The Desktop Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine: An Evidence-Based Approach

The Desktop Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine: An Evidence-Based Approach


Edited by Professor Edzard Ernst, Edited by Max H. Pittler, Edited by Barbara Wider


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  • Publisher: Mosby
  • Format: Paperback | 576 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 234mm x 24mm | 921g
  • Publication date: 17 August 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0723433836
  • ISBN 13: 9780723433835
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 311,839

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The 2nd edition of this highly successful essential clinical reference provides concise, evidence-based information on 69 popular forms of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and 46 common conditions frequently treated with CAM. Each section has a clear and accessible design for quick decision-making, and includes an analysis of the most up-to-date research available. This handy reference also includes a searchable CD-ROM.

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Table of contents

Section 1 Using the book Methods Bibliography of main reference sources How to use this book Section 2 Conditions Acne AIDS/HIV infection Alzheimer's disease Anxiety Asthma Atopic eczema Back pain Benign prostatic hyperplasia Cancer Chronic fatigue syndrome Chronic heart failure Chronic venous insufficiency Constipation Crohn's disease Depression Diabetes Drug/alcohol dependence Erectile dysfunction Fibromyalgia Hangover Hayfever Headache Hepatitis Herpes simplex Herpes zoster Hypercholesterolemia Hypertension Insomnia Irritable bowel syndrome Labor Menopause Migraine Multiple sclerosis Nausea and vomiting Neck pain Non-ulcer dyspepsia Osteoarthritis Overweight/obesity Peripheral arterial occlusive disease Premenstrual syndrome Rheumatoid arthritis Smoking cessation Stroke Tinnitus Ulcerative colitis Upper respiratory tract infection Section 3 Therapies Acupuncture Alexander technique Aromatherapy Autogenic training Bach) Flower remedies Biofeedback Chelation therapy Chiropractic Craniosacral therapy Herbalism Homeopathy Hypnotherapy Massage Meditation Naturopathy Osteopathy Reflexology Relaxation therapy Spiritual healing Tai chi Yoga Section 4 Herbal and non-herbal medicines Aloe vera Andrographis (Andrographis paniculata) Artichoke (Cynara scolymus) Avocado-soybean unsaponifiables Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa) Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) Chitosan Chondroitin Co-enzyme Q10 Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) Devil's claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) Echinacea (Echinacea spp) Evening primrose(Oenothera biennis) Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) Garlic (Allium sativum) Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) Ginseng, Asian (Panax ginseng) Ginseng, Siberian (Eleutherococcus senticosus) Glucosamine Grape (Vitis vinifera) Green tea (Camellia sinensis) Guar gum (Cyamposis tetragonolobus) Hawthorn (Crataegus spp) Hop (Humulus lupulus) Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) Kava kava (Piper methysticum) Kombucha (Fungus japonicus) Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) Melatonin Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) Mistletoe (Viscum album) Nettle (Urtica dioica) Passion flower (Passiflora incarnata) Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) Phytoestrogens Propolis Red clover (Trifolium pratense) Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) Shark cartilage St John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) Valerian (Valeriana officinalis,V. edulis) Willow (Salix spp) Yohimbe (Pausinystalia johimbe) Section 5 General topics 5.1 Diagnostic methods 5.2 Prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine use 5.3 Why patients use complementary and alternative medicine 5.4 Legal and ethical issues regarding evidence-based complementary, alternative, and integrative medical therapies 5.5 Safety issues in complementary and alternative medicine 5.6 Cost evaluation of complementary and alternative medicine Index