Glossary: Integrative Medicine & Nutrition
An empty space or a missing part; a gap.
Laying on of Hands
The act of laying hands on a person’s body for healing or a spiritual blessing, seen in various traditions around the world.
Leaky Gut Syndrome
Impairment of or damage to the intestinal barrier that allows toxins to enter the bloodstream. Symptoms may include gas, bloating, food sensitivities and allergies, cramps, aches, and pains.
A nutritional supplement form of lithium, an important mineral for mental health. Lithium lengthens circadian rhythm, having a beneficial effect on mood. It is neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory, increases hippocampal volume, increases brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), and reduces the risk of the development of Alzheimer’s in bipolar patients when taken regularly. Not to be confused with lithium carbonate used in the treatment of bipolar disorder.
A presumed capacity to perceive the truth directly and instantaneously, often used as in lucid dreaming, where the dreamer becomes aware he or she is dreaming.