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We’re here to help you explore your health and well-being options. Browse our list of therapies to learn more about different methods of support.

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of complementary medicine and a key component of traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is a 5,000 year-old Chinese therapy and is based on the theory that dysfunction or illness is a result of barriers in the network of meridian pathways that extend throughout the body. These obstructions cause disparities in the flow of vital Qi energy.

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Allopathic Medicine

Allopathy is a biologically based approach to healing. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines Allopathic medicine as “a system of medical practice that aims to combat disease by use of remedies (as drugs or surgery) producing effects different from or incompatible with those produced by the disease being treated.”

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Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being.

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Art Therapy

According to the American Art Therapy Association, “Art therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.”

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Autogenic Training

Based on decades of research, Autogenic Training is a scientifically recognized relaxation method. It was developed by the German psychiatrist Johannes Heinrich Schultz and first published in 1932. Through the power of thoughts, by using simple mental exercises, Autogenic Training allows to reach the subconscious and influence organ functions, such as heart rate or breathing. Autogenic Training can bring the body into a deep state of relaxation, strengthening the immune system and preventing certain physical and emotional issues caused by stress.

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Ayurveda Medicine

Ayurvedic medicine (also called Ayurveda) is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. It originated in India more than 3,000 years ago and remains one of the country’s traditional health care systems. It’s concepts about health and disease promote the use of herbal compounds, special diets, and other unique health practices.

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Bach Flower Remedies

Dr. Edward Bach (1886-1936), the discoverer of Bach Flower remedies, believed, as many doctors do today, that all physical illness is caused by long-term emotional imbalance: “Behind all disease lie our fears, our anxieties, our greed, our likes and dislikes.” (source: The Essential Writing of Dr. Edward Bach).

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Caregivers

Medical marijuana Caregivers provide patients with medical cannabis and other cannabis products.

Caregivers are experts in assisting patients in selecting the correct strains, doses, and products for their specific medical needs.

Some Common conditions often treated with medical cannabis include cancer, glaucoma, PTSD, pain management, nausea, seizures and muscle spasms.

For more information on the role of Caregivers visit the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine at http://mmcm-online.org/index.php or send a message to one of the caregivers in our directory.

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Chiropractor

Chiropractic is a form of complementary medicine that focuses on diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine, under the belief that these disorders affect general health via the nervous system.

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Counselor

Counseling psychology is a field contained within applied psychology that utilizes not only psychology principles, but incorporates the behavioral sciences, human resources techniques, clinical, and school psychology as well.

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Diet & Nutrition

It is easy to confuse the terms dietitian and nutritionist. In most countries, the title nutritionist is not subject to professional regulation. Any person may call themselves a nutrition expert, whereas the title of dietitian can be used only by those who have met specific professional requirements.

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Energy Medicine

Energy Medicine is a word coined by three researchers who gathered in Boulder, Colorado in the late 1980s. This is defined as any energetic or informational interaction with a biological system to bring back homeostasis in the organism.

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Feldenkrais Method

The Feldenkrais Method is an educational system that uses movement to teach self-awareness and improve function. The Feldenkrais Method was developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984). According to the Feldenkrais Institute, “The method is based on sound principles of physics, neurology and physiology, and the conditions under which the nervous system learns best. 

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Functional Medicine

According to the Institute for Functional Medicine, “Functional Medicine is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness.”

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Health Coach / Wellness Coach

A health / wellness coach is a coach, with skills similar to a life coach, who specializes in helping people make the kinds of changes to their lives that promote wellness. The work a health / wellness coach and client do together typically revolves around helping the client develop excellent self-care skills.

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Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine or Phytotherapy is the study of the use of extracts of natural origin as medicines or health-promoting agents. Herbal medicines differ from plant-derived medicines in standard pharmacology. Where standard pharmacology isolates an active compound from a given plant, phytotherapy aims to preserve the complexity of substances from a given plant with relatively less processing.

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Homeopathy

Homeopathy, also known as homeopathic medicine, is an alternative medical system that was developed in Germany more than 200 years ago. Homeopathic remedies are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy uses guided relaxation with a trained therapist to achieve a heightened level of focus and concentration to address specific issues or habits. Hypnosis is often considered an aid to counseling or therapy because the hypnotic state allows people to explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories they might have hidden from their conscious minds.

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Integrative Medicine

According to the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, “Integrative Medicine (IM) is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies.”

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Life Coaching

A life coach is an accredited professional who helps a client to make productive life changes with the aim of attaining goals. This is generally accomplished by knowing the important questions to ask to catalyze progress in life. A successful life coach will become a motivator, strategist, and accountability partner.

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Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. Massage therapy encompasses many different techniques. In general, therapists press, rub, and otherwise manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body.

