Traditional Healing Arts

Traditional Healing Arts
in Honolulu

Traditional healing arts represents a broad range of healing practices from varying medical approaches that have been used for centuries around the world.  At Manakai O Malama we offer the best of these traditional medical practices. These disciplines have substantial scientific support, are safe for use in a medical setting, and are effective in treating our patients.

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct medical profession that aims at providing holistic healthcare with an emphasis on prevention, natural treatment, patient education and optimal health while encouraging an individuals’ self-healing process.  Naturopathy includes modern and traditional approaches to healing which includes lifestyle medicine, nutritional medicine, herbal medicine, naturopathic physical medicine (including naturopathic manipulation), counseling, prescription medication, and intravenous and injection therapy.

Massage Therapy

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Massage is the manipulation of soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system and has been practiced for centuries around the world. A holistic form of therapy, massage affects all body systems, especially the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems. It is particularly helpful in decreasing muscular tension, increasing blood and lymph circulation, enhancing tissue healing, and supporting the normal functioning of the nervous system. Our massage therapist are trained in Swedish, deep tissue, shiatsu, sports massage, trigger point, reflexology and lomi lomi.


Acupuncture is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been practiced in China for nearly 5,000 years. It seeks to restore the proper flow of qi or life energy in the body by stimulating certain points with acupuncture needles. Meridian lines are believed to be energy pathways along which an individual’s life force flows. It is thought that each meridian connects to one or more organ systems that govern particular bodily functions. When there is an imbalance of qi in a meridian so that qi is stagnant or blocked, illness results. By applying needles to certain points along the meridian lines, acupuncture seeks to restore equilibrium and health by correcting the flow of qi.


Chiropractic medicine focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system, nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.  Chiropractic care is used to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints such as back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. Our chiropractors use the technique called spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustment which aims at restoring joint mobility, and correcting spinal misalignment, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness.
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