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Overview

Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Psychiatry will start psychiatrists and other mental health professionals on the journey toward a more complete understanding of the most common CAM treatments in use today.

The alternative therapies discussed in this book pre-date our own conventional treatments by hundreds and even thousands of years. These therapies have been "conventional" medicine for hundred of millions of people who have used them throughout the centuries, and people continue to use them today.

One of the few texts that provides an academic and practical review of complementary and alternative medicine, the book is written from the perspective of clinicians who practice in both traditional and alternative medicine. The book covers the major areas in CAM, including herbal medicine and nutrients, acupuncture, meditative therapies, and yoga. It provides the most important and up-to-date scientific data along with controversies that exist in the field. With all of the chapters extensively referenced, the book will serve as a tremendous resource for those interested in exploring these areas in greater depth.

As evidenced by the statistics, patients today are taking increasingly active roles in managing their health care. They are using CAM therapies in the medical setting along with or in place of conventional treatment. They are using them for promoting wellness; for chronic conditions which they feel do not respond well to conventional approaches; and for more serious illnesses, as evidenced by the large number of inquiries being sent to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Psychiatry contains a thorough review of problems that may be encountered by the physicians treating these patients, and it also serves as a guide in advising patients who are seeking out CAM therapies.

This book will appeal to a wide audience of professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nonpsychiatric physicians, and residents by providing a guide for treatment with nutrients and botanical preparations and the foundation for the use of meditation, acupuncture and yoga along with traditional psychiatric treatment.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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Editorial Reviews

David A. Baron

Unlike many of the available texts on complementary and alternative medicine, this one has no edge or political agenda. It presents an easy-to-read overview of the current information, with appropriate criticism of the many design flaws commonly encountered in complementary and alternative medicine research.

Blackwell Science Asia

Practitioners of alternative medicines and consumers will benefit from reading this first book on a highly relevant subject.

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Cindy L. Gilbert, MSW, LSW (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: As part of the American Psychiatric Association's Review of Psychiatry series, this book is an intriguing look into the world of alternative or non-traditional treatments for a variety of psychiatric ailments ranging from affective disorders to sexual dysfunction. The editor includes several Internet addresses in his introduction for those who want additional information.
Purpose: According to the editor the purpose is to enlighten practitioners regarding a number of popular "alternative" therapies, including yoga, acupuncture, and a plethora of herbal treatments such as St. John's Wort, Kava, and Valerian, to name a few. The book is not intended as a comprehensive resource on the subject of alternative treatments, but rather as an aid to assist clinicians in answering patients' questions about these treatments.
Audience: While many individuals in the helping professions will find this collection interesting and instructive, the intended audience is practicing psychiatrists and psychotherapists. Still, the level of writing is accessible to students and laypersons as well.
Features: In five dense chapters, the editor provides a thorough review of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Topics included are: a useful examination of numerous herbs and nutrients and their potential in treating psychiatric illness; using acupuncture to address mental health issues; yoga and allopathic medicine; uses of meditation in psychiatry; and the impact these alternative treatments may have on the doctor-patient relationship. The chapter on the use of herbs and nutrients in psychiatry is particularly helpful in that the contributors offer summaries of numerous empirical studies on a variety of treatments. This includes dosage, preparation and side effect information, and specific brand-name recommendations. Each contributor to this volume is an expert in his or her field. Each chapter contains helpful diagrams, charts, or illustrations and is well referenced.
Assessment: The editor has taken on the considerable challenge of distilling fact from the variety of myths and wives' tales that exist about non-allopathic, non-Western medicine. This is an excellent starting point for practitioners who are curious about CAM to begin learning more, as well as for practitioners who eschew all that is not "scientific" to begin letting go of their prejudices.
Cindy L. Gilbert
As part of the American Psychiatric Association's Review of Psychiatry series, this book is an intriguing look into the world of alternative or non-traditional treatments for a variety of psychiatric ailments ranging from affective disorders to sexual dysfunction. The editor includes several Internet addresses in his introduction for those who want additional information. According to the editor the purpose is to enlighten practitioners regarding a number of popular "alternative" therapies, including yoga, acupuncture, and a plethora of herbal treatments such as St. John's Wort, Kava, and Valerian, to name a few. The book is not intended as a comprehensive resource on the subject of alternative treatments, but rather as an aid to assist clinicians in answering patients' questions about these treatments. While many individuals in the helping professions will find this collection interesting and instructive, the intended audience is practicing psychiatrists and psychotherapists. Still, the level of writing is accessible to students and laypersons as well. In five dense chapters, the editor provides a thorough review of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Topics included are: a useful examination of numerous herbs and nutrients and their potential in treating psychiatric illness; using acupuncture to address mental health issues; yoga and allopathic medicine; uses of meditation in psychiatry; and the impact these alternative treatments may have on the doctor-patient relationship. The chapter on the use of herbs and nutrients in psychiatry is particularly helpful in that the contributors offer summaries of numerous empirical studies on a variety of treatments. This includesdosage, preparation and side effect information, and specific brand-name recommendations. Each contributor to this volume is an expert in his or her field. Each chapter contains helpful diagrams, charts, or illustrations and is well referenced. The editor has taken on the considerable challenge of distilling fact from the variety of myths and wives' tales that exist about non-allopathic, non-Western medicine. This is an excellent starting point for practitioners who are curious about CAM to begin learning more, as well as for practitioners who eschew all that is not "scientific" to begin letting go of their prejudices.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880481748
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Series: Review of Psychiatry
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip R. Muskin, M.D., is Chief of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center; Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons; and on the faculty of the Columbia University Psychoanalytic Center for Training and Research in New York, New York.

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Table of Contents

Foreword. Introduction to Herbs and Hermenutics. Integrative psychopharmacology: a practical approach to herbs and nutrients in psychiatry. Acupuncture for mental health. Uses of yoga in psychiatry and medicine. Meditation and psychotherapy: stress, allostasis, and enriched learning. Complementary medicine: implications toward medical treatment and the patient--physician relationship. Afterword. Index.

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