The Desktop Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine: An Evidence-Based Approach / Edition 2

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The 2nd edition of this highly successful essential clinical reference provides concise, evidence-based information on 69 popular forms of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and 46 common conditions frequently treated with CAM. Each section has a clear and accessible design for quick decision-making, and includes an analysis of the most up-to-date research available. This handy reference also includes a searchable CD-ROM.

· Provides a single authoritative reference source on CAM for health professionals
· Takes a systematic and evidence-based approach
· Offers concise information on CAM diagnostic methods and treatments
· Summarizes clinical trial data on the effectiveness of CAM for specific conditions
· Alerts readers to cases where CAM may be risky or inappropriate
· Weighs up the benefits and risks of each CAM treatment
· Makes recommendations for practice in the context of conventional medical management
· Includes CD-ROM with fully searchable text
· CD-ROM includes links to Medline

· Thoroughly revised, updated and expanded
· Additional forms of CAM therapies and medicine
· Additional conditions frequently treated with CAM
· All literature searches fully updated and hundreds of new trials reviewed

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The authors have been successful in producing a comprehensive and worthwhile guide that can be recomended to all clinicians and anyone else who may want a readily accessible guide."The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, January 2002
book marks a major milestone"Compl Ther Med, January 2002
work of scholarship that impartially presents...the evidence"Health Watch Newsletter, January 2002
authors are to be congratulated for producing this...the first of its kind ...invaluable to the busy essential component of the GP s desktop..."Acupunct Med, January 2002
will refer to [it] every time a patient asks me about an alternative treatment" J Roy Soc Med, January 2001
is the book that can provide the answers
" Med J Aust
anyone who deals with questions from patients about CAM, this book is a must"Eur J Clin Pharmacol publication of this first rate book is a landmark."Holistic Health, No 75
information in this book is oresented in a manner that makes it easyto use in the clinical setting. The strength of the book lies in the Conditions section. References throughout the section assist the reader in finding more information about an area of interest, and the CD ROM makes this task very easy and enjoyable.""Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society, December 2003
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780723433835
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 8/17/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Department of Complementary Medicine, University of Exeter, Royaume-Uni
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Table of Contents

Section 1 Using the book
Bibliography of main reference sources
How to use this book

Section 2 Conditions
AIDS/HIV infection
Alzheimer’s disease
Atopic eczema
Back pain
Benign prostatic hyperplasia
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Chronic heart failure
Chronic venous insufficiency
Crohn’s disease
Drug/alcohol dependence
Erectile dysfunction
Herpes simplex
Herpes zoster
Irritable bowel syndrome
Multiple sclerosis
Nausea and vomiting
Neck pain
Non-ulcer dyspepsia
Peripheral arterial occlusive disease
Premenstrual syndrome
Rheumatoid arthritis
Smoking cessation
Ulcerative colitis
Upper respiratory tract infection

Section 3 Therapies
Alexander technique
Autogenic training
Bach) Flower remedies
Chelation therapy
Craniosacral therapy
Relaxation therapy
Spiritual healing
Tai chi

Section 4 Herbal and non-herbal medicines
Aloe vera
Andrographis (Andrographis paniculata)
Artichoke (Cynara scolymus)
Avocado-soybean unsaponifiables
Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)
Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa)
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus)
Co-enzyme Q10
Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon)
Devil’s claw (Harpagophytum procumbens)
Echinacea (Echinacea spp)
Evening primrose(Oenothera biennis)
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)
Garlic (Allium sativum)
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
Ginseng, Asian (Panax ginseng)
Ginseng, Siberian (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
Grape (Vitis vinifera)
Green tea (Camellia sinensis)
Guar gum (Cyamposis tetragonolobus)
Hawthorn (Crataegus spp)
Hop (Humulus lupulus)
Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
Kava kava (Piper methysticum)
Kombucha (Fungus japonicus)
Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
Milk thistle (Silybum marianum)
Mistletoe (Viscum album)
Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Passion flower (Passiflora incarnata)
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
Red clover (Trifolium pratense)
Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens)
Shark cartilage
St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis,V. edulis)
Willow (Salix spp)
Yohimbe (Pausinystalia johimbe)

Section 5 General topics
5.1 Diagnostic methods
5.2 Prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine use
5.3 Why patients use complementary and alternative medicine
5.4 Legal and ethical issues regarding evidence-based complementary, alternative, and integrative medical therapies
5.5 Safety issues in complementary and alternative medicine
5.6 Cost evaluation of complementary and alternative medicine


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