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wheel or disk. In yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, this term   by reducing calcium deposits in the arteries and blood
        refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. There are   vessels. Typically administered in an osteopathic or medical
        seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from   doctor’s office.
        the base of the spine through to the crown of the head.
        First Chakra: The Muladhara is the chakra of stability,   Chemical: A chemical substance can be a substance that
        security, and our basic needs. It encompasses the first three   can be obtained from a plant or a plant material, an alga, a
        vertebrae, the bladder, and the colon. When this chakra   bacterium, a fungus or a non-human animal material; or a
        is open, we feel safe and fearless; Second Chakra: The   substance that can be synthesized; or a substance that can
        Svadhisthana chakra is our creativity and sexual center. It   be obtained from the non-organism part of the environment
        is located above the pubic bone, below the navel, and is   (for example by mining).
        responsible for our creative expression; Third Chakra: The
        Manipura chakra means lustrous gem and it’s the area from   Chi Nei Tsang (CNT): A healing touch modality of
        the navel to the breastbone. The third chakra is our source   Chinese Taoist origin.  Soft touch and gentle massage
        of personal power; Fourth Chakra: Located at the heart   on the abdomen stimulates the organs to work better and
        center, the fourth chakra, Anahata is at the middle of the   creates beneficial change in all the systems of the body: the
        seven and unites the lower chakras of matter and the upper   digestive, lymphatic, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous,
        chakras of spirit. The fourth is also spiritual but serves as   endocrine, reproductive, urinary, muscular-skeletal, and the
        a bridge between our body, mind, emotions, and spirit.   acupuncture meridian system that is the pathway for ‘chi’
        The heart chakra is our source of love and connection;   or energy. A Chi Nei Tsang treatment releases deep-seated
        Fifth Chakra: The Vishuddha chakra is the fifth chakra,   tensions and restores vitality.   The modality’s holistic
        located in the area of the throat. This is our source of verbal   approach integrates the physical, mental, spiritual and
        expression and the ability to speak our highest truth. The   emotional aspects of our being.
        fifth chakra includes the neck, thyroid, and parathyroid   Chi-kung: See Qi gong.
        glands, jaw, mouth, and tongue; Sixth Chakra: The Ajna
        chakra is located in between the eyebrows. It is also   Chinese acupressure theory: in traditional Chinese
        referred to as the “third eye” chakra. Ajna is our center of   medicine, it is believed that there are points found all over
        intuition. We all have a sense of intuition but we may not   the body and on channels called meridians (which connect
        listen to it or heed its warnings. Focus on opening the sixth   corresponding body parts and organs). Stimulating these
        chakra will help you hone this ability; and Seventh Chakra:   points is thought to have numerous health benefits to the
        The Sahaswara chakra or the “thousand petal lotus” chakra   whole body, as a treatment and as a preventative measure.
        is located at the crown of the head. This is the chakra of
        enlightenment and spiritual connection to our higher selves,   Chinese food therapy: Chinese food therapy is a mode
        others, and ultimately, to the divine. It is located at the   of dieting rooted in Chinese understandings of the effects
        crown of the head. See Kundalini.                      of food on the human organism, and centred on concepts
                                                               such as eating in moderation. Its basic precepts are a mix
        Chelates (chelation): A chelator is an organic chemical   of folk views and concepts drawn from traditional Chinese
        that bonds with and removes free metal ions from solutions.  medicine. It was the prescientific analog of modern medical
        Chelating agents are sometimes used to treat people    nutrition therapy and now qualifies as alternative medicine.
        suffering from metal poisoning. Chelators are used in
        producing nutritional supplements, fertilizers, chemical   Chinese massage: See Amma therapy.
        analysis, as water softeners, commercial products such as
        shampoos and food preservatives, medicine, heavy metal   Chinese medicine: a complex medical system that
        detox, and industrial applications.                    describes the physiology, pathology, diagnosis, and
                                                               treatment of the human body in intricate and mutually
        Chelation therapy (EDTA): Is a term derived from the   related, energetic terms.
        Greek chele, which means to claw or pick up.  The solution
        contains EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid), which   Chinese meridian theory: the belief that there are
        carries out heavy metals like lead, cadmium, and arsenic, as   fundamental substances (Qi, blood, and other body fluids)
        well as other foreign substances, many of which enter our   that form a large web (containing pathways and trigger/
        bodies in our food, in the air, and in our water.  Chelation   meridian points) linking together several areas on our body.
        is the process of surrounding or enclosing a mineral atom   Chiropractic manipulation: A form of health care that
        with a larger protein molecule.  The purpose is to increase   focuses on the relationship between the body’s structure,
        the flow of blood to the vital organs and tissues of the body   primarily the spine, and its function.

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