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Acupressure and acupuncture on laboring women

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Article reads: A new review shows that acupressure and acupuncture may have a role in reducing pain, increasing satisfaction with pain management and reduced use of pharmacological management in laboring women.

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Explaining and translating acupuncture away

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Article reads: While many practices in alternative medicine are slowly but surely making their way into the mainstream, acupuncture is one that still produces skeptical eyebrow raises. This phenomenon is partly due to linguistics. Scientists have worked to elucidate the mechanisms by which yoga, meditation, and various dietary interventions may work on the cells of the body, but there is something fundamentally more ancient-feeling about the language of acupuncture.

Scientism: fool`s gold

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Article reads: Although science is not an enemy of chiropractic, scientism most certainly is. Scientism limits all fields of human inquiry to contemporary technology. Again according to Wikipedia, “Scientism is the notion that natural science comprises the most authoritative worldview or form of human knowledge, and that it is superior to all other interpretations of life.”

Traditional Chinese medicine

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Article reads: Wong, who specialises in Chinese medical treatment of cancer or tumour, also has written more than 20 medical papers published locally and abroad.

Laughter releases endorphins and limits pain

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Article reads: Laughter is regularly promoted as a source of health and well being, but it has been hard to pin down exactly why laughing until it hurts feels so good.

Laughter and healing

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Article reads: Laughing is a serious business, according to researchers, who say it can help in conditions as diverse as diabetes and eczema, heart disease and asthma. It can boost the immune system and help fight infections, and laughter yoga – clapping and chanting ho ho ha ha ha – can be an effective therapy for depression.

Label most alternative medicines as untested

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Article reads: Australia’s therapeutics watchdog is considering the radical option of requiring alternative medicines to contain an ”untested” disclaimer on their labels.

Hypnosis

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http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/lifestyle/stress/heal-hypnosis-138

Article reads: Hypnosis is widely used to treat psychosomatic problems as a very effective therapy. Hypnotherapy has been proved to be very successful in cases of enhancing performance, willpower and confidence as well as treating depression and anxiety.

Consciousness the basis of structure

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Article reads: Therefore the assumption that structure is the basis of consciousness is not always true. It can be the other way round. When it is understood that the state of consciousness can lead to changes in structure, it opens a new way of understanding the basis of disease and health.

Chiropractic philosophy and vitalism

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Article reads: Implicit in chiropractic is a philosophy of vitalism, yet many chiropractors have been challenged by the theoretical constructs of the Palmers and Stephenson. Bound by the lexicon of the times in an era preceding the quantum revolution in theoretical physics, these pioneers sought to describe concepts that challenged the mechanistic world view of the allopaths.