Welcome to the Archive of Healing™ (or “AH”). AH’s mission is (1) to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop a peer-to-peer digital resource regarding healing and health, and (2) to disseminate it effectively and globally.
To support a sense community, we provide the essential infrastructure and organizational framework for the development of multilingual and multicultural sharing of healing modalities. We strive to keep educational and informational content from the site available on the internet in perpetuity.
We welcome you (“you” or the “user”) as a reader, author, or contributor to
The community - the network of users who are constantly building and using the various pages - are the principal means through which the goals of the mission are achieved. The community undertakes the critical function of contributing new materials to our site. Because we are dedicated to making content accessible to the public, we require that any content you contribute be available under a free license or in the public domain. In other words, by submitting any new additions or comments to the AH, you are thereby offering that information freely.
For clarity, other organizations, such as formally recognized as well as informal organizations, may share in the same mission are nevertheless legally independent and separate from the larger AH project and have no responsibility for the operations of the website or its content.
1. Our Services
The Archive of Healing™ is dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free multicultural content, and to hosting the collection of healing related information. Because of our unique role, there are a couple of things you should be aware of when considering our relationship to you, the various sub-sites, and the other users:
- We are not advocating for any particular approach. Our database was offered to us from previously digitized ethnographic and folkloric research and constitutes over 175,000 entries. We have not reviewed every single holding. We thus do not take any responsibility for this content. Similarly, we do not endorse any opinions expressed via our services, and we do not represent or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, or reliability of any submitted community content. Instead, we simply provide access to the content that has been provided to previous researchers. For all solicited gray papers, the authors retain the rights of their original work and their suggestions, where provided, are opinions. No aspect of this site aims to offer professional advice for any ailments, illnesses, or conditions.
- You are responsible for your own actions: You are legally responsible for your comments on and contributions to the AH. For your own protection you should exercise caution and avoid contributing any content that may result in criminal or civil liability under any applicable laws. For clarity, applicable law includes at least the laws of the United States of America. Although we may not agree with such actions, we warn contributors that authorities may seek to apply other country laws to you, including local laws where you live or where you view or contribute content. The AH cannot offer any protection, guarantee, immunity or indemnification.
3. Content We Host
- You may find some material objectionable or erroneous: Because we provide a wide array of content that is produced or gathered in a variety of contexts (historical, economic, social, geographical, etc.), you may encounter material that you find offensive, erroneous, misleading, mislabeled, or otherwise objectionable. We therefore ask that you use common sense and proper judgment when engaging the AH. We aim to host a means by which users can comment upon and contribute to the access of the database.
- Our content is for general informational purposes only: Although we host a great deal of information that pertains to professional topics, including medical, disability, or issues of well-being, this content is presented for general informational purposes only. It should not be taken as professional advice. Please seek independent professional counseling from someone who is licensed or qualified in the applicable area in lieu of acting on any information, opinion, or advice contained in the AH.
4. Refraining from Certain Activities
We encourage you to be civil and polite in your interactions with others in the AH community, to act in good faith, and to make contributions and contributions aimed at furthering the mission of the site.
Certain activities, whether legal or illegal, may be harmful to other users and violate our rules, and some activities may also subject you to liability. Therefore, for your own protection and for that of other users, you may not engage in such activities on our sites. These activities include:
Harassing and Abusing Others
- Engaging in harassment, threats, stalking, spamming, or vandalism; and
- Transmitting chain mail, junk mail, or spam to other users.
Violating the Privacy of Others
- Infringing the privacy rights of others under the laws of the United States of America or other applicable laws (which may include the laws where you live or where you view or contribute content);
- Soliciting personally identifiable information for purposes of harassment, exploitation, violation of privacy, or any promotional or commercial purpose not explicitly approved by the Archive of Healing™; and
- Soliciting personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18 for an illegal purpose or violating any applicable law regarding the health or well-being of minors.
Engaging in False Statements, Impersonation, or Fraud
- Intentionally or knowingly posting content that constitutes libel or defamation;
- With the intent to deceive, posting content that is false or inaccurate;
- Attempting to impersonate another user or individual, misrepresenting your affiliation with any individual or entity, or using the username of another user with the intent to deceive; and
- Engaging in fraud.
- Infringing copyrights, trademarks, patents, or other proprietary rights under applicable law.
