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Restoring the Brain

Neurofeedback as an Integrative Approach to Health, 1st Edition

Edited by Hanno W. Kirk

CRC Press

320 pages | 7 Color Illus. | 44 B/W Illus.

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Restoring the Brain: Neurofeedback as an Integrative Approach describes the history and process by which neurofeedback has become an effective tool for treating many mental and behavioral health conditions. It explains how new brain research and improvements in imaging technology allow for a new conceptualization of the brain. It also discusses how biomedical factors can degrade brain functioning and cause a wide range of symptoms of mental disorders.

The book is written in an accessible style for easy understanding and application to classification and treatment. It shares the clinical experiences of practitioners working with specific symptom constellations generally categorized by a DSM diagnostic label. It examines the brain as a self-regulating communications system and discusses how much of mental dysfunction can be understood as acquired brain behavior that can be redirected with the help of EEG-based neurofeedback. It describes principles and practices of integrating neurofeedback that make redirection possible.

Recent discoveries on the neuroelectrical properties of the brain illuminate the possibilities of combining innovative neurotherapy techniques with integrative medicine to achieve optimal brain function. Case studies of clinical applications highlight the effectiveness of neurofeedback in treating autism, ADHD, and trauma, particularly PTSD. Integrative approaches are the future of health care, and neurofeedback will play an increasingly significant role. Restoring the Brain: Neurofeedback as an Integrative Approach gives you a better understanding of the use and practice of neurofeedback.


"Restoring the Brain is an excellent synthesis of how the bioelectric model of human health resolves some of the existing knowledge gaps and difficult cases in health care today. The integrative approach of this collection of writings by neurofeedback research clinicians offers insight into areas that are difficult to resolve or reduce with the existing allopathic medical system of biochemical cocktails. The breakthroughs in bioelectric technology and its application to difficulties in modern living such as attention deficit, autism, pain management, post traumatic stress is a refreshing antidote to my prescription pad. This book is a much needed academic link between a scientific cutting edge technology, modern human health, and the spiritual premise of an indwelling spark of wisdom. …an eminently readable, exploration of topics for gaining greater knowledge about human health from the perspective of how the dynamics of brain functioning affect our daily functioning."

—Raymond McKnight, MD, President of the Monroe County Medical Association, Florida

"Restoring the Brain is a wonderful book willed with many scientific insights and useful clinical information. I highly recommend it."

—Daniel G. Amen, MD, Founder of Amen Clinics, author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

"…If you are interested in learning about this technique and the current state of science as applied to clinical problems, then this might be a book you should read."

—Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Doody’s Book Reviews

"… contributors examine neurofeedback as a vital aspect of integrative medicine, and finally authors zero in on the applications of neurofeedback for developmental disorders, ASD, PTSD, and ADHD … Buy this book, keep it with you, and be prepared to return to it again and again."

—Lorrie R. Fisher, LMFT, NBCFCH, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Table of Contents

Changing the paradigm from neurochemical to neuroelectrical models

Hanno W. Kirk

History of neurofeedback

Siegfried Othmer

Astrocytes and infra-low frequencies

David A. Kaiser

The evolution of clinical neurofeedback practice

Meike Wiedemann

Neurofeedback in an integrative medical practice

Doreen E. McMahon

Nutrition and the brain

Nora T. Gedgaudas

Common biological factors that can impact brain function

Kurt N. Woeller

Applying neurofeedback to autism spectrum disorders

Kelley E. Foust

The use of neurofeedback for marines with combat stress (post-traumatic stress disorder)

Anna Benson and Tamsen W. Ladou

Post-traumatic stress disorder symptom reduction with neurofeedback

Monica G. Dahl

Neurofeedback in application to the ADHD spectrum

Roxana Sasu and Siegfried Othmer

About the Editor

Hanno W. Kirk, PhD, LICSW, has been a lecturer/trainer for the past 35 years. At various universities he has taught abnormal psychology, sociology, social work, and psychosocial and behavioral issues in medicine. From 2003 to 2007 he gave seminars throughout the United States on "Is it ADHD or Pediatric Bipolar: Differential Diagnosis and Effective Treatment." From 2008 to 2011 he gave nationwide seminars on "End of Life Care: Best Practices and Applied Ethics." He also presented "Creating Sacred Space at the End of Life" at numerous conferences. He is the principal author of Psychosocial and Behavioral Aspects of Medicine. He retired from active teaching and touring in 2011 and is now in private practice in Lewisburg, West Virginia. His practice specializations include children and adolescents with behavioral and autistic spectrum disorders, and persons with trauma issues, including veterans with PTSD and TBI. He has been using neurofeedback in his practice since 2006.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Neurology
MEDICAL / Neuroscience
MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Neuropsychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Neuroscience