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A Glossary of Treatments

The following therapies now are covered by some health plans:

ACUPUNCTURE
Practiced by acupuncturists and some doctors. Acupressurists massage ''reflex points'' to ease pain.

BIOFEEDBACK
Certified therapists use relaxation and visualization to help patients lower stress levels, reduce blood pressure, and alleviate headaches.

CHIROPRACTIC
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.

HOMEOPATHY
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.

NATUROPATHY
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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