Unnaturalistic Methods: H

Jack Raso, M.S., R.D.
March 25, 2007

HaelanWork: “Complementary healing therapy” that purportedly blends centering prayer (see “divine therapy”), “healing dialogue,” Holotropic Breathwork, meditation, and Therapeutic Touch.
Hakomi (Hakomi body-centered psychotherapy, Hakomi Body-Mind Process, Hakomi Body-Oriented Psychotherapy, Hakomi Method, Hakomi Method of Body/Mind Therapy, Hakomi Therapy, Hakomi work): “Refinement” of Reichian Therapy developed by Ron Kurtz in the mid-1970s. The Hakomi Method supposedly uses the “mind/body connection” to elicit nonverbal “core beliefs.” It is based partly on bioenergetics, Buddhism, and Taoism. “Hakomi” is a Hopi word that means: “How do you stand in relation to these many realms?” (loosely, “Who are you?”).
Hakomi Integrative Somatics (formerly Hakomi Bodywork): Form of body-centered psychotherapy originated by Pat Ogden. It includes energy work (see “vibrational medicine”). Its theory posits “wisdom” of body, mind, and spirit.
hand-mediated energetic healing (HMEH, HMEH approaches, HMEH traditions, hand-mediated healing modalities): Group of “healing” methods characterized by the belief that the practitioner’s hands are agents of the transfer or interchange of something that feels like “energy.” HMEH encompasses acupressure, external qigong (Qigong therapy), Healing Touch, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Polarity (Polarity Therapy), reflexology, Reiki, shiatsu massage, Therapeutic Touch, and Touch for Health.
hand psychology: Form of scientific palmistry. Its postulate is that one’s hands reveal vast psychological information. Hand psychology features dermatoglyphics: the study of fine ridges on fingertips and palms.
hand reflexology: Form of reflexology whose focus is the hand. It is one of the two basic modes of zone therapy.
Harmonics: “Transformative” and “curative” mode of chanting developed and practiced by Tibetan monks. Proponents associate particular sounds with specific bodily “energy centers.”
Harner Method Shamanic Counseling (HMSC): Admixture of classic shamanism and the work of anthropologist and author Michael Harner, Ph.D., founder and director of The Foundation for Shamanic Studies, in Mill Valley, California. The purported thrust of HMSC is problem-solving by divination. Supposedly, practitioners (“ordinary reality HMSC counselors”) serve merely as facilitators, and sacred teachers in “nonordinary reality” are the “real” counselors.
hatha yoga (hatha, yoga): Method akin to kundalini yoga. It involves pranayama and the adoption of various bodily postures (asanas). The word “hatha” combines two Sanskrit words: ha, which means “the breath of the sun” (prana), and tha, “the breath of the moon” (apana).
Hawaiian bodywork: Mode of massage originally practiced only by kahunas (see “kahuna healing”). It purportedly releases “old patterns” at the cellular level.” Apparently, Hawaiian bodywork is a variation of, or identical to, lomi-lomi.
Hawaiian Temple Bodywork (lomi ha’a mauli ola): Variation of lomi-lomi that combines “prayerful” bodywork, music, the hula (a Polynesian dance), and breathing exercises for raising mana (the “life force”).
head reflex massage: Form of reflexology characterized by purported stimulation of “reflex points” on the head, for example, by pulling hair or by lightly “pounding” the entire head with fists.
Healing Heart Meditation: Alleged “Healing tool” that purportedly “re-connects” people with their “spiritual roots.” It includes “guided meditation.” Apparently, one of its principles is that people are unconditional love.
healing light kung fu (healing hands kung fu): Apparently, a combination of cosmic energy chi kung and Five Finger Kung Fu.
Healing Love (Healing Love meditation, Healing Love practices, Seminal and Ovarian Kung Fu, Taoist Sexology and Practice): A foundational component of the Healing Tao System. It is a mode of sexual intercourse that purportedly “cultivates,” conserves, and transforms “sexual energy” through the “Microcosmic Orbit,” an alleged major “energy channel.” For men, Healing Love involves the “power draw”: sex without ejaculation.
Healing Tao (Healing Tao Practices, Healing Tao System, Healing Tao Warm Current Meditation, international healing Tao system): System of “Body-Mind-Spirit discipline” promoted by the Healing Tao Co., in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is an alleged means of developing a “solid spiritual body.” Its purported ultimate goal is transcendence of physical boundaries. Healing Tao theory posits a soul and a spirit in “man.”
