This is a unique, complete, all-purpose guide to the new age of healthcare, from ancient healing practices to modern medical alternatives. The alternative therapies covered are acupressure, acupuncture, aromatherapy, ayurvedic medicine, body work (massage), chiropractic, herbal therapies (including Chinese herbs), homeopathy, lifestyle (exercise), mind/body therapy such as mediation, nutrition/diet, and osteopathy. The main body is an 800-page alphabetical section devoted to describing over 200 ailments and conditions, with symptoms, causes, prevention, and the various conventional and alternative forms of treatment. In addition, there are descriptions of how conventional medicine and alternative therapies work, general guidelines to health, emergency first aid information, an index of conventional and natural medicines (including hundreds of herbs and homeopathic remedies), a nutrition guide, a directory of health organizations, and a glossary, bibliography, and detailed general index. Illustrated sections cover a visual diagnostic guide, an anatomical atlas, a map of acupressure points, a foot reflexology chart, and a gallery of acupressure techniques and yoga positions. Highly recommended, particularly for small libraries with limited funds seeking to update their health reference section with one purchase.Valerie Vaughan, Hatfield P.L., Mass.