Glossary of Terms
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We have made a conscious decision to include a glossary of Terms and Practices in our guide. The definitions come from a variety of sources as well as from the businesses that are listed here.
Energy medicine, energy therapy, energy healing, or spiritual healing are branches of alternative medicine based on belief that healers can channel healing energy into a patient and effect positive results. This idea itself contains several methods: hands-on, hands-off, and distance healing.
Farm to Table
At its heart, farm-to-table means that the food on the table came directly from a specific farm, without going through a store, market, or distributor along the way. It is a social movement which promotes serving local food at restaurants and school cafeterias while educating the consumer of its value to health and community.
Functional Medicine is a new field of medicine that combines the latest in technology with safe, natural treatments to reach optimum health. This type of collaborative care views the body as one integrated system and treats the whole person, not just the symptoms. Improved health is the result of finding the underlying causes of disease rather than just treating symptoms.
The art and science of using herbs for supporting optimal health, and preventing and treating imbalances. Herbalists support innate healing ability through the use of herbs, diet, and lifestyle changes, and ongoing education and support. Western Herbalism is the use of plants of North American and European traditions, combined with western understandings of anatomy, physiology, and pathology, rather than borrowing from other cultures such as Chinese and Ayurvedic traditions.
Holistic Healing includes the analysis of physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, spiritual and lifestyle elements. The healing process focuses on the mind and the body as a complete system rather than the treatment of just parts.
Hypnotherapy consciously uses the natural trance-state that we all flow in and out of in our daily lives in order to more easily affect change in our beliefs, behaviors, and mental states. Hypnotherapy can help with everything from healing emotional wounds and traumas, to releasing anxiety and phobias.