“Healing the Heart” workshop: Psychospiritual component of a “healing” program run by cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, M.D. In 1995, the program included meditation and a “visualization” involving patients’ requesting guidance from believable “spiritual powers.”
Healing the Skin from Within: “Complete skin care program” developed by dermatologist Michael R. Bilkis, M.D. It allegedly affects skin problems on three levels: body, mind, and spirit.
Healing Touch (HT): Variation of Therapeutic Touch and Non-Contact Therapeutic Touch whose purported design is to restore balance to the client’s “energy system.”
Healing Yoga: Technique developed by Kelly Piper. It includes “chakra opening” and visualization (see “creative visualization”).
Healtheology: One of the fields of study offered by the American Institute of Holistic Theology, a nonaccredited correspondence school in Youngstown, Ohio. The institute defines “Healtheology” as “a theological science of health, espousing the concept that health and theology have a common ground.” Healtheology encompasses acupressure, angelic healing, aromatherapy, Ayurveda, breathwork, color therapy, crystal healing, herbalism, home opathy, hypnosis, “music therapy,” polarity healing (polarity balancing), psychic healing, reflexology, shamanism, shiatsu, Therapeutic Prayer, transpersonal psychology, vibrational healing (vibrational medicine), and yoga. Its theory posits a soul with a threefold purpose: to experience, learn, and express itself. Practitioners are called “Healtheologists.”
Health Harmonics: “Technology” that purportedly enables determination of the sound frequency one needs for “balance” and “harmony” of body, mind, and spirit.
Health Kinesiology: Offshoot of applied kinesiology created by psychologist Dr. Jimmy Scott. Its theory posits the Five Elements (Five Phases), a “meridian system,” and “reflex points” for the Five Elements in the area of the navel. “Corrective treatments” may include crystals, gems, mag nets, and homeopathic “remedies.”
HealthWatchers Analysis: Purported test of urine and saliva for “the physical and emotional frequency” of an individual’s “Stress Pattern.” (See “HealthWatchers System.”)
HealthWatchers System: “Specialized application” of Biological Immunity Analysis to weight management. Its centerpiece is the HealthWatchers Analysis. HealthWatchers System®, a mail-order house in Scottsdale, Arizona, defines: (a) “Stress Pattern” as “the resistance created by People, Places, Circumstances and Events attracted to you because they are opposed to your Soul Pattern”; (b) “Soul Pattern” as “the pattern inherent in your Soul.the point-of-view from which you are able to see and express life when you are free from your Stress Pattern”; and (c) “Soul” as “the immortal, spiritual, moral or emotional nature of a human being.”
Heartwood massage: “Holistic” form of bodywork taught by the Heartwood Institute, in Garberville, California. It apparently encompasses breathwork, energy balancing, hypnotherapy, guided imagery, neo-Reichian massage, Polarity Energy Balancing, Swedish/Esalen massage, Swedish massage, and Zen Shiatsu.
Hellerwork: Combination of massage, “movement education,” and dialogue invented in 1978 by aerospace engineer Joseph Heller, th
e first president of the Rolf Institute (see “Rolfing”). It stems largely from Rolfing and Aston-Patterning. Its theory posits “masculine energy” and holds that the body is a “vehicle,” “hologram,” or channel for “life energy” through which “self-expression” can “radiate.”
Hemi-Sync®: “Brain-integrating” audiotape system developed by Robert A. Monroe (author of Journeys Out of the Body, Far Journeys, and Ultimate Journey) and promoted by The Monroe Institute, in Faber, Virginia. The institute claims that particular Hemi-Sync tapes can control pain, increase strength, lower blood pressure, reduce appetite, weaken addictive behavior, hasten recovery from illness or surgery, enhance recovery of speech and motor skills after a stroke, and control the metabolism of food by either maximizing or minimizing “the caloric value retained.”
Hemi-Sync DEC training exercise: Derivative of Hemi-Sync purportedly designed for healing oneself and sending “healing energy” to others. “DEC” stands for “Dolphin Energy Club.” The Hemi-Sync DEC training exercise uses the dolphin as a symbol of intelligent “universal energy.”
