1. What is Yoga Therapy? A: Practice of medicine aimed at achieving unity between body, mind, and spirit, and healing by enhancing psychoneuroimmunological continuity via correct life, posture, breathing, eating, drinking, and rest.
2. How is it different from a yoga class? A: YT is highly individualized, focused, concentrated, and targeted to specific persons for the complementary treatment of their medical conditions.
3. What is medical hypnosis? A: The use of graded suggestions to enable a patient to reach a more relaxed and spontaneously focused state of mind in order to facilitate healing.
4. What are the risks of medical hypnosis? A: Potentially symptom substitution, i.e., substitution of a new symptom for an old symptom, contacting buried and possibly painful emotions which may result in an abreaction of emotion, and of depersonalization resulting from melting of ego boundaries. There is also a chance that a person will not “wake up” from trance.
5. How are those risks handled if they arise? A: Symptom substitution is avoided by using general suggestions that it will not occur and how it will not occur, abreaction by reassurance and helping the patient to “shelf” the problem to be dealt with later in psychotherapy, depersonalization by helping the patient through suggestion to return to the here and now, and for a patient who does not “wake up,” by supporting the person to gently complete or stabilize unfinished issues in trance, and to when completely ready, comfortably return to the normal waking state.
6. Is hypnosis used in yoga therapy? A: No, for the most part yoga therapy and hypnosis are kept separate. However, very mild quasi-hypnotic suggestions are typically used by most yoga teachers to encourage relaxation in postures especially in the deep relaxation pose used at the end of a therapy or personal practice session.
7. Is acupuncture also hypnosis? A: No, although patients receiving acupuncture will frequently enter deep states of relaxation which are “hypnoidal” in nature without the use of formal hypnotic suggestions. However, acupuncture may serve anyway as an “alternative induction system” for achieving self-hypnosis.
8. What are the risks of acupuncture? A: There is always a risk of infection when the skin is punctured, but this is minimized by using extra-fine, disposable, and sterile stainless steel needles. Lightheadedness after treatment is minimized by allowing at least two minutes to pass before getting up following an acupuncture treatment.
9. Can acupuncture and hypnosis be combined? A: Yes, the combined technique is called “hypno-acupuncture” and is often synergistically effective.
10. What is classical homeopathy? A: It is the extremely individualized prescribing of usually infinitesimally small doses of various substances from the natural world, including those of plant, animal, mineral, and electromagnetic origins according to a “law of similars,” namely “like cures like,” or that substances which in their native states will cause certain symptoms, in their highly diluted and “potentized” homeopathic remedy forms, can trigger the elimination of those symptoms in a person who is unwell.
11. What is homeopathy supposed to do? A: It aims to eliminate diseases by prodding the mind-body-system to react “in a similar direction to the medicine,” which can trigger a self-healing cascade culminating in the disappearance of many medical symptoms and their complexes, sometimes extremely rapidly, and sometimes very long lasting. Homeopaths often speak of “cures.”
12. Can homeopathic remedies be taken along with conventional allopathic medications? A: Ideally, according to the homeopathic “law of cure,” only one medicine is taken at a time. Also, allopathic medicines (using medicine that naturally produces effects opposite to those of the symptom or syndrome or disease) are, according to the law of cure, suppressive, as opposed to homeopathic medicines which allow symptoms to emerge and progress in order to excite homeostatic and healing responses. Nevertheless, homeopathic medicines may be taken along with allopathic medicines, and often are, according to special rules of prescribing.
13. What is “barefoot qiatsu massage?” A: BQM employs gentle pressure along the acupuncture meridians with the operator’s hands and sometimes also stocking feet. The session is conducted with the patient fully clothed with loose fitting garments of natural material, most preferably cotton, and with both long sleeves and pants, and without elastic constrictions if possible. The treatment is conducted on floor mats.
And what about therapeutic ultrasound? A: TU is a modern medical technique using advanced electronic machinery to direct ultrasound waves into specific areas of the body, creating a kind of deep and rapid “internal massage” of muscles and tissues for therapeutic gain.