extremely diluted, low-cost medicines to treat chronic illness and maintain self-care. Used by hundreds of millions of people worldwide, homeopathy entails a "like curing like" approach to healing.
Osteopathy—treatment of bodily disorders by restoring the structural balance of the musculoskeletal system.
Reiki —the channeling of universal energy to aid in the healing process.
As we enter the 21st century an increasing number of physicians are advocating a holistic approach to health care, emphasizing prevention as well as treatment. Noted published practitioners (and their specialties) include Dean Ornish (reversing heart disease), Deepak Chopra (ayurveda/mind-body), Christiane Northrup (women's health), and Andrew Weil (overall health and preventative medicine).