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Accessible enough for the novice and exhaustive enough to serve as a one-stop reference for holistic medicine (as well as general good health), this guide offers thorough and straightforward information on this burgeoning field. More and more people are discovering the efficacy of holistic medicine in treating illness, but as the book points out, one of the main tenets is preventing illness. This guide will show you how.
Whereas the goal of traditional medicine is to eradicate symptoms of disease with medication, holistic medicine targets the cause of the disease, utilizing one or any combination of therapies or subcategories, such as nutritional, environmental, and naturopathic medicine; homeopathy; acupuncture; Ayurveda; and yoga. Placing equal emphasis on the health of mind, body, and soul, holistic medicine is increasingly being sought out for its all-encompassing approach to health -- not to mention its cost-effectiveness.
Complete with a primer on the history of holistic healing and extensive chapters on each of the major holistic therapies, this book is a wellspring of valuable information for achieving complete well-being, preventing disease, and drastically improving your quality of life. Even readers who are reluctant to devote themselves to a holistic way of living (despite evidence that it is highly effective) will find a great deal of basic information that can be incorporated easily into everyday life -- lists of essential vitamins and minerals, techniques for cultivating a healthy attitude and avoiding stress, and ways to combat the detrimental effects of the environment.
Comprehensive, well-written, and enlightening, this is the book readers will want to have on hand as the field of holistic medicine continues to receive recognition and gain popularity. (Karen Burns)