Currently WDC showcases the 72 holistic therapies listed below:
Acupressure-a type of healing touch in which finger pressure on the specific bodily sites described in acupuncture therapy is used to promote healing, alleviate fatigue, etc.
Acupuncture-a Chinese medical practice or procedure that treats illness or provides local anesthesia by the insertion of needles at specified sites of the body.
Air Purification-Air purifiers are used to reduce the concentration of airborne contaminants.
Alexander Technique-a therapeutic technique based on the idea that postural changes can correct certain deficiencies, especially voice and breathing problems, as in actors and musicians.
Animal Communication-deliberate communication between animals (living or deceased) and humans for the purpose of gathering information or transferring messages.
Apitherapy|Bee Products-is the medical use of honey bee products. This can include the use of honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, and bee venom.
Applied Kinesiology-the study of muscles and the movement of the human body for use in diagnosis and treatment, based on viewing the body as interacting unit of different parts that affect each other and combining methods from chiropractics and traditional Chinese medicine. Sometimes called Muscle Testing.
Aromatherapy|Essential Oils-the use of botanical aromas and essential oils to affect or alter a person’s mood or behavior and to treat body parts and conditions.
Art Therapy-a type of psychotherapy that encourages the expression of emotions through artistic activities such as painting, drawing, writing or sculpture; psychotherapy based on the belief that the creative process involved in the making of art is healing and life-enhancing.
Ayurveda|Ayurvedic-an ancient Indian system of holistic medicine drawn from Vedic literature that seeks to balance individual imbalances through adjustments in diet, exercise, and sleep and involving herbs, aromas, meditation, and yoga to address health issues.
Biochemic Tissue Salts-Biochemic tissue salts may be prescribed by homeopaths or naturopathic doctors as part of a complete health program, or recommended as self-care.
Bioenergetic Devices-Bioenergetic devices are devices that are used to assess health conditions, re-balance the body’s energy flow, or protect against electromagnetic fields.
Biofeedback-a method of learning to control one’s bodily functions by monitoring one’s own brain waves, blood pressure, degree of muscle tension, etc.
Chelation-a method of removing certain heavy metals from the bloodstream, used esp. in treating lead or mercury poisoning.
Chi Walking|Running-Modified forms of walking and running to help reduce or eliminate injury and pain such as: knee pain, hip pain, IT Band Syndrome (ITB), hamstring pulls, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, soreness and fatigue.
Chinese Medicine|Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)-TCM practices include treatments such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, dietary therapy, Tui na and Shiatsu massage; often Qigong and Taiji are also strongly affiliated with TCM.
Chiropractic-a therapeutic system based primarily upon the interactions of the spine and nervous system, the method of treatment usually being to adjust the segments of the spinal column.
Color Therapy-a system of alternative medicine in which colors and their energy frequencies are used to correct psychological or physical imbalances; also called chromopathy or color healing.
Craniosacral Therapy-a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
Crystal Healing-the use of crystals in alternative medicine to attempt healing by affecting personal and environmental vibration.
Ear Coning|Candling-gently removing excess wax and toxins from inside the ears and eustachian tubes. Long, tapered cones are inserted into the ears and lit. The smoke generated by the beeswax cones spirals down into the eustachian tube and then returns the toxins which adhere back to the cone. The entire process is relaxing and noninvasive.
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)-a form of counseling intervention that draws on various theories of alternative medicine including acupuncture, neuro-linguistic programming, energy medicine, and Thought Field Therapy. During an EFT session, the client will focus on a specific issue while tapping on “end points of the body’s energy meridians.”
Emotional Release Therapy-one of many different approaches to remove emotional pain.
Energetic Clearing-Clearing creates a resonance which allows disturbed energy to return to a state of balance.
Environmental Medicine (Allergens)-the branch of medicine dealing with the effects of the environment on human health, esp. the physical, mental, and emotional responses to environmental factors.
Feldenkrais Method-an educational system that allows the body to move and function more efficiently and comfortably.
Feng Shui-the Chinese art of arranging buildings, objects, and space in the environment in order to achieve energy, harmony, and balance.
Flower Essences-Flower essences are herbal infusions or decoctions, made from the flowering part of the plant, which uniquely address emotional and mental aspects of wellness.
Guided Imagery-an alternative medicine therapy in which the patient uses positive visualizations and thoughts to aid healing and promote reduction in anxiety or pain.
Health Food|Catering- any natural, whole food popularly believed to promote or sustain good health, as by containing vital nutrients and being grown without the use of pesticides.
Hellerwork Bodywork-is a form of bodywork that combines soft tissue manipulation, body movement re-education, and the relationship between body and mind using verbal dialogue.
Herbs|Herbal Medicine-The study or use of medicinal herbs to prevent and treat diseases and ailments or to promote health and healing; a drug or preparation made from a plant or plants and used for any of such purposes.
Holistic Animal Care-the philosophy of a holistic veterinarian or therapist emphasizes empathy and minimal invasiveness. Alternative therapies offered may include acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy, ethnomedicine or chiropractic.
Holistic Psychotherapy-its primary focus is the natural, drug-free treatment of psychological and emotional pain that manifests in depression, anxiety, trauma and related disorders.
Homeopathy|Homeopathic-the method of treating disease by drugs, given in minute doses, that would produce in a healthy person symptoms similar to those of the disease.
Hydrotherapy|Colon Hydrotherapy-the branch of therapeutics that deals with the curative use of water; the treatment of physical disability, injury, or illness by immersion of all or part of the body in water to facilitate movement, promote wound healing, relieve pain, etc., usually under the supervision of a trained therapist.
