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Macrobiotic Diet low-fat, high-fibre diet of whole grains, vegetables, sea algae, and seeds that are prepared in accordance with specific principles; said to synchronize eating habits with the cycles of nature.
Magnesium a mineral aiding many basic functions, including metabolism, heart rhythm, bone growth and the function of nerves and muscles.
Magnetic Field Therapy also known as biomagnetic therapy; uses magnets or electromagnetic fields, generally for pain control and bone growth stimulation following a fracture. Magnetic waves pass through tissues enhancing blood flow and bringing more oxygen to that area.
Manganese a mineral playing a vital role in reproduction and energy production; very important in building healthy bones.
Massage Therapy systematic, therapeutic stroking, rubbing, or kneading of the skin and underlying muscle and other soft tissue of the recipient for the purpose of physical and psychological relaxation, improvement of circulation, relief of sore muscles, and other therapeutic effects.
Mastication the process of chewing our food and mixing it with saliva as the first step of digestion. This is necessary so that the digestive enzymes can work effectively and the nutrients contained in the food can be absorbed and assimilated by the body.
Materia Medica the branch of science dealing with drugs and herbs used in the treatment of disease.
Meditation is a mental discipline by which one attempts to silence the internal dialogue of the reactive, "thinking" mind and achieve a deeper level of relaxation by focusing the attention on a single point of reference-such as an object, sensation or sound (mantra)-in order to transcend sensory experience and attain a state of consciousness in which the Self may experience its true nature. Meditation is a practice taught by many religions but is also commonly practiced outside religious traditions.
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) provide twice the energy of carbohydrates; have no significant effect on insulin production. Improve the absorption of amino acids and reduce muscle tissue breakdown.
Megavitamin Therapy administration of vitamins vastly exceeding the amount recommended for nutritional balance.
Metabolic Syndrome a condition characterized by a group of metabolic risk factors including abdominal obesity, insulin resistance and high blood pressure. These increase the risk of coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
Metabolism the physical processes and chemical reactions occurring within a living cell or organism that are necessary for life; including, but not limited to, the burning of fuel (calories) to produce heat and energy.
Mind-body Techniques therapies such as meditation, hypnosis, guided imagery which focus on the interaction between the mind and the body.
Molybdenum A mineral required to activate certain enzymes that are necessary for thousands of bodily functions.
Mucilaginous slippery, mucus-like. Mucilaginous herbs are herbs that contain mucilage, a long chain of sugars (polysaccharides) that make a slippery substance when combined with water, which have a soothing and protective effect on inflammed tissues.
Mucous Membrane mucus-secreting membrane lining passages and cavities of the body that come in contact with air.
Mucus a viscous fluid secreted by mucous membranes as a protective lubricant coating.
Mucus a viscous fluid secreted by mucous membranes as a protective lubricant coating.
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