Glossary: Integrative Medicine & Nutrition
Herbs that enhance the capacity for sexual arousal. Common aphrodisiac herbs include Chocolate (Theobroma cacao L.), Cordyceps (Cordyceps spp.), Damiana (Turnera diffusa Willd. ex Schult.), Maca (Lepidium meyenii Walp.) and Yohimbe (Pausinystalia johimbe (K.Schum.) Pierre ex Beille).
APOE (apolipoprotein E)
There are three types of the APOE gene, called alleles: APOE2, E3 and E4. The allele 4 increases risk of developing Alzheimer's dementia and heart disease. A simple salivary test can identify the gene status and nutritional, herbal and exercise interventions can be used to reduce risk.
Attributional Theory (of Learned Helplessness)
A theory that helplessness cannot be caused simply by being exposed to an uncontrollable event; rather, learned helplessness results from the expectation of uncontrollability of future outcomes.
A symptom of PTSD characterized by extreme arousal of the autonomic nervous system, with symptoms including increased heart and respiratory rates, heart palpitations, flashbacks, and hypervigilance.
Autonomic Nervous System
Part of the peripheral nervous system that controls the basic regulatory systems of hunger, thirst, sex, temperature, heart rate, urination, and blood pressure.
A traditional Indian medicine modality, also considered a complementary and alternative medicine modality, with an emphasis on the balance of the body, mind, and soul through diet and lifestyle.
Vegetarian diets based on the ancient Indian system of medicine known as Ayurveda. Diets are determined according to one’s “dosha,” or pre-dominant constitution, of which there are three: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, corresponding to the elements of air, fire, and water/earth. Specific diets bring balance to these constitutional types.
Endorphins secreted by the pituitary gland that reduce pain.
The study of how electromagnetic fields interact with and influence biological entities.
A mechanism and a method for training a person to influence physiological responses that are not under voluntary control or that are ordinarily regulated but for which regulation has broken down due to trauma or disease.
A field surrounding and interpenetrating the physical body.
Having two phases.
The integration of bodywork with psychotherapy and recognition of the continuity and the deep connections that all psycho-corporal processes contribute, in equal fashion, to the organization of the whole person.
A network of nerves lying mostly in the armpit and supplying nerves tothe chest, shoulder, and arm.
A plant of a genus that includes cabbage, turnip, brussels sprout, and mustard