Alternative Medicine: What Works

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Americans spent an astounding $13.7 billion on alternative medical treatments in 1990, a figure that's certainly grown since then. But do these therapies work? That's the question this book answers. In clean, clear, accessible language, it evaluates 600+ studies on more than two dozen kinds of alternative and complementary treatments. Instead of vague generalities and anecdotal evidence, this book gives you scientific proof that many alternative therapies are indeed effective. (When they aren't, it points that ...
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Overview

Americans spent an astounding $13.7 billion on alternative medical treatments in 1990, a figure that's certainly grown since then. But do these therapies work? That's the question this book answers. In clean, clear, accessible language, it evaluates 600+ studies on more than two dozen kinds of alternative and complementary treatments. Instead of vague generalities and anecdotal evidence, this book gives you scientific proof that many alternative therapies are indeed effective. (When they aren't, it points that out too.) Easy for a layperson to read, it's also rigorous enough to change the mind of the most hidebound conventional MD. Convince your doctor that it makes sense to try just one low-cost, low-impact alternative to a traditional medical procedure - or save yourself the time and money you might have spent on a dubious alternative treatment - and this book will have paid for itself many times over.

A comprehensive review of the scientific evidence for and against unconventional medical treatments, Alternative Medicine: What Works is easy for laypeople to read yet rigorous enough to convince the most hidebound M.D. Clear, accessible terminology provides scientific proof that any alternative treatments are indeed effective.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781878825551
  • Publisher: Odonian Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/1996
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Scientific Terms Explained 8
Note to Medical Professionals 17
Acupuncture 20
Ayurveda and Yoga 36
Biofeedback 41
Chiropractic, etc. 47
Dietary Supplements and Nutrition 61
Exercise 94
Herbs 101
Homeopathy 126
Hypnosis and Imagery 139
Massage and Bodywork 147
The Mind/Body Connection 158
Relaxation and Meditation 167
Spiritual Healing and Energy Work 175
Miscellaneous Therapies 180
Sources for Referrals 200
References 202
Index 232
Acknowledgements 252
About the Author 255
Other Books from Odonian Press 256
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