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1st Edition

Introduction to Complementary Medicine

ISBN 9781741140545
Published November 1, 2003 by Routledge
376 Pages

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Book Description

* 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

Table of Contents

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


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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).