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Overview


Women have made it clear that they desire a broader, integrative approach to their care. Here, for the first time, Integrative Women's Health weaves together the best of conventional treatments with mind-body interventions, nutritional strategies, herbal therapies, dietary supplements, acupuncture, and manual medicine, providing clinicians with a roadmap for practicing comprehensive integrative care.

Presenting the best evidence in a concise, accessible format, and written exclusively by female clinicians, this text addresses many aspects of women's health, including feminine perspectives on aging, spirituality and sexuality, specific recommendations for the treatment of cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV, headaches, multiple sclerosis, depression, anxiety, and cancer, as well as integrative approaches to premenstrual syndrome, pregnancy, menopause, fibroids, and endometriosis. Homeopathic, Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners provide insight into the ways in which these systems manage reproductive conditions.

As leading educators in integrative medicine, editors Dr. Maizes and Dr. Low Dog demonstrate how clinicians can implement their recommendations in practice, but they also go beyond practical care to examine how to motivate patients, enhance a health history, and understand the spiritual dimensions of healing.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Laura Meints, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This book educates practitioners caring for women about the complementary, alternative, and spiritual aspects of healthcare. Tables, personal anecdotes, and summary points supplement the text.
Purpose: As stated in the preface, the purpose is to tie together traditional ways of understanding and treating disease with Western medical practices to provide integrative healthcare to women. In the process, the authors specifically seek to incorporate the art of medicine and gender-specific attention to disease states. The book aims to provide a broad-based approach to women's health through use of both anecdote and evidence.
Audience: It is intended for health professionals involved in women's health, although it fills a niche (complementary and alternative medicine) within the larger sphere of women's health.
Features: Chapters are separated into thematic subject areas of short length and depth for generalist practitioners. The book, although intended as a guide to women's health, varies between evidence-supported, practical chapters and largely subjective chapters based on the author's opinion. The chapters that use evidence tend to do so to support a particular way of thinking about the chapter's subject, rather than presenting all available evidence. Nonetheless, for practitioner seeking a basic introduction to integrative medicine as it relates to women, this is a good starting guide. The book covers lifestyle contributors to health and wellness (nutrition, dietary supplements, physical activity, mind-body therapies), world systems and philosophies related to disease (traditional Chinese medicine, energy medicine, homeopathy), reproductive health (premenstrual syndrome, the role of stress in infertility, chronic pelvic pain, menopause), and common illnesses in women (urinary tract infections, headaches, anxiety, eating disorders, osteoporosis). Concise sectioning of information in the chapters and good tables are the highlight of this book. There is much innovative information as it relates to the mind-body connection in health.
Assessment: This book superficially reaches its goals of educating the reader about integrative medicine. It only briefly describes topics, and the opinion-based chapters offer a single approach to integrative care. That said, I would recommend the book for someone new to integrative medicine as a basic introduction.
From the Publisher

"For practitioner seeking a basic introduction to integrative medicine as it relates to women, this is a good starting guide. The book covers lifestyle contributors to health and wellness (nutrition, dietary supplements, physical activity, mind-body therapies), world systems and philosophies related to disease (traditional Chinese medicine, energy medicine, homeopathy), reproductive health (premenstrual syndrome, the role of stress in infertility,
chronic pelvic pain, menopause), and common illnesses in women (urinary tract infections, headaches, anxiety, eating disorders, osteoporosis). Concise sectioning of information in the chapters and good tables are the highlight of this book. There is much innovative information as it relates to the mind-body connection in health."--Doody's

"Integrative Women's Health resonates with warmth, care, and empathy, from the foreword by series editor Andrew Weil, MD, to the editors' introductory chapter and epilogue, and throughout the contributing authors' chapters...Written by women, primarily for women, this book provides a powerful and practical set of guidelines for an integrative, celebratory, whole person approach to women's health." --HerbalGram

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195378818
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/26/2010
  • Series: WEIL INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE LIBRARY Series
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 1,357,108
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Victoria Maizes, MD, is Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona

Tieraona Low Dog, MD, is the Director of the Fellowship at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona

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Table of Contents

Part I. Lifestyle

1) Philosophy of Integrative Women's Health - Tieraona Low Dog and Victoria Maizes
2) Nutrition - Wendy Kohatsu
3) Dietary supplements - Mary Hardy
4) Physical activity - Patricia Lebensohn
5) Mind-Body practices - Rita Benn
6) Women, Soul Wounds and Integrative Medicine - Beverly Lanzetta

Part II. Systems and Modalities
7) Traditional Chinese Medicine - Leslie McGee
8) Ayurveda - Prema Patel
9) Energy Medicine - Ann Marie Chiasson
10) Homeopathy - Pam Pappas and Iris Bell
11) Manual medicine - Cheryl Hawk and Raheleh Khorsan

Part III. Reproductive Health
12) Premenstrual Syndrome - Daphne Miller
13) Vaginitis - Priscilla Abercrombie
14) Pregnancy and Lactation - Jacqueline Paytel
15) Perinatal depression - Marlene Freeman
16) The role of stress in infertility - Beate Ditzen, Tammy Louckes, Sarah Berga
17) Polycystic Ovary Syndrome - Bridget Bongaard
18) Endometriosis - MargEva Morris Cole
19) Chronic Pelvic Pain - Bettina Herbert
20) Uterine Fibroids - Jo Perron
21) Cervical cancer - Lise Alschuler
22) Breast cancer - Susan Love and Dixie Mills
23) Menopause - Tori Hudson
24) Sexuality - Lana Holstein

Part IV. Common Illnesses in Women
25) Urinary Tract Infections - Priscilla Abercrombie
26) Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Cynthia Robertson
27) Headaches - Kelly McCann
28) Fibromyalgia - Chronic fatigue Melinda Ring
29) Rheumatoid arthritis - Nisha Manek
30) Multiple Sclerosis - Patty Ammon
31) HIV - Karen Konkel
32) Anxiety - Robbie Lee
33) Depression - Naomi Lam and Sudha Prathikanti
34) Eating disorders - Carolyn Ross
35) Cardiovascular health - Vivian Kominos
36) Osteoporosis - Louise Gagne
37) Aging - Birgit Rakel and Elizabeth R. Mackenzie
38) Women's Health: An Epilogue - Tieraona Low Dog and Victoria Maizes

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