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Based on an enormous body of research, including new research funded by the National Institutes of Health, The Best Alternative Medicine is the first book to provide authoritative, scientifically based answers to these questions. Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier, Director of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program at the Stanford University School of Medicine, rigorously evaluates the most common forms of alternative medicine and delivers research-based evidence about hundreds of individual treatments, organized both by therapeutic discipline and specific illness and disease. Easy to understand and free of jargon, The Best Alternative Medicine offers definitions, background, and examples of specific treatments from a multitude of therapies, including Mind/Body Medicine, European Herbs, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Spiritual Healing, Acupuncture, Dietary and Nutritional Supplements, and Ayurvedic -- East Indian -- Medicine.
Dr. Pelletier's assessment of a particular approach is threefold, beginning with "What Works," progressing to "What Does Not Work," and concluding with "What's in the Works," where he cites the most promising unpublished and ongoing research inthat field.
For readers who wish to address a specific medical illness or condition, but have no idea what remedies they can rely on, The Best Alternative Medicine also includes a major section organized by condition, with bulleted points of brief, clear, researched information. Alphabetically arranged, this section provides recommendations for prevention and treatment, as well as references to further resources for everything from acne to ear infections, bronchitis to heart disease, and headaches to Parkinson's disease.
Now, more than ever, as alternative medicine moves to the forefront of medical advances, people need the facts to inform their health decisions. Whether you are interested in prevention or are considering treatment for yourself, your patients, or your family, The Best Alternative Medicine will help you make the best choices about complementary and alternative medicine based on the latest researched, essential information.
"...offers definitions, background, and examples of specific treatments for a multitude of therapies, including mind/body medicine, European herbs, traditional Chinese medicine, naturopathy, homeopathy, acupuncture, and more."
Acknowledgments Introduction by Andrew Weil, M.D.
Part I: Major Areas of Treatment
1 Think Horses, Not Zebras
2 Sound Mind, Sound Body: MindBody Medicine Comes of Age
3 Food for Thought: Dietary Supplements, Phytonutrients, and Hormones
4 Traditional Chinese Medicine: Three Thousand Years of Evolution
5 Acupuncture: From Yellow Emperor to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
6 Western Herbal Medicine: Nature's Green Pharmacy
7 Naturopathic Medicine: "Do No Harm"
8 Homeopathy: Like Cures Like
9 Chiropractic: Thigh Bone Connected to the Knee Bone
10 Ayurvedic Medicine and Yoga: From Buddha to the Millennium
11 Spirituality and Healing: As Above...So Below
12 CAM Insurance: Who Pays How Much to Whom for What
13 We're Not in Kansas Anymore: Toward an Integrative Medicine Part II: CAM Therapies for Specific Conditions General Precautions Acne AIDS Alcoholism Allergies Alzheimer's Disease Anxiety Arthritis Asthma Atherosclerosis Attention Deficit Disorder Bedwetting (see Enuresis)
Birth Defects Bronchitis Bruises Buzzing in the Ears (see Tinnitus)
Cancer Cardiovascular (Heart) Disease and Cholesterol Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Cervical Spondylitis Chronic Fatigue Cirrhosis and Alcoholic Liver Disease Colds/Flu Colic Constipation Dementia and/or Memory Loss Dental Craniomandibular Disorder Depression Diabetes Diarrhea Diverticulitis Dyslexia Ear Infection (see Otitis Media)
Eczema Enuresis Epilepsy Eye Disorders Fibromyalgia Gastrointestinal (Stomach and Intestinal Disturbances)
Hay Fever Headaches Heart Conditions High Blood Pressure Impotence Infertility InsomniaIrritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Ischemia Kidney Stones Liver Disease Lupus Memory Disorders Ménire's Disease Menstrual Symptoms, Menopause, and PMS Mononucleosis Nausea Obesity Osteoporosis Otitis Media Pain Parkinson's Disease Prostate or Prostatic Hypertrophy (Prostate Enlargement)
Psoriasis Respiratory Problems Schizophrenia Sciatica Scleroderma Sexual Dysfunction Sinusitis Sprains Substance Abuse f0 Tendinitis Thyroid Dysfunction Tinnitus Tonsillitis Tuberculosis Ulcers Vaginitis Varicose Veins Vertigo Yeast Infections (see Vaginitis)