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2nd Edition

Textbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

ISBN 9781842142974
Published August 17, 2006 by Routledge
816 Pages 79 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Complementary and alternative medicine [CAM] therapies are increasingly used in many branches of medicine as an effective and patient-friendly adjunct to conventional treatment.
Based on a successful course at the Pritzker School of Medicine of the University of Chicago, this comprehensive text provides all practitioners, physicians, and allied health workers with a wide-ranging understanding of what CAM can offer, and has detailed chapters on therapies such as herbal medicine, meditation, acupuncture, and osteopathy. Throughout, the content is contemporary, evidence-based, and highly referenced.

Comprising two sections, commonly used therapies and therapies for common medical conditions, the book has been thoroughly revised and updated since the publication of the first edition, with over forty new and expanded chapters. A major section on common medical disorders, with details of which CAM therapies may be most appropriate in their treatment, makes this an outstanding reference for medical students through to physicians interested in CAM methods and in integrating CAM into their everyday practice.

Table of Contents

Definitions and Regulatory Status. Commonly Used Herbal Medicines. Overview of Selected Herbs. Medicinal Herbs of Latin America. Herbal Medicine: Identification, Analysis, and Evaluation Strategies. Ginseng: Beneficial and Potential Adverse Effects. Green Tea. Evidence-Based Use of Vitamin Supplements. Herbal, Food and Drug Interactions. The Story of PC-SPES and Prostate Cancer. Risks of Ephedra-Containing Supplements. Traditional Chinese Medicine. Chinese Herbal Medicine and Formulations. Acupuncture. Tai Chi Qigong. Diet and Nutrition in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Ayurvedic Medical System of India. Yoga. Music Therapy. Meditation. Biofeedback. Religion, Spirituality, and Medicine. Imagery. Belief and the Space of Healing. Energy Medicine. Magnet Therapy. Healing Touch. Chiropractic. Massage. Osteopathic Medicine. Prevention and Treatment with CAM Therapies. Lipid Disorders. Herbal Antioxidants: Potential and Pitfalls. Hawthorn. Chronic Sinusitis. Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Constipation. Obesity. Type 2 Diabetes. Osteoporosis. Male and Female Sexual Dysfunction. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. Mood Disorders, Premenstrual Syndrome, and Mastalgia. Perimenopause, Menopause. Infertility. CAM Therapies Used During Pregnancy, Labor and Delivery. Migraine and Tension Headaches. Insomnia Dementia. Anxiety Disorders. Depression. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Osteoarthritis. Natural Products and Cancer. Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting. Cachexia Associated with Cancer and AIDS. Boost AIDS Patients’ Immune Systems. Preventive Medicine. Pediatric Population. Aging and Geriatrics. RealAge and Vitamins. Herbal Drug Interactions in Surgical Patients. Alternative Sports. Ethical Implications for Clinicians. Information from the Internet: Challenges for Patients and Physicians

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