Hypnotherapy|Hypnosis-treatment of a symptom, disease, or addiction by means of hypnotism.
Iridology-the inspection of the iris of the eye as an aid in determining a person’s state of health or in diagnosing a health problem.
Lifestyle Coaching-the teaching or training process in which an individual gets support while learning new behavior for personal growth or professional advancement.
Light Therapy-therapeutic exposure to full-spectrum artificial light that simulates sunlight, used to treat various conditions, as seasonal affective disorder.
Magnets|Magnetic Therapy-the use of magnets to relieve pain in various areas of the body.
Massage Therapy-the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, consisting primarily of manual (hands-on) techniques such as applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and moving muscles and body tissues.
Meditation-continued or extended thought, reflection or contemplation.
Metaphysical Healing Arts-Metaphysical healing is based on the belief that negative mental patterns, left unchecked, can eventually result in physical disease or illness, and that the reversing of those negative mental patterns into positive patterns can, in turn, lead to healing. Services may include the use of crystals, astrology, intuitive reading, numerology, palm reading, totems or cards.
Mind Body Techniques-Mind Body medicine focuses on the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behavior, and on the powerful ways in which emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral factors can directly affect health.
Music|Sound Therapy-Music therapy is the use of music to gain physical and emotional healing and wellness. A trained and certified music therapist, dance/movement therapist, or creative arts–expressive therapist can provide music therapy. Therapy sessions can involve listening to music, music-making, or both. Sound healing uses tools such as the human voice, singing bowls, and tuning forks to change and clear vibratory patterns in one’s self, or a client, to affect healing.
Myotherapy-is a chiropractic method intended to provide an integrated approach to alleviating musculoskeletal pain. It involves the treatment of nerves, joints and muscles, acting on all three during a treatment.
Natural Childbirth Services-birthing in an unrestricted, drug-free manner usually assisted by a midwife or doula.
Natural Cleaning Service|Products-to use natural cleaning solutions and methods.
Natural Cosmetics-product is free from parabens, synthetic preservatives, sulfates, animal products, or anything with suspected potential human health risks.
Natural Hormone Replacement-functions exactly like those the body produces. The chemical structure matches that of the hormone it is intended to replace.
Naturopathic Medicine-a complementary and alternative medicine which emphasizes the body’s intrinsic ability to heal and maintain itself.
Neuroreflexotherapy-consists of stimulating other nerve fiber endings on the skin.
NIA Technique-a form of aerobic exercise which combines elements of dance, martial arts, and healing arts.
Nutritional Counseling-used to promote healthier eating, to adopt a therapeutic diet, or to avoid nutrient-drug interactions.
Osteopathy|Osteopath-a therapeutic system originally based upon the premise that manipulation of the muscles and bones to promote structural integrity could restore or preserve health: current osteopathic physicians use the diagnostic and therapeutic techniques of conventional medicine as well as manipulative measures.
Oxygen|Ozone Therapy-is the administration of oxygen as a therapeutic modality.
Pilates-a method of physical and mental exercise involving stretches and breathing that focus on strengthening the abdominal core.
Polarity Therapy-Polarity therapy is a holistic, energy-based system that includes bodywork, diet, exercise, and lifestyle counseling for the purpose of restoring and maintaining proper energy flows throughout the body.
Prolotherapy-involves injecting an otherwise non-pharmacological and non- active irritant solution into the body, generally in the region of tendons or ligaments for the purpose of strengthening weakened connective tissue and alleviating musculoskeletal pain.
Raindrop Technique|Therapy-combines aromatherapy with the techniques of Vita Flex, reflexology, and hand movements in the application of essential oils which are applied heavily on various areas of the body.
Reflexology-a system of manipulating specific areas of the foot or sometimes the hand in order to promote healing, relieve stress, etc., in other parts of the body.
Reiki-a type of ancient healing involving gentle massage therapy and deep relaxation while channeling Universal energy.
Rolfing|Structural Integration-a type of massage therapy involving sometimes intensive manipulation of the fascia of the muscles and internal organs to relieve physical and emotional tension, improve posture, increase vitality, etc.
Shiatsu-a Japanese massage technique that includes the use of acupressure.
Spiritual Healing- using natural healing energy to treat the whole person – mind, body and spirit.
Tai Chi|Qi Gong- a Chinese martial art and form of stylized, meditative exercise, characterized by methodically slow circular and stretching movements and positions of bodily balance.
Therapeutic Touch-is a noninvasive method of healing derived from an ancient laying-on of hands technique. In TT, the practitioner alters the patient’s energy field through a transfer of energy from the hands of the practitioner to the patient.
Trager Approach-a mind-body approach to movement education. It is a system of gentle, rhythmic movement and touch aimed at facilitating deep relaxation, increased physical mobility, and promoting the body’s optimal performance.
Vitamins|Supplements-any of a group of organic substances essential in small quantities to normal metabolism, found in minute amounts in natural foodstuffs or sometimes produced synthetically; deficiencies of vitamins produce specific disorders.
Water Purification-the process of removing undesirable chemical and biological contaminants from raw water
Yoga-a school of Hindu philosophy advocating and prescribing a course of physical and mental disciplines for attaining liberation from the material world and union of the self with the Supreme Being or ultimate principle.; any of the methods or disciplines prescribed, esp. a series of postures and breathing exercises practiced to achieve control of the body and mind, tranquility, etc.