Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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Elsevier Health Sciences, Apr 1, 2010 - Medical - 624 pages
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Focusing on emerging therapies and those best supported by clinical trials and scientific evidence, Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine describes some of the most prevalent and the fastest-growing CAM therapies in use today. Prominent author Dr. Marc Micozzi provides a complete overview of CAM, creating a solid foundation and context for therapies in current practice. Coverage of systems and therapies includes mind, body, and spirit; traditional Western healing; and traditional ethnomedical systems from around the world. Discussions include homeopathy, massage and manual therapies, chiropractic, a revised chapter on osteopathy, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, naturopathic medicine, and nutrition and hydration. With its wide range of topics, this is the ideal CAM reference for both students and practitioners!

  • An evidence-based approach focuses on treatments best supported by clinical trials and scientific evidence.
  • Coverage of CAM therapies and systems includes those most commonly encountered or growing in popularity, so you carefully evaluate each treatment.
  • Global coverage includes discussions of traditional healing arts from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
  • Longevity in the market makes this a classic, trusted text.
  • Expert contributors include well-known writers such as Kevin Ergil, Patch Adams, Joseph Pizzorno, Victor Sierpina, and Marc Micozzi himself.
  • Suggested readings and references in each chapter list the best resources for further research and study.
  • New, expanded organization covers the foundations of CAM, traditional Western healing, and traditional ethnomedical systems from Asia, Africa, and the Americas, putting CAM in perspective and making it easier to understand CAM origins and contexts.
  • NEW content includes legal and operational issues in integrative medicine, creative and expressive arts therapies, ecological pharmacology, hydration, mind-body thought and practice in America, osteopathy, reflexology, South American healing, traditional medicines of India, and Unani medicine.
  • Revised and updated chapters include aromatherapy, classical acupuncture, energy medicine, biophysical devices (electricity, light, and magnetism), massage and touch therapies, traditional osteopathy, reflexology, vitalism, and yoga.
  • New research studies explain how and why CAM therapies work, and also demonstrate that they do work, in areas such as acupuncture, energy healing, and mind-body therapies.
  • Expanded content on basic sciences includes biophysics, ecology, ethnomedicine, neurobiology, and pschoneuroimmunology, providing the scientific background needed to learn and practice CAM and integrative medicine.
  • Expanded coverage of nutrition and hydration includes practical information on Vitamin D and healthy hydration with fluid and electrolytes.
 

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Contents

Front matter
Alternative Medicine
Mind Body and Spirit
MINDBODY MODALITIES
ENERGY MEDICINE
BIOPHYSICAL DEVICES
CREATIVE AND EXPRESSIVE THERAPIES
HUMOR
NUTRITION AND HYDRATION
Traditional Ethnomedical Systems Asia
TRADITIONAL MEDICINE OF CHINA
Acupuncture
QI GONG
TRADITIONAL MEDICINE OF INDIA AYURVEDA AND SIDDHA
UNANI MEDICINE
YOGA

Manual Therapies Chapter 15PRINCIPLES OF BODYWORK MANUAL AND MANIPULATIVE THERAPIES
MASSAGE AND TOUCH THERAPIES
OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE
CHIROPRACTIC
REFLEXOLOGY
SHIATSU
NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE
WESTERN HERBALISM
AROMATHERAPY
HOMEOPATHY
CONTEMPORARY AYURVEDA
SUFISM AND RAPID HEALING
Traditional Ethnomedical Systems
INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS
NATIVE AMERICAN HEALING
SOUTH AMERICAN SPIRITISM
LATIN AMERICAN CURANDERISMO
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
Common Herbs in Clinical and Popular Use Native American Medicinal Plants
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Marc S. Micozzi, M.D., Ph.D., is adjunct professor of pharmacology and physiology at Georgetown University School of Medicine and the founding director of the Policy Institute for Integrative Medicine in Washington, D.C. The author and editor of "Fundamentals of Complementary & Alternative Medicine" and coauthor of "The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion", "Your Emotional Type, New World Mindfulness, " and "Avicenna's Medicine, " he lives in Bethesda, Maryland, and Rockport, Massachusetts.

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