Hemi-Sync 2000: “Learning system” derived from Hemi-Sync. Its theory posits “subtle energy fields” that directly “effect” the “physical body.”
herbal crystallization analysis (HCA, HCA test, herbal identification, Herbal Tracer Test): Pseudodiagnostic method developed by Prof. George Benner, a “Master Herbologist” and the author of Herbal Crystals as Curative Patterns (1979). Reportedly, Benner’s primary inspiration was a method of botanical identification developed by occultist Rudolf Steiner in the 1920s (see “anthroposophical medicine”). Steiner’s method involved crystallizing the sap of botanical specimens with a solution of copper sulfate. The result was a crystalline fingerprint of the herb. Benner similarly processed saliva. He decided that the resultant salivary configurations correlated with the configurations of herbs useful, according to folklore, against the donors’ health problems. Allegedly, the number of specimens of a single herb that match a saliva specimen is a barometer of the donor’s need for that herb: the more matches, the greater the need.
herb cupping: Variation of the water cupping method wherein the practitioner puts into the water an herb that supposedly helps to improve blood circulation and expel “wind evil.”
High Touch: Part of BRETH. High Touch is a purported way of touching on an “energetic” or physical plane and an alleged means of “soul-to-soul contact.”
Hippocrates health program (Hippocrates program): Variation of Nature Cure developed by “wholistic health educator” Dr. Ann Wigmore (1904-1994), author of Be Your Own Doctor, The Healing Power Within, The Hippocrates Diet and Health Program, Hippocrates Live Food Program, Recipes for Longer Life, The Sprouting Book, The Wheatgrass Book, and Why Suffer?. Wigmore founded the Hippocrates Health Institute in 1957. The Hippocrates program encompasses brushing the skin, deep breathing, enemas, food combining, the Hippocrates Diet (see “Living Foods Lifestyle”), and exercises such as squatting. Its theory holds that “integration of body/mind/spirit” is central to health. In Belief: All There Is (1991), Brian R. Clement, codirector of the Hippocrates Health Institute, in West Palm Beach, Florida, asserts: “[B]elief can bring you anything that you desire” (p. 41). He further states that death is a “sham” (p. 67).
holistic dentistry (holistic general dentistry): Form of general dentistry that may include acupuncture, biofeedback, CranioSacral Therapy, and/or homeopathy.
holistic gynecology: Purported “natural” approach to women’s health. It includes “vitamin and herbal therapies” and visualization (see “creative visualization,” above).
holistic nursing (wholistic nursing): Form of nursing that exalts intuition and may include AMMA Therapy, biofeedback, guided imagery, Healing Touch, homeopathy, iridology, massage therapy, Oriental medicine (especially acupuncture), psychic healing, tai chi, and/or Therapeutic Touch. Its purported goal is integration of body, mind, and spirit.
Holistic Palpate Energy Therapy: Form of aura balancing.
holistic psychiatry: Form of “psychiatry” that may include biofeedback, bodywork, energy healing (see “vibrational medicine”), and homeopathy.
holistic psychotherapy: Approach to psychotherapy promoted by Russian-born Reiki practitioner Katya Salkinder, M.A. Apparently, it is a purported means of releasing “energy blocks” created by “unresolved emotional conflicts.”
holistic reiki: Variation of Reiki founded by interfaith ministers Marla and Bill Abraham.
Holoenergetic healing® (Holoenergetics®): Psychotherapeutic form of energy healing (see “vibrational medicine”) christened and advanced by Leonard Laskow, M.D., author of Healing with Love (Harper, 1992). The expression “Holoenergetic healing” means “healing with the energy of the whole.” The method’s premises include the following. (a) Separation is illusory. (b) Maintenance of this illusion requires “energy.” (c) Often, physical or mental ill ness or stress is symptomatic of such consumption of “energy.” (d) Releasing oneself from the illusion of separation liberates tremendous “energy.” (e) Healing is the gradual elimination of the illusion of separation.
Holoenergetics comprises four stages: (1) the recognition phase, wherein the patient purportedly identifies the source of his or her illness; (2) the resonance phase, wherein the patient allegedly comes to terms with the aforementioned source; (3) release, wherein the patient supposedly releases the “disharmonious energetic pattern” associated with the source; and (4) the reformation phase, wherein, according to Laskow, the patient replaces the “dysfunctional” pattern with an image symbolizing “the positive life-force intentthe energy that’s aligned with the natural order and harmony of the inherent healing process of the body.”
hologramic hypnotherapy: Method promoted by Donna Michel of New York City. It includes guided visualization (see “creative visualization” and “guided imagery”).
