A Glossary of Treatments
The following therapies now are covered by some health plans:
Practiced by acupuncturists and some doctors. Acupressurists massage ''reflex points'' to ease pain.
Certified therapists use relaxation and visualization to help patients lower stress levels, reduce blood pressure, and alleviate headaches.
Chiropractors adjust the spine and joints to treat pain and improve general health. One out of every three patients who sees a health-care provider for back problems uses a chiropractor.
Homeopaths use tiny, superdiluted doses of natural substances--quinine, poison ivy, and mercury are some examples--to treat disorders ranging from allergies and asthma to epilepsy. The goal is to stimulate the immune system.
Drawing from a variety of therapies, naturopaths try to help the body heal itself through nutrition counseling, herbal medicine, ultrasound therapy, and other methods.
DATA: BUSINESS WEEK
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