1st Edition

Introduction to Complementary Medicine

By Terry Robson Copyright 2003
    376 Pages
    by Routledge

    376 Pages
    by Routledge

    * What is complementary medicine?

    * What evidence is there to support its use?

    * What can orthodox medicine learn from holistic practices?

    Providing a sound introduction to the range of treatments and philosophies usually termed 'complementary and alternative medicine', this book offers a systematic explanation of the philosophies and practices that underpin contemporary complementary medicine.

    Introduction to Complementary Medicine examines the rise in popularity of complementary medicine and discusses the challenges of developing a more integrated system of health care.

    Drawing on recent research, this book explores the development, application, evidence, contraindications and appropriateness of a wide range of traditional systems of medicine and healing modalities, including Herbal Medicine, Massage, Osteopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Aromatherapy, Chiropractic, Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation.

    Written by leading academics, researchers and experienced practitioners, Introduction to Complementary Medicine is designed to be used as a reference for students and practitioners in a range of health professions.

    With a foreword by Dr Joseph Pizzorno ND

    Preface vii

    Acknowledgements ix

    Contributors x

    Foreword xv

    Introduction The evolving medical paradigm 1 - Terry Robson

    Part 1 Philosophies of healing 13

    Ch 1 Ayurveda - Shaun Matthews

    Ch 2 Indigenous healing - Martha Macintyre

    Ch 3 Naturopathic medicine - Stephen P. Myers, Assunta Hunter, Pamela Snider, Jared L. Zeff

    Ch 4 Traditional Chinese Medicine - Corinne G. Patching van der Sluijs, Alan Bensoussan

    Part 2 Healing modalities 87

    Ch 5 Acupuncture - Kylie A. O'Brien, Charlie Changli Xue

    Ch 6 Aromatherapy - Mark A. Webb

    Ch 7 Chiropractic - Phillip S. Ebrall

    Ch 8 Counselling - Stephen Andrew

    Ch 9 Flower essences: Bach Flowers/Australian Bush Flower Essences - Nicole Heneka, Ian White

    Ch 10 Herbal medicine - Hans Wohlmuth

    Ch 11 Homoeopathy - Ian Howden

    Ch 12 Massage therapy -Vicki M. Tuchtan

    Ch 13 Nutrition - Karen E. Bridgman

    Ch 14 Osteopathy - Nicholas Lucas, Robert Moran



    Terry Robson works as a health journalist and is a health reporter for radio and television networks around Australia. Terry is a fully qualified naturopath (Nature Care College) who has worked in private practice, the manufacture of complementary medicines and as deputy editor of International WellBeing magazine. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Australian National University) majoring in psychology and ancient history/archaeology and a Diploma of Education (University of Sydney).