Holographic Repatterning: “Modality” developed by Chloe Wordsworth, M.A. Its theory holds that the “physical body” is a “frequency of energy” and that human “energy frequencies” become “constricted” in response to unmet “life needs.”
holographic replaning: “Technique” promoted by author Dina Levine. It is a purported access to and means of transforming and eliminating “spiritual blocks.” Its postulate is that “spiritual blocks” are the key to physical, mental, and emotional problems and cause pain, sickness, and unworkable relationships.
Holotropic Breathwork (Grof breathwork, holonomic breathwork, holonomic therapy, holotropic breath therapy, holotropic therapy): Psychotherapeutic technique developed in the 1970s by Czechoslovakian-born psychiatrist Stanislav Grof, M.D., and his wife, Christina Grof, author of The Thirst for Wholeness. It involves breathwork (hyperventilation), sound technology (mainly loud music), and the drawing of mandalas (aids to meditation), and it may include “focused bodywork.” Holotropic Breathwork is an alleged access to one’s “natural healing energies.” It purportedly can induce “transpersonal experiences,” which, according to Dr. Grof, can provide information about any “aspect” of the universe in the present, past, and future.
homeoacupuncture: Injection of “homeopathic solutions” into acupoints.
homeopathy (homeopathic medicine, homeotherapeutics, homoeopathy): Form of energy medicine (vibrational medicine) developed by German physician Samuel Christian Friedrich Hahnemann (1755-1843). Hahnemann coined the word “dynamis” to refer to the “vital force.” His final theory held that the “vital force” is the source of all biological phenomena, that it becomes deranged
during illness, and that appropriate homeopathic “remedies” work by restoring the “vital force.”
The major principles of homeopathy include the following. (a) A substance with specific effects in a healthy person can cure a person with similar symptoms. (b) The process of repeated dilution and vigorous shaking of harmful substances renders them “medically active” yet “free of side effects.” (c) Each body has only one soul; thus, a person has only one core problem at a time, and only one remedy is necessary for a “curative action.” (d) Proper selection of a remedy requires taking into account numerous minutiae about the patient’s situation. (e) “Mind symptoms” usually are more important than physical symptoms. (f) Humans are “soul energy” vibrating in an “energy pattern” (the so-called physical body). (g) Cures involve interaction of the soul and cogitative, affective, and physical processes. Usually, “inner peace” is the first response to a remedy, “better energy” the second, and “physical” cure the last.
homeovitic detoxification: Phase of homeovitics that allegedly increases the body’s “innate healing energy.”
homeovitics (homoeovitics): Contemporary “approach to homeopathy” developed circa 1979 by Allen Morgan Kratz, Pharm.D., and promoted by HoBoN, a “pharmaceutical manufacturer” in Naples, Florida. (“HoBoN” stands for “Homoeovitic [or “Homeovitic”] + Bio + Nutritionals.”) A booklet received from the company in 1993 defined “homoeovitics” as “the intensification of the body’s healing energies through the use of vitalization.” A “Practitioner’s Handbook” received by mail from HoBoN in June 1995 states:
Vitalization increases the vital energy of a substance by a stepwise series of dilutions with succussions [vigorous shaking]. This energy can then be transferred from this vitalized substance to activate a less energetic one. This transfer of energy is known as resonance. It occurs when the vitalized substance (vitic) is similar or identical (homeo) to the less energetic one.
The crux of homeovitics is administration of “homeovitic + bio + nutritionals” (or “homeovitic formulae”). These are HoBoN products that, allegedly, “function by Homoeovitic bioresonance,” add “energy” to the body, and intensify its “innate healing energy.” Homeovitics en compasses Clearing, homeovitic detoxification, and Biogenic Support.
homuncular acupuncture: Form of acupuncture whose focus is any group of acupoints that represents a miniature human being (homunculus). Proponents have localized such groups on the nose, face, auricle, hands, and feet.
Ho’oponopono (Ho’oponopono process): Reputed all-purpose, up-to-date variation of an ancient Hawaiian “process.” Its theory posits a “Divine Creator.” Ho’oponopono purportedly: “releases” problems and “blocks” that cause “imbalance,” stress, and “dis-ease” in “the self”; brings peace and “balance” through a physical, mental, and spiritual “cleansing” that involves repentance and “transmutation”; and creates “balance,” freedom, love, peace, and wisdom within individuals, other social entities, the world, and the “Universe.”
Hoshino Therapy (Hoshino Therapy® Art): System of bodywork developed by Tomezo Hoshino, an acupuncture diplomate and onetime pedicurist who was born in 1910 in Atsugi, Japan. Hoshino Therapy includes a manual form of acupressure that uses 250 “vital points.”