Misusing Our Services for Other Illegal Purposes
- Posting child pornography or any other content that violates applicable law concerning child pornography;
- Posting or trafficking in obscene material that is unlawful under applicable law; and
- Using the services in a manner that is inconsistent with applicable law.
Engaging in Disruptive and Illegal Misuse of Facilities
- Posting or distributing content that contains any viruses, malware, worms, Trojan horses, malicious code, or other device that could harm our technical infrastructure or system or that of our users;
- Engaging in automated uses of the site that are abusive or disruptive of the services and have not been approved by the AH community;
- Disrupting the services by placing an undue burden on a modality website or the networks or servers connected with a modality website;
- Disrupting the services by inundating any of the modality websites with communications or other traffic that suggests no serious intent to use the modality website for its stated purpose;
- Knowingly accessing, tampering with, or using any of our non-public areas in our computer systems without authorization; and
- Probing, scanning, or testing the vulnerability of any of our technical systems or networks.
5. Password Security
You are responsible for safeguarding your own password and should never disclose it to any third party.
7. Licensing of Content
To grow the commons of free knowledge and free culture, all users contributing to the AH are required to grant broad permissions to the general public to re-distribute and re-use their contributions freely, so long as that use is properly attributed and the same freedom to re-use and re-distribute is granted to any derivative works. In keeping with our goal of providing free information to the widest possible audience, we require that when necessary all submitted content be licensed so that it is freely reusable by anyone who cares to access it.
You agree to the following licensing requirements:
- Text to which you hold the copyright: When you submit text to which you hold the copyright, you agree to license it under:
- Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (“CC BY-SA”), and
- GNU Free Documentation License (“GFDL”) (unversioned, with no invariant sections, front-cover texts, or back-cover texts).
(Re-users may comply with either license or both.)
The only exception is if the modality addition or feature requires a different
license. In that case, you agree to license any text you contribute under that
Please note that these licenses do allow commercial uses of your
contributions, as long as such uses are compliant with the terms.
- Attribution: Attribution is an important part of these licenses. We consider it giving credit where credit is due – to authors like yourself. When you contribute text, you agree to be attributed in any of the following fashions:
- Through hyperlink (where possible) or URL to the sub-site which you contributed;
- Through hyperlink (where possible) or URL to an alternative, stable online copy that is freely accessible, which conforms with the license, and which provides credit to the authors in a manner equivalent to the credit given on the modality website; or
- Through a list of all authors (but please note that any list of authors may be filtered to exclude very small or irrelevant contributions).
- Importing text: You may import text that you have found elsewhere or that you have co-authored with others, but in such case you warrant that the text is available under terms that are compatible with the CC BY-SA 3.0 license (or, as explained above, another license when exceptionally required by the modality addition or feature) ("CC BY-SA"). Content available only under GFDL is not permissible.
You agree that you must credit the author(s) in a reasonable fashion if you
import text under a CC BY-SA license that requires attribution. The
attribution requirements are sometimes too intrusive for particular
circumstances (regardless of the license), and there may be instances where the AH community decides that imported text cannot be used for that reason.
- Non-text media: Non-text media on the AH are available under a variety of different licenses that support the general goal of allowing unrestricted re-use and re-distribution. When you contribute non-text media, you agree to comply with the requirements for such licenses, and also comply with the requirements of the specific feature to which you are contributing.
- Public domain content: Content that is in the public domain is welcome! It is important however that you confirm the public domain status of the content under the law of the United States of America as well as the laws of any other countries as required by the specific modality addition. When you contribute content that is in the public domain, you warrant that the material is actually in the public domain, and you agree to label it appropriately.
- Re-use: Re-use of content that we host is welcome, though exceptions exist for content contributed under "fair use" or similar exemptions under copyright law. Any re-use must comply with the underlying license(s). When you re-use or re-distribute any text developed by the AH community, you agree to attribute the authors in any of the following fashions:
- Through hyperlink (where possible) or URL to the page or pages that you are re-using;
- Through hyperlink (where possible) or URL to an alternative, stable online copy that is freely accessible, which conforms with the license, and which provides credit to the authors in a manner equivalent to the credit given on the AH website; or
- Through a list of all authors (but please note that any list of authors may be filtered to exclude very small or irrelevant contributions).
If the text content was imported from another source, it is possible that the content is licensed under a compatible CC BY-SA license but not GFDL (as described in “Importing text,” above). In that case, you agree to comply with the compatible CC BY-SA license and do not have the option to re-license it under GFDL.
