therap-, -therapeutic[s], -therapeutically, -therapy, -therapies, -therapist

(Greek: heal, cure; treatment; service done to the sick, [a waiting on])

aromatherapy (s), aromatherapies (pl) noun forms
1. The use of natural oils that have a pleasant smell to make a person feel better; especially, by rubbing the oils into the skin.
2. A term used for treatment of illness and maintenance of general physical health using essential oils distilled from such plants as camomile, camphor, peppermint, rosemary, lavender, and eucalyptus.

Such treatments were known in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and other civilizations, while early Arabian physicians developed the distillation of aromatic oils through experiments in alchemy.

The term aromatherapy derives from the writings of the French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, whose book Aromatherpie was published in 1928. Aromatherapy is more than simply a department of herbalism, since it postulates subtle energies of aromatic plants related to life force, which can be correlated with ancient Chinese concepts of Yin and Yang.

Treatment of disease with arsenic.
atmotherapy (s) (noun), atmotherapies (pl)
Therapeutic use of medicated vapors: Dr. Thompson told Mrs. Smith that atmotherapy, using steam or vapor, would be good to reduce her respiratory rate.
Treatment of disease by the administration of gold salts; also, chrysotherapy.
autogenic training, autogenic therapy
1. A method of relieving stress by using meditation and other mental exercises to produce physical relaxation.
2. A relaxation technique utilizing self-suggestion, and meditation.

Autogenic Therapy is a research based relaxation technique that promotes self empowerment and peace of mind.

"Autogenic" means generated from within and once learned, Autogenic Therapy becomes a skill for life which can help to reduce stress and increase well being.

—As stated by the British Autogenic Society.

Autogenic Training (AT) is a relaxation technique, a psycho-physiologically-based form of autonomic self-regulation, and a self-help resource for health.

It is a method of inducing the relaxation response which is opposite to the stress response, bringing about a healthy balance between the sympathetic (fight or flight) and the parasympathetic (rest renewal and repair) activities of the body's autonomic nervous system.

—As stated by Dr. A. Bowden. M.B., Ch.B, D.C.H, MFHom. Lead Clinician Autogenic Training The Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital.

Autogenic training, devised in the early 1900s by German psychiatrist and neurologist, J. H. Schultz, first published in 1932, is a way of using suggestive words or phrases; such as, "I feel calm" or "I feel heavy" to passively encourage your body to relax.

Dr. Schultz' method, known as autogenous training, teaches a people to create a feeling of warmth and heaviness throughout their bodies; thereby experiencing a profound state of physical relaxation, bodily health, and mental peace.

Once you become proficient at it, you can use autogenics to overcome addictions (such as smoking or gambling), change unwanted behaviors (such as nail biting), and resolve anxieties (such as fear of flying).

In fact, you can use autogenics to help overcome just about any psychological or physiological problem; and the results will vary (a) according to the severity of the problem and (b) according to your own discipline and confidence.

—Based on information from
A Guide to Psychology and its Practice, "Augogenic Training".
Treatment of disease with the patient's own blood, withdrawn by venipuncture and then injected intramuscularly.
autopsychotherapy (s) (noun), autopsychotherapies (pl)
Self-analysis; the exploration of one's own thoughts and feelings as a way to gain insight into the origins and significance of one's behavior or symptoms.
The treatment of certain conditions, such as dermatoses, by injection of the patient’s own blood serum; also autotherapy.
autotherapy, autotherapist
1. The spontaneous cure of a disease; self cure.
2. The treatment of a disease with filtrates from a patient’s secretions.
3. Treatment of one’s own infirmity (illness).
autovaccinotherapy (s), autovaccinotherapies (pl) (nouns)
The therapeutic use of autovaccines; autovaccination.
The cure, or treatment, of disease or diseased patients with certain species of bacilli or special cultured bacilli.
Treatment of disease by introducing bacteria into the system.
balneotherapy, balneotherapeutic
1. Medical treatment of a disease with baths or medicinal springs.
2. Immersion of part or all of the body in a mineral water bath as a form of therapy.
3. The treatment of diseases, injuries, and other physical ailments with baths and bathing; especially, in natural mineral waters.

Balneotherapy involves the treatment of diseases by bathing. It may involve hot or cold water, massage via moving water, relaxation or stimulation. Many mineral waters at spas are rich in particular minerals (silica, sulfur, selenium, radium) which can be absorbed via the skin.

The term balneotherapy has gradually come to be applied to everything relating to health-spa treatment, including the drinking of waters and the use of hot baths and natural vapor baths, as well as of the various kinds of mud and sand used for hot applications.

bibliotherapist (s) (noun), bibliotherapists (pl)
1. One who uses books as a means of treating certain kinds of illnesses.
2. A medic who utilizes reading as part of his/her treatment.
bibliotherapy (s) (noun), bibliotherapies (pl)
A nonphysical, psychological technique in which the patient is induced to read books which is used in treating mental illness: "The reading matter recommended must be selected individually for the specific patient, depending on the goals of bibliotherapy, the intellectual capacities of the patient, and his/her stage of achievement in bibliotherapy."

"The use of reading material in bibliotherapy is also utilized for nervous diseases."

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