Complementary and Alternative Medicine Sourcebook, 5th Ed.

Health Reference Series

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Sourcebook, 5th Ed.

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Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies play a key role in the health care of many Americans. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine reports that about four in 10 adults and about one in nine children in the United States use some form of CAM. Alone or in conjunction with mainstream medicine, CAM is used to treat an increasing variety of diseases and conditions.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Sourcebook, 5th Edition, provides information for those considering these therapies for general well being or for specific health conditions. It describes whole medical systems as well as a variety of CAM therapies; and it discusses the safe use of dietary supplements.

This book is divided into parts and chapters. Parts focus on broad areas of interest. Chapters are devoted to single topics within a part.

Part I: An Overview of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) defines CAM, identifies common therapies, and answers questions consumers often have about choosing a CAM practitioner and paying for treatments. Information and statistics on CAM use in specific populations, including children and the elderly, is also included, along with tips on avoiding health fraud and spotting internet scams.

Part II: Alternative Medicine Systems describes whole medical systems practiced in cultures throughout the world that evolved separately from conventional medicine as it is practiced in the United States. These include Ayurvedic medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy and other indigenous medical systems including Traditional Chinese medicine and Native American medicine.

Part III: Dietary Supplements identifies vitamins, minerals, herbs and botanicals, and other food and dietary substances taken to improve health or nutrition. Readers will also find tips on ensuring supplement safety and selecting specific products to support bone and joint health, immune system functioning, mood regulation, and weight loss efforts.

Part IV: CAM Therapies discusses a wide range of therapies that fall outside the domain of conventional medical practices. CAM practices include biologically-based therapies that strive to enhance or improve health using substances found in nature; Mind-Body medicine, which describes CAM techniques that focus on using the mind to improve health, such as yoga, meditation, music therapy, prayer and spirituality; Manipulative and Body-based therapies such as massage therapy, chiropractic care and osteopathic manipulation, reflexology; Energy-based therapies which include Chi-based therapies such as Qi gong, Feng Shui, Tai Chi, Shiatsu, Tuina, and Reiki.

Part V: Alternative Treatments for Specific Diseases and Conditions highlights scientific research of CAM therapies for treating arthritis, asthma and allergies, cancer, chronic pain, dementia, diabetes, eye conditions, fibromyalgia, headache, heart disease, hepatitis, irritable bowel syndrome, low back pain and sleep disorders. The use of CAM for treating mental health problems, including stress and addiction, is also discussed.

Part VI: Additional Help and Information provides latest research and news releases about the developments in CAM and a glossary of important terms related to CAM. A directory of organizations that provide information to consumers about complementary and alternative therapies is also included.

Standard Features

  • Library binding, 6 x 9
  • 550-650 pages per volume
  • Easy-to-use volumes organized into parts and chapters
  • Parts focus on broad areas of interest; chapters focus on single topics within a part
  • Authoritative content from respected government agencies and institutes, along with selected original material
  • Comprehensive chapters feature generous use of headings and subheadings for ease of navigation
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations display statistical data and supplement explanations
  • Helpful glossary provides definitions of technical terms
  • Resource directories with contact information highlight organizations that can provide further information and support
  • Professionally prepared master index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts