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Nadi Sutra Kriya: Purportedly, a way of touching marmas to stimulate them and create a "balancing effect."
Natural Hygiene (Hygienic Health System, Life Science): Variation of Nature Cure represented by proponents as the legacy of Sylvester Graham (1794-1851). Graham, the originator of the graham cracker, began his career as a Presbyterian minister and temperance lecturer. He professed the following. (a) Frequent involuntary discharges of semen presage debility. (b) Ingestion of "improper" foods or overeating cause seminal discharges. (c) Masturbation brings on pimples and potentially fatal sores. (d) Digestion entails an expenditure of "vital force." (e) Diet is a means of economizing the "vital force." (f) A diet is healthful if it narrowly prompts the digestive organs to function normally.
According to "Hygienic" literature, the first "hygienic doctor" was Isaac Jennings, M.D. (1788-1874), who taught that obedience to "physical law" facilitates obedience to "moral law." Natural Hygiene's postulate is that disease is a process of "purification" and repair. The major "Hygienic" practices are fasting, food combining, and a form of veganism that emphasizes uncooked foods. Some "Professional Natural Hygienists" do not subscribe to food combining.
Natural Medicine Path (the Medicine of the South, the Natural Medicine of the South): Mode of Cherokee healing. The Natural Medicine Path is an animistic form of herbalism.
Nature Cure (Nature Care): Progenitor of naturopathy. Nature Cure is a variation of self-healing whose most important measures are fasting and rest. Originally, Nature Cure was a hydropathy-centered "natural" lifestyle. Its postulate is: (a) that all disease, barring accidents and the conse quences of hostile surroundings, is due to violations of "nature's laws," and (b) that, therefore, "true" healing consists in a "return" to "natural" habits.
Naturology: "Religious science of health" taught by the American Institute of Holistic Theology, a nonaccredited correspondence school in Youngstown, Ohio. Naturology is a theistic variation of naturopathy that includes acupressure, herbology, homeopathy, iridology, and Natural Hygiene.
naturopathy (natural healing, natural health, natural medicine, natural therapies, nature cure, naturology, naturopathic healing, naturopathic health care, naturo pathic medicine): Miscellany that encompasses auriculotherapy (ear acupuncture), Ayurveda, bioelectronic diagnosis, biofeedback, balneotherapy (e.g., mud baths), cupping, electroacupuncture, fasting, the Grape Cure (and other mono-diets), hair analysis, herbalism, homeopathy, hypnotherapy, in ternal hydrotherapy (e.g., colonic irrigation), iridology, Jin Shin Do, Jungian psychology, macrobiotics, moxibustion, Oriental medicine, Ortho-Bionomy, orthomolecular psychiatry, thalassotherapy ("therapeutic" use of seawater and sea air), Tuina, and zone therapy. Naturopathy originated in the latter half of the nineteenth century, in Germany. Dr. John H. Scheel, a German-born homeopath, coined the word "naturopathy" in 1895, when he opened the Sanitarium Badekur in New York. Vitalism is fundamental to naturopathy.
neo-Reichian massage: System based on theories developed by Wilhelm Reich (see "orgone therapy" and "Reichian Therapy"). Practitioners purport to locate and dissolve "holding patterns" ("body armoring"). Reich postulated that obstructions to orgone cause neuroses and most physical disorders. Muscular contractions ("body armor") in various parts of the body supposedly manifest such "blockages."
Network Spinal Analysis (Network, Network Chiropractic, Network Chiropractic Spinal Analysis): Conspicuously vitalistic form of chiropractic founded in 1983 by Donald M. Epstein, D.C. It embraces the following principles. (a) An innate or "resident" intelligence ("inborn wisdom") governs all human biological processes through the nervous system and never harms the body. (b) This "intelligence" directs the "life force" ("vital life energy" or "vital life force"), which bestirs every cell. (c) Malposition of the spinal cord, nerves, and vertebrae can cause mechanical tension that may impede the "vital life force." (d) Mental and chemical stress can cause such mechanical tension. (e) Removing mechanical impediments to the "vital life force" heightens the operation of "innate intelligence" naturally. (f) The universe and society are intrinsically good.
Neural Organization Technique (NOT): Variation of cranial osteopathy (see "CranioSacral Therapy") developed by Carl A. Ferreri, D.C.
neural therapy: Form of energy medicine (vibrational medicine) akin to acupuncture, developed in Germany circa 1930 by two brothers, Ferdinand and Walter Huneke (also spelled "Huehneke"). The Hunekes, both medical doctors, maintained that injections of local anesthetics into areas of "energy" disturbance ("interference fields") could relieve pain, immobility, and dysfunction. Injection sites include acupoints, scars, and the sites of old fractures or past infection. Purportedly, neural therapy energizes "short-circuited" cells and helps to regulate "biological energy." Proponents recommend it for hundreds of health problems.
neuro-bioenergetic treatment: Variation of acupuncture pioneered by Yee Wing Tong, M.D. It involves intramuscular injections of Novocain.
NeuroBioFeedback (NBF): Combination of biofeedback and "neural therapy." The Alexandria institute (Hastings-on-Hudson, New York) defines neural therapy as a "non-invasive, highly effective means to create efficient brain function using only light and sound." NBF is a purported way to create "healthy patterns of brain functioning." Its apparent postulate is that the mind and body can function well when the brain is "fit" and functioning well. Allegedly, NBF in conjunction with "sport psychology mental skills training techniques" may enable reaching "the ZONE" (see "Three Phase Workout") at will. One of NBF's major promoters is hypnotherapist and aromatherapist Bob Reese, A.T.C., C.P.P.T. ("Certified Peak Performance Trainer.").
New Age Shiatsu: Style of shiatsu developed by Zen priest Reuho Yamada, one of the teachers of Harold Dull (see "Bodywork Tantra").
NewBirth Process: Combination of Rolfing, Transformational Breathwork, and Transpersonal Counseling. Its theory posits emotional, mental, and physical "bodies" that harbor "dysfunctional blocks."
New Era Dianetics: Variation of dianetics.
Newtonian manifestation: Form of manifesting characterized by correction of mental pictures, especially of mundane wants such as cars, houses, and jobs.
N.I.A. technique (NIA): Form of exercise promoted by Windows to the Sky, an organization in Chester, New York. It allegedly "opens" the heart and mind and integrates body, mind, and spirit. "N.I.A." stands for "neural intermuscular action."
Nichiren Buddhism (Nichirenism, Nichiren Shoshu, NS, Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism): Mystical Japanese religion named after Nichiren Daishonin (1222-1282), founder of nichiren-shu ("School of the Lotus of the Sun"). Daishonin was a militant Japanese patriot and a supposed incarnation of an early disciple of the Buddha. Chanting the Japanese expression "Namu myoho renge-kyo" (which literally means "Veneration to the sutra [scriptural discourse] of the lotus of the good law [i.e, the Lotus Sutra]") is the core of NS worship. NS chanting is an alleged means of gaining anything one wants, notably health, influence, and material assets.
Nine Gates Training Program: Sequence whose foci are nine alleged bodily "energy centers." It apparently encompasses Breema, kahuna healing, Reiki, and Sufi healing.
Nine Star Ki: System of "directionology" and futuristic astrology based on the oriental theory of the Five Elements. Supposedly, it is a "profound sci ence" and the most comprehensive astrological system. Members of the macrobiotic community reportedly use Nine Star Ki to determine the best directions in which to travel and which directions to avoid
Non-Contact Therapeutic Touch (NCTT): Variation of Therapeutic Touch (TT) that does not involve touching. In the early 1980s, NCTT replaced TT in the TT community. Apparently, "Therapeutic Touch" and "TT" now refer primarily to NCTT.
Norse magic: Western European magical tradition. It is a form of ritual magic that supposedly enlists: (a) the Aesir ("Asa-Gods"), whose mythical home is Asgard; (b) "Light" (helpful) elves; (c) good dwarves; (d) the "rulers of the Elements"; and (e) dead ancestors. Norse magic allegedly promotes mental, physical, and spiritual health.
Nsoromma Body Therapy: Combination of relaxation, shiatsu, and yoga promoted by painter Vivinne (Narmada) Williams, M.F.A.
Nuad Bo Rarn (Thailand medical massage): Mode of bodywork wherein the practitioner manipulates the subject into hatha-yoga-like positions and thus allegedly facilitates the flow of "energy" in the subject's body. Its theory holds that 84,000 "energy lines" (Sen) compose the body and that ten of these have priority.
Numbers Diet (Jean Simpson's Numbers Diet): Numerological diet for weight loss developed over 23 years by Jean Simpson, author of Hot Numbers and Hot Lotto Numbers. Its postulate is that, with a number based on the month, day, and year of one's last birthday, one can learn what di etary pitfalls are likely on any particular day.
numerology: The study of the magical meanings of numbers and of their supposed influence on human life. It is a purported calculative means of obtaining information about one's personality, capabilities, and future. The basis of numerology is that numbers have an "inner nature" and "vibration." Numerological considerations include an individual's full name, birthplace, and birth date. (Numerological interpretation of one's name is called "onomatomancy.") For example, the number eleven is connectable with the eleven loyal apostles of Jesus Christ; the number twelve with the entire group of apostles, the twelve divisions of the zodiac, and the twelve months of the year; and the number thirteen with covens (groups of thirteen witches).
Nutripathy: "A religious science of experiencing mental, financial, physical, social and spiritual health using specific universal laws," according to NutripathyThe Key to Your Prosperity, Success and Spiritual Fulfillment (1984). Gary A. Martin, D.N., Ph.D., Th.D., D.Sc., originated the system in the late 1970s, allegedly thanks to divine influence. It includes hair analysis and a variation of Bach flower therapy. Its premises include: (a) God is in everyone. (b) One's "True Self" is God ("Love"). (c) "Proper nutrition" and realization of one's "true identity" together make for a perfect life.
nutritional herbology: Form of herbology expounded by author and "research chemist" Mark Pedersen. It is part of the "educational" basis of Nature's Sunshine Products, Inc. (NSP), a multilevel marketing organization whose headquarters are in Spanish Fork, Utah. Nutritional herbology theory encom passes the ancient Chinese theory of the Five Elements.
Nutrition Kinesiology (NK): Alleged means of identifying: (a) health-impairing (e.g., allergenic) foods and other substances and (b) "corrective" nutrients. NK involves "acupoint tests" and muscle testing (see above).
Nvwoti (Cherokee herbal medicine): Native American form of botanical "healing" that purportedly treats all human components: emotional, physical, societal, and spiritual.

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