Hug Therapy (therapeutic hugging): Variation of Therapeutic Touch advanced by Kathleen Keating Schloessinger, R.N., M.A., in the bestseller The Hug Therapy Book (1983) and a companion volume. It is a set of “techniques” based on the “friendly science” and “art” of “nonsexual” hugging. The “advanced techniques” include “Zen hugging” and guided imagery (e.g., imagining being hugged by a favorite friend who is a good hugger). The author posits a “spirit,” a “life energy that heals,” and a “place” at everyone’s “center” where unadulterated love is discoverable.
Huichol Shamanism (Huichol Indian Shamanism): Form of shamanism promoted by the Dance of the Deer Foundation, taught by its director, “shaman healer” Brant Secunda, and practiced by the Huichols, a tribe of Indians living in central western Mexico, near Ixtlan.
Human Ecology Balancing Sciences: Branch of kinesiology (see below) put together by physicist Steven Rochlitz. It supposedly involves the “balancing” of “meridian disorganization” and of “energy.”
The Human Ecology Program: Purported synthesis of aerobics, biochemistry, homeopathy, naturopathy, orthomolecular medicine, philosophy, and “psycho-cybernetics” developed by artist and “research physician” Da Vid, M.D. Its theory depicts God as “The Life Force”: an eternal, fun damental, omnipotent, and omnipresent — yet mysterious (indeed, indefinable) — “Power” immanent in humans. A “fundamental component” of the program is, in effect, the endeavor to become identical to “The Power.” The Human Ecology Program apparently embraces: Artainment; bodywork (especially chiropractic); “communion,” meditation, and/or prayer; dietary supplementation; The Freedom Aerobic Exercise Program (a videotape program); homeovitics; and radionics.
Humanistic Therapy: Method whose purported goal is to heal the “inner child.” Its theory posits a boundless human spirit.
Human Resources Chi Gong: Form of Qigong (chi gong) taught by Warner Chen, O.M.D., L.Ac., Ph.D., of New York City. Chen describes chi as a “vital force or vital energy” similar to electricity.
Huna: Purportedly, the teachings of the ancient Hawaiian people. Huna apparently encompasses breathwork, chanting, “Dreamtime Techniques,” energy work (see “vibrational medicine”), guided imagery, “Ha Breathing,” and Ho’oponopono. (See “kahuna healing.”)
Huna Kane Temple Massage: Purported ancient, sacred, and “omnidimensional” form of bodywork based on kahuna healing and Tantra. Apparently, its theory posits a “God/Goddess within.”
hydrochromopathy: Variation of color therapy that involves: (a) filling a colored glass bottle, or a clear glass bottle wrapped in a colored gel, with spring water or distilled water; (b) placing the bottle in direct sunlight, indirect sunlight, or artificial light; (c) keeping the bottle thus for at least one to three hours; and (d) drinking the resultant “color-charged” water — e.g., “blue-charged” water for a fever, “green-charged” water as a tonic, or “red-charged” water as a pick-me-up.
hydropathy (water cure): Near-panacean, purificatory use of water internally and externally. Silesian farmer Vincenz (Vincent) Priessnitz (1791-1851) originated hydropathy early in the nineteenth century in Germany. Msgr. Sebastian Kneipp (see “kneipping”) revived it in the same century. Hydropathy survives mainly in the context of kneipping.
Hypnoaesthetics: Purported application of hypnosis to establishing and maintaining “intimacy” between one’s subconscious and one’s biochemical and cellular processes. It supposedly increases “body harmony.” Its theory posits “subconscious energy” usable for “physiological enhancement.”
hypnoanalysis: Method taught by the Infinity International Institute of Hypnotherapy, in Royal Oak, Michigan. Hypnoanalysis apparently encompasses “dream analysis,” hypnotherapy, regression therapy, “spiritual cleansing,” transpersonal psychology, and techniques for the “release” of “negative energy.”
Hypno-Meditation: Component of FITONICS originated by Dr. Donald Burton Schnell. Hypno-Meditation is a purported synthesis of Eastern and Western spiritual teachings and “techniques.” Its theory posits “Cosmic Consciousness,” a “higher” state of awareness from which the “best” human emotions flow.
HypsoConsciousness: Purported ancient Hermetic tradition. It involves: (a) breathing “techniques” that supposedly enable the extraction of “energy” from the air in tremendous amounts; (b) “conscious movement”; (c) “conscious vocalization”; and (d) “Power Hunting,” an alleged means of achieving a heightened state of


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