In addition, please be aware that text that originated from external sources and was imported into the AH may be under a license that attaches additional attribution requirements.
For any non-text media, you agree to comply with whatever license under which the work has been made available (which can be discovered by clicking on the work and looking at the licensing section on its description page or reviewing an applicable source page for that work). When re-using any content that we host, you agree to comply with the relevant attribution requirements as they pertain to the underlying license or licenses.
- Modifications or additions to material that you re-use: When modifying or making additions to text that you have obtained from the AH, you agree to license the modified or added content under CC BY-SA 3.0 or later (or, as explained above, another license when exceptionally required by the specific AH data or feature).
When modifying or making additions to any non-text media that you have obtained from an AH page, you agree to license the modified or added content in accordance with whatever license under which the work has been made available. With both text content and non-text media, you agree to clearly indicate that the original work has been modified. For each copy or modified version that you distribute, you agree to include a licensing notice stating which license the work is released under, along with either a hyperlink or URL to the text of the license or a copy of the license itself.
8. DMCA Compliance
The Archive of Healing™ wants to ensure that the content that we host can be re-used by other users without fear of liability and that it is not infringing the proprietary rights of others. In fairness to our users, as well as to other creators and copyright holders, our policy is to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the formalities of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Pursuant to the DMCA, we will terminate, in appropriate circumstances, users and account holders of our system and network who are repeat infringers.
However, we also recognize that not every takedown notice is valid or in good faith. In such cases, we strongly encourage users to file counter-notifications when they appropriately believe a DMCA takedown demand is invalid or improper. For more information on what to do if you think a DMCA notice has been improperly filed, you may wish to consult the Chilling Effects website.
If you are the owner of content that is being improperly used on our site without your permission, you may request that the content be removed under the DMCA. To make such a request, please visit the Legal section of this site.
Alternatively, you may make a request to our community, which often handles copyright issues faster and more effectively than prescribed under the DMCA. In that case, you can post a notice explaining your copyright concerns.
9. Third-party Websites and Resources
You are solely responsible for your use of any third-party websites or resources. Although the site contains links to third-party websites and resources, we do not endorse and are not responsible or liable for their availability, accuracy, or the related content, products, or services (including, without limitation, any viruses or other disabling features), nor do we have any obligation to monitor such third-party content.
10. Management of Websites
In an unusual case, the need may arise, or the community may ask us, to address an especially problematic user because of significant disturbance or dangerous behavior. In such cases, we reserve the right, but do not have the obligation to:
- Detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security, or technical issues or respond to user support requests;
- Facilitate their proper functioning and protect the rights, property, and safety of ourselves and our users, licensors, partners, and the public.
You agree to comply with the final decisions of dispute resolution bodies that are established by the community for the specific editions (such as arbitration committees); these decisions may include sanctions as set out by the policy of the specific sub-site.
Especially problematic users who have had accounts or access blocked on multiple sub-sites may be subject to a ban from the AH.
11. Resolutions and Sub-Site Policies
The AH may release official policies from time to time. Some of these policies may be mandatory for a particular holding, and, when they are, you agree to abide by them as applicable.
13. Disputes and Jurisdiction
At AH, we do our best to provide educational and informational content to a very wide audience, but your use of our services is at your sole risk. We provide these services on an "as is" and "as available" basis, and we expressly disclaim all express or implied warranties of all kinds, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. We make no warranty that our services will meet your requirements, be safe, secure, uninterrupted, timely, accurate, or error-free, or that your information will be secure.
Any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through your use of our services is done at your own discretion and risk, and you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of any such material. You agree that we have no responsibility or liability for the deletion of, or the failure to store or to transmit, any content or communication maintained by the service. We retain the right to create limits on use and storage at our sole discretion at any time with or without notice.
Some states or jurisdictions do not allow the types of disclaimers in this section, so they may not apply to you either in part or in full depending on the law.
15. Limitation on Liability
Neither the Archive of Healing™ nor the University of California Los Angeles will be liable to you or to any other party for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data, or other intangible losses, regardless of whether we were advised of the possibility of such damage. In no event shall our liability exceed one hundred U.S. dollars (USD 100.00) in aggregate. In the case that applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you, although our liability will be limited to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.
17. Other Terms
You understand that, unless otherwise agreed to in writing by us, you have no expectation of compensation for any activity, contribution, or idea that you provide to us, the community, or the AH.