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Meditation

Meditation is a practice where an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or promote relaxation and reduce stress.

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness is defined as paying attention to the here and now with a kind and curious mind. Being mindful entails being present in your body, environment, and emotions without judgement. Research shows that mindfulness-based interventions improve self-control, emotional regulation, impulse control, resilience, and compassion for self and others.

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Natural Skin Care

Plant extracts and herbs have been used by many cultures as cosmetics and perfumes since ancient times. Recent clinical and laboratory studies have identified activities in many natural ingredients that have many beneficial activities for the skin. Skin is your body’s largest organ and your protective barrier and therefore it is extremely important to be aware of what you are exposing it to.

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Naturopath / Naturopathic Doctor

Naturopathic Medicine is a medical system that has evolved from a combination of traditional practices and health care approaches popular in Europe during the 19th century. People visit naturopathic practitioners for various health-related purposes, including primary care, overall well-being, and treatment of illnesses.

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Osteopath / Osteopathic Doctor

Osteopathic medicine provides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury. It also offers the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment.  It is a system of medical care that promotes the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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Physical Fitness / Personal Trainer

Physical activity is defined as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that results in energy expenditure. The energy expenditure can be measured in kilocalories. Physical activity in daily life can be categorized into occupational, sports, conditioning, household, or other activities. Exercise is a subset of physical activity that is planned, structured, and repetitive and has as a final or an intermediate objective of improvement or maintenance of physical fitness.

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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is the preservation, enhancement, or restoration of movement and physical function impaired or threatened by disease, injury, or disability that utilizes therapeutic exercise, physical modalities (such as massage and electrotherapy), assistive devices, and patient education and training.

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Polarity Therapy

Energy fields and currents exist everywhere in nature. Polarity Therapy asserts that the flow and balance of energy in the human body is the foundation of good health. In the Polarity model, health is experienced when: Energy systems function in their natural state, and Energy flows smoothly without significant blockage or fixation. When energy is unbalanced, blocked or fixed due to stress or other factors, pain and disease arise.

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Psychology

Psychologists are trained professionals that have a doctorate level degree who conduct research, perform testing, and evaluate and treat a full range of emotional and psychological issues. Psychologists utilize either individual sessions or group therapy and can work with patients of any age. Some of the more common types of issues addressed are depression, anxiety, substance abuse, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, cognitive deficiencies, head injuries, and stroke symptoms.

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Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy which is sometimes referred to as talk therapy is a variety of treatment techniques that aim to help a person identify and change troubling emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Most psychotherapy takes place with a licensed and trained mental health care professional and a patient meeting one on one or with other patients in a group setting.

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Qi Gong

Qigong, qigong, chi kung, or chi gung (simplified Chinese: 气功; traditional Chinese: 氣功; pinyin: qìgōng; Wade–Giles: chi gong; literally: “Life Energy Cultivation”) is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for health, spirituality, and martial arts training.

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Reflexology

Reflexology is a complementary medicine involving application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that purportedly reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.

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Reiki

Reiki is a form of complementary medicine developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui. Since its beginning in Japan, Reiki has been adapted across varying cultural traditions. It uses a technique commonly called palm healing or hands-on-healing in which practitioners place their hands lightly on or just above a person, with the goal of facilitating the person’s own healing response.

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Shamanism

According to the Society for Shamanic Practice, “Shamanism is the world’s oldest spiritual practice, utilizing a set of practical techniques that have helped human beings to survive in all continents of the world since Paleolithic times despite having no contact with one another.

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Structural Integration

Structural Integration is a type of bodywork that focuses on the connective tissue, or fascia, of the body. Fascia surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, organs, and nerves, binding some structures together while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other.

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Tai Chi

Often shortened to t’ai chi (pinyin: tàijí), taiji or tai chi in English usage, t’ai chi ch’uan or tàijíquán is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits.

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Tapping/EFT

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique and is also known as “Tapping”.  EFT is a form of counseling intervention, founded by Gary Craig in the 1990’s, that draws on various theories of complementary medicine including acupuncture, neuro-linguistic programming, energy medicine, and Thought Field Therapy (TFT).

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Thermal Imaging

Thermal Imaging or “Thermography” is an FDA approved non-invasive health screening tool (a high-definition infrared camera) that creates a digital picture of your body and temperature patterns – these patterns may show abnormalities.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine

Eastern Medicine or Traditional Chinese Medicine is a system of health care that has been constantly evolving over the last 5,000 years. This health care system is a unique, holistic way of approaching health care, that incorporates the universal concepts contained in the spiritual concepts of Daoism.

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Yoga

Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline which originated in India. There is a broad variety of schools, practices, and goals, in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga.

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