Introduction To Complementary Medicine by Terry Robson (Allen & Unwin) Providing a sound introduction to the range of treatments and philosophies within the field of complementary and alternative medicine, this book offers a systematic explanation of the philosophies and practices that underpin these medical practices. The rise in popularity of complementary medicine is examined along with challenges of developing a more integrated system of healthcare. Such questions as What is complementary medicine? What evidence is there to support its use? and What can orthodox medicine learn from holistic practice? are answered. Among topics discussed are herbal medicine, massage, aromatherapy, yoga, and ayurveda.
What is complementary medicine? Where is the evidence to support its use? What can orthodox medicine learn from holistic principles? Providing a sound introduction to the range of treatments and philosophies usually termed "complementary and alternative medicine", this book offers a systematic explanation of the philosophies and practices that underpin modern complementary medicine. The book examines the rise in popularity of complementary medicine and discusses the challenges of developing a more integrated system of health care. Drawing on recent research, the text explores the development, application, evidence, contraindications and appropriateness of a wide range of traditional systems of medicine and healing modalities, including: herbal medicine; massage; osteopathy; traditional Chinese medicine; aromatherapy; chiropractic; Ayurveda; yoga; and meditation. Written by researchers, academics and experienced practitioners, it is designed to be used as a reference for students and practitioners in a range of health professions.
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