Evidence-Based Medicine Portal for Wellness Therapies
Discover the medical evidence for wellness approaches
SpaEvidence is the world's first portal designed to help people explore medical evidence for the most common wellness therapies.
With thousands of studies evaluating the benefits of approaches like acupuncture, meditation or yoga, we've made it easy to search the most relevant, authoritative sources of evidence-based medicine.
The goal of this free resource is to inform and empower…
- People seeking alternative, preventative health approaches
- Medical professionals selecting courses of treatment
- Corporate wellness professionals designing employee programs
...with hard science and best practices for core wellness-related approaches and disciplines.
Acupressure: 1. Any treatment that allegedly involves the surface stimulation of acupoints digitally, manually, or with tools held in the hand. Practitioners may be called "acupressurists." "...
Acupuncture: Technique for treating some painful conditions and for regional anesthesia by passing long thin needles through the skin to specific points. Needles of various shapes are inserte...
Aromatherapy: The use of selected fragrant substances in lotions and inhalants in an effort to affect mood and promote health. Also called aromatic medicine, conventional aromatherapy, holist...
Ayurveda: Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine from India that uses a constitutional model. Its aim is to provide guidance regarding food and lifestyle so that healthy people can stay he...
Biofeedback is a purported technique for helping an individual become conscious of otherwise unconscious body processes. Through conveying information about blood pressure, heart rate, skin...
Chiropractic is a discipline that focuses on the relationship between spinal structure and body function mediated by the nervous system. It originated in 1895 with D.D. Palmer, a popular hand...
Exercise: 1. Active exercise: bodily exertion for the sake of restoring or maintaining a healthy state. 2. Passive exercise: motion of limbs without effort by the person. Abundant research h...
Hydrotherapy: Water has been used medicinally for thousands of years, with traditions rooted in ancient China, Japan, India, Rome, Greece, the Americas, and the Middle East. There are referen...
Manual Lymph Drainage
Form of massage designed to assist the function of the lymphatic system by the application of slow, light, and repetitive strokes that help move lymph fluid through the system of vessels and ...
Massage: Massage uses direct hands-on manipulation of the surface of the body to achieve therapeutic results. Massage therapy includes many sub specialties that are focused on specific types ...
Meditation: A self-directed practice for relaxing the body and calming the mind. Most meditative techniques have come to the West from Eastern religious practices, particularly India, China, ...
Music has been used as a tool of healing since ancient times, appearing in the writings of the Greek philosophers Pythagoras, Aristotle, and Plato. Native Americans and other indigenous group...
Nutritionists are trained in the biochemistry of food, and how food affects the human body. They get specific training in various diseases of metabolism and can create diets to avoid items a ...
Pilates is an exercise system designed to strengthen, balance and uniformly develop the body and mind. Designed by Joseph Pilates to rehabilitate detainees during World War I, the Pilates met...
Reiki is a Buddhist practice that is approximately 2,500 years old. The name "Reiki" is derived from two Japanese words: rei meaning universal spirit and ki meaning life energy. Mention of Re...
A broad term used to describe a number of techniques promoting stress reduction, the elimination of tension throughout the body and a peaceful state of mind. Different methods include progres...
A small room or house where dry or wet heat sessions are experienced, with temperatures typically ranging from 70°C (158 °F) and 100°C (212 °F) - designed to induce relaxation, sweating and d...
A physiologic state of relative unconsciousness and inaction of the voluntary muscles, the need for which recurs periodically. The stages of sleep have been variously defined in terms of dept...
1. An applied force or system of forces that tends to strain or deform a body. 2. A mentally or emotionally disruptive or upsetting condition occurring in response to adverse external influen...
Tai chi (also written as T'ai Chi, Taiji, Tai Chi Chuan, etc.) is an ancient Chinese exercise system (originating 2,000 years ago as a martial arts strategy) that uses gentle, slow, deliberat...
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Chinese medicine is a broad term encompassing many different modalities and traditions of healing. They share a common heritage of technique and theory rooted in ancient Chinese philosophy (T...
Yoga is an ancient system of relaxation, exercise, and healing with origins in Indian philosophy. Early descriptions of yoga are written in Sanskrit, the classical literary language of India....
This portal provides direct access to four of the most respected evidence-based medicine (EBM) databases: Natural Standard, The Cochrane Library, PubMed, and the meta-search engine TRIP.