of pus, usually caused by bacterial infection (or viral, pararitic,
fungal), in almost any body part (most common: face, armpit, extremities,
rectum, and female breast during lactation).
impulses toward a center, as when a sensory nerve carries a
message toward the brain; also said of certain veins and lymphatics.
term for a substance, usually an herb, that produces suitable
adjustments in the body. Adaptogens tend to normalize
body functions, and when the job is completed, they are
eliminated or incorporated into the body without side effects.
Some beneficial adaptogens include garlic, ginseng, echinacea,
ginkgo, goldenseal, and pau d'arco.
illness that comes on quickly and may cause relatively
severe symptoms, but is of limited duration.
On the pH scale, a base (opposite of an acid); any substance
that combines with hydrogen ions protons); a hydrogen ion
substance with properties that gradually restore proper
functioning of the body, increasing health and vitality.
to relieve pain, or a substance that relieves pain.
deficiency in the blood's ability to carry oxygen to the body
Acute sore throat.
circulator disorder characterized by a thickening and stiffening
of the walls of large and medium-sized arteries, which impedes
most common type of arteriosclerosis, caused by the accumulation
of fatty deposits in the inner linings of the arteries.
Process of listening for sound within the body, usually
to sounds of thoracic or abdominal viscera, in order to
detect some abnormal condition, or to detect fetal heart
part of the nervous that is concerned with control of
involuntary bodily functions. It is divided into
the sympathetic or thoracolumbar system and the parasympathetic
or craniosacral system. It regulates the function
of glands, smooth muscle tissue, and the heart.
condition in which the immune system reacts inappropriately
to the body's own tissues and attacks them, causing damage
and/or interfering with normal functioning. Examples
include Bright's disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis,
and systemic lupus erythematosus.
deficiency of thiamine (vitamin B1) causing neurologic,
mental, and cardiovascular problems.
that relax or open the air passages in the lungs.
Chemicals that relax or open air passages in the lungs.
Any of the minute blood vessels, averaging 0.008 mm. in
diameter, carrying blood and forming the capillary system.
Capillaries connect the ends of of the smallest arteries
(arterioles) with the beginnings of the smallest veins
to events that occur at approximately
twenty-four hour intervals, such as certain physiological phenomena.
immune complexes (CIC):
known as antigen-antibody complexes.
of the skin, usually associated with blisters, red bumps, swelling,
oozing, scaling, crusting, and itching. Eczema is often
Carrying away from a central organ or section, as efferent nerves,
which conduct impulses from the brain or spinal cord to the
periphery, efferent lymph vessels, and efferent arterioles.
(also known as fibromyositis):
group of common nonspecific illnesses characterized by pain,
tenderness, and stiffness of joints, capsules, and adjacent
deficiency of niacin.
chronic skin condition that is prone to reoccurences.
substance the body uses to make vitamin A.
abnormal heart rate or rhythm.
disorder that persists or recurs over an extended
period, often for life. Chronic illness can be as relatively
hay fever or as serious as multiple sclerosis.
molecule that works with an enzyme to enable the enzyme to perform
its function in the body. Coenzymes are necessary in the
utilization of vitamins and minerals.
abdominal pains that result from spasm or obstruction of certain
organs or structures, especially the intestines, uterus, or bile
from birth, but not necessarily inherited.
to increase urine flow, or a substance that promotes the excretion
of fluid in the tissues that results in swelling.
salts dissolved in the body's fluids. Electrolytes are the
form in which most minerals circulate in the body. They
are so named because the are capable of conducting electrical
to or prevalent in a particular geographic region. Often
used to describe diseases.
outer layer of the skin.
amounts of gas in the stomach or other parts of the digestive
atom or group of atoms that is highly chemically
reactive because it has at least one unpaired electron.
Because they join so readily with other compounds, free radicals
can attack cells and can cause a lot of damage in the body.
Free radicals form in heated fats and oils, and as a result of
exposure to atmospheric radiation and environmental pollutants,
among other things.
of the stomach lining.
or abnormal bleeding.
A brain lesion involving the upper motor neurons and resulting
in paralysis of the opposite side of the body. May result
from disturbed flow to a portion of the brain.
general term for inflammation of the liver. It can result
from infection or exposure to toxins.
electrically charged particle that can carry either a positive
charge or a negative charge. An ion consists of an atom
or group of atoms into which the molecules of an electrolyte are
circumscribed area of pathologically altered tissue; an injury
or wound; single infected patch in a skin disease.
alkaline fluid found in the lymphatic vessels. It is usually
a clear, transparent, colorless fluid; however, in vessels draining
the intestines it may appear milky owing to the presence of absorbed
system of medicine based on the belief that the body is a vital
mechanical organism whose structural and functional integrity
are coordinated and interdependent, and that disturbances in the
musculoskeletal system can therefore cause disorders elsewhere
in the body. Because of this philosophy, alhough osteopaths
can prescribe drugs and perform surgery, they are more likely
to recommend physical therapy or musculoskeletal manipulation
as the treatment of first choice.
disorder in which minerals leach out of the bones,
rendering them progressively more porous and fragile.
forecast as to the likely course and/or outcome of a
disorder or condition.
yang cannot function properly without yin, an
imbalance in the energy systems of the body can create a yang
deficiency, causing the yang organs to become stagnant.
organs are hollow, surface organs such as the
intestines, spleen, gallbladder, and the skin.
yin cannot function properly without yang, an imbalance in the
energy systems of the body can create a yin deficiency, causing
the yin organs to become stagnant.
organs are dense, internal organs such as the kidneys, lungs,
heart, liver, and bones.
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