Kinesiology  Kinesiology What is it? According to AK theory, the body has its own ‘knowledge’ of imbalance which is reflected in muscle dysfunction. The body functions as a whole because of a network of energy ‘circuits’, which are similar to the meridians in acupuncture and also incorporate the nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems. Body imbalance interrupts the circuit to a Read More


Manipulation Manipulation What is it? The term ‘manipulation’ comes from the Latin manipulare, meaning ‘to handle’. It covers a range of techniques that use the hands to realign the structural system of the body, relax muscles and improve circulation. The most common forms of manipulation practised in complementary medicine are osteopathy and chiropractic. Physiotherapists also use manipulation techniques. History and Read More


Massage Massage What is it? Massage involves using the hands to perform movements on the skin to promote relaxation, healing and wellbeing. The main techniques of Western massage involve stroking, kneading, rubbing or pressing on the body. Aromatherapy massage uses essential oils, derived from the flowers, leaves, stalks and roots of certain plants and trees. Oriental massage techniques often use Read More

Nutritional Therapy

Nutritional Therapy  Nutritional Therapy What is it? Many complementary medicine approaches involve advice on diet, but in recent years nutrition has developed into a therapy in its own right. By analysing a person’s diet and tailoring it to their individual needs – rectifying any vitamin, mineral and other nutrient imbalances – nutritional therapists seek to alleviate and treat common diseases and Read More


Reflexology Reflexology History Reflexology dates back to ancient Egypt, Greece and China and was also used by Native Americans. US doctor William H Fitzgerald pioneered modern reflexology by developing a system of zone therapy in the early 1900s. He claimed that applying pressure to reflex points for each zone could influence the function of organs, glands, bones and muscles within Read More


Schizandra Schizandra Schisandra chinensis Source: fruit. Actions: tonic, adaptogenic (restores the body’s ability to heal itself), liver protector. Therapeutic uses: liver problems such as hepatitis, stress, anxiety, insomnia, allergic skin conditions such as hives, recovery after surgery, aids athletic endurance, improves sexual function. Typical preparation: berries can be chewed or made into infusion, tincture, decoction or capsules. Contraindications: occasionally causes Read More

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