Alternative and Complementary Approaches to Migraine and Cluster Headaches Glossary of Terms

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Acupressure: A traditional Chinese medicine bodywork technique based on the principles of ...

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Acupuncture: The practice of inserting needles into the body to reduce pain or induce anes...

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Acupuncturist: A person skilled in the practice of acupuncture, who may or may not be cred...

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Aura: A sensation perceived by a patient that precedes a condition affecting the brain. An...

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Bodywork: Any of a number of therapeutic or simply relaxing practices that involve the man...

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Cervical: Having to do with any kind of neck, including the neck on which the head is perc...

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Chinese medicine: See: Traditional Chinese medicine.

Chiropractic: A system of diagnosis and treatment based on the concept that the nervous sy...

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Chronic: In medicine, lasting a long time. A chronic condition is one that lasts 3 months ...

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Chronic pain: Pain (an unpleasant sense of discomfort) that persists or progresses over ...

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Cluster: In epidemiology, an aggregation of cases of a disease or another health-related c...

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Complementary medicine: A group of diagnostic and therapeutic disciplines that are used to...

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Complication: In medicine, an unanticipated problem that arises following, and is a result...

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Congestion: An abnormal or excessive accumulation of a body fluid. The term is used broadl...

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Diagnosis: 1 The nature of a disease; the identification of an illness. 2 A ...

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Dizziness: Painless head discomfort with many possible causes including disturbances of ...

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Ear: The hearing organ. There are three sections of the ear, according to the anatomy tex...

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Essential: In medicine, of unknown cause, as in essential hypertension (high blood pressur...

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First do no harm: Slogan used in medicine often in the Latin wording "primum non nocere,"...

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Headache: A pain in the head with the pain being above the eyes or the ears, behind the he...

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Hippocrates: (c.460-377BC) Great Greek physician on the Mediterranean island of Cos, who f...

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Homeopathic: Pertaining to homeopathy.

Homeopathy: Founded in the 19th century, a practice that is based on the concept that dise...

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Meditation: A typically self-directed practice for relaxing the body and calming the mind....

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Migraine: Usually, periodic attacks of headaches on one or both sides of the head. These ...

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Muscle: Muscle is the tissue of the body which primarily functions as a source of power. T...

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Nasal: Having to do with the nose.

Nausea: Stomach queasiness, the urge to vomit. Nausea can be brought on by many causes, in...

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Neck: The part of the body joining the head to the shoulders. Also, any narrow or constric...

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Neurologist: A physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of th...

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Neurology: The medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders o...

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Nose: The external midline projection from the face. The purpose of the nose is to warm, c...

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Osteopathy: A system of therapy founded in the 19th century that is based on the concept t...

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Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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Photophobia: Painful oversensitivity to light. For example, photophobia is often seen in m...

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Primary care: A patient's main source for regular medical care, ideally providing continui...

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Remedy: Something that consistently helps treat or cure a disease.

Runny nose: The production of extra mucus by the nose. Rhinorrhea is the medical term for ...

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Shin: 1. The tibia, the larger of the two bones in the lower leg.
2. T...

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Spine: 1) The column of bone known as the vertebral column, which surrounds and protects ...

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Stroke: The sudden death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen, caused by blockage of blood...

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Substance: 1. Material with particular features.
2. The material that...

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Surgeon: A physician who treats disease, injury, or deformity via operative or manual meth...

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Surgery: The branch of medicine that employs operations in the treatment of disease or inj...

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Therapy: The treatment of disease. Therapy is synonymous with treatment.

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Throat: The throat is the anterior (front) portion of the neck beginning at the back of th...

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Traditional Chinese medicine: The current name for an ancient system of health care from C...

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Tunnel vision: Loss of peripheral vision with retention of central vision, resulting in a ...

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Ultrasound: High-frequency sound waves. Ultra-sound waves can be bounced off tissues by us...

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Venom: A poison, particularly one secreted by an animal. Examples are bee venom, snake ven...

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Vitamins: The word "vitamin" was coined in 1911 by the Warsaw-born biochemist Casimir Funk...

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