from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Medical therapy involving exposure to sunlight.
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- n. Any medical therapy by exposure to light.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Treatment of disease by means of sunlight: a form of phototherapy.
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- n. therapeutic exposure to sunlight
Those therapies are herbs and diet, breathing and exercise, acupuncture, massage, and heliotherapy sunlight therapy.
The key factor in heliotherapy is the invisible ultraviolet band, and the key receptor is the retina.
In France, Sweden and the Soviet Union, such cures as electro-acupuncture, herbs, fasting, nutrition, exercise, massage and heliotherapy have become quite popular as the New Medicine takes root there.
American medical schools are not preparing doctors with sufficient background in nutrition, heliotherapy, massage and other traditional methods which are becoming part and parcel of medical training elsewhere in the world.
With its unique blend of physical and mental regimens and its equal emphasis on theory and practice, Taoism has come to include such diverse elements as alchemy, deep breathing, calisthenics, sexual disciplines, herbal medicine, diet, heliotherapy, and much more.
The Tao Tsang Treasury of Tao, compiled over 2,000 years ago, contains numerous references to heliotherapy, which it refers to as ‘the method of administering sunbeams’.
The operative surgical quality but that he was reluctant to shed human blood even when the end justified the means, preferring, in their natural order, heliotherapy, psychophysicotherapeutics, osteopathic surgery.
As milk and other foods were supplemented with vitamin D, heliotherapy faded, and its decline was greatly enhanced by the fear of acquiring skin cancer.
Sunlight (heliotherapy) was often a part of healing and was used to treat many disorders, such as tuberculosis, rickets in children and war wounds.
see also medicine; natural health care health and disease see under healing arts heliotherapy 247–53