Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Pageburst Digital Book (Retail Access Card) / Edition 4

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This is a Pageburst digital textbook; 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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Editorial Reviews

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"The book offers detailed descriptions of various tradition-based and speculation-based modalities for healing."

FACT, December 2010

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455736591
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 4/15/2010
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 624

Table of Contents


Section One: Foundations

  1. Characteristics of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  2. Translation from Conventional Medicine
  3. Issues in Integrative Medicine
  4. Ecological Pharmacology NEW!
  5. Social and Cultural Factors in Medicine
  6. Vitalism
  7. Section Two: Mind, Body and Spirit

  8. Mind-Body Thought and Practice in Early and Late America NEW!
  9. Neurohumoral Physiology and PNI
  10. Mind-Body Modalities
  11. Energy Medicine NEW!
  12. Biophysical Devices: Electricity, Light and Magnetism
  13. The Arts in Medicine
  14. Creative and Expressive Therapies NEW!
  15. Humor
  16. Section Three: Manual Therapies

  17. Principles of Bodywork: Manual and Manipulative Therapies NEW!
  18. Massage and Touch Therapies NEW!
  19. Osteopathy
  20. Chiropractic
  21. Reflexology NEW!
  22. Shiatsu
  23. Section Four: Alternative Western Therapies

  24. Naturopathic Medicine
  25. Western Herbalism, with Appendix: Common Herbs in Clinical Practice
  26. Aromatherapy
  27. Homeopathy
  28. Nutrition & Hydration NEW!
  29. Section Five: Traditional Ethnomedical Systems: Asia

  30. Traditional Medicine of China, with Appendix: Chinese Herbs
  31. Acupuncture NEW!
  32. Qi Gong
  33. Tibetan Medicine
  34. Traditional Medicine of India: Ayur Veda & Siddha NEW!
  35. Unani Medicine NEW!
  36. Yoga
  37. Contemporary Ayur Veda NEW!
  38. Sufism and Rapid Healing
  39. Section Six: Traditional Ethnomedical Systems: Africa and the Americas

  40. Indigenous Knowledge Systems-Southern African Healing
  41. Native American Healing, with Appendix: Native American Herbs
  42. South American Spiritism NEW!
  43. Latin American Curanderismo
  44. Global Perspectives NEW!
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