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Understanding Alternative Medicine : New Health Paths in America - Virginia M. Tyler

Understanding Alternative Medicine

New Health Paths in America

Paperback Published: 7th January 2000
ISBN: 9780789009029
Number Of Pages: 132

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Understanding Alternative Medicine: New Health Paths in America provides health professionals and educators with insight into the growing use and social acceptance of alternative medicines in the United States today. This book discusses the political, economic, and scientific implications of multicultural medicine in American society and provides you with specific information on the use of alternative medicines in the United States. With this complete and comprehensive guide, you will discover the safety and efficacy of alternative medicines, therapies, and philosophies to offer your patients the best possible care for their ailments.Intelligent and informative, Understanding Alternative Medicine examines several different philosophies that alternative treatments are based on, such as Shamanism, Ayurvedic Medicine, and traditional chinese medicine and discusses some of the negative consequences of these practices on both the plant and animal kingdoms. This essential book will provide you with a variety of medical suggestions to improve your patients'health while examining present issues surrounding alternative medicine, including: realizing the environmental impact on endangered plants and animals used as ingredients in traditional and herbal medicines to help you understand the negative effects on the world while balancing the positive effects for the human population understanding the economic growth and social acceptance of the alternative health industry and its move into mainstream society examining why, according to some doctors'opinions, the United States Food and Drug Administration continues to be unsuccessful in its efforts to properly evaluate the safety and efficacy of alternative medicineThrough this essential book, you will discover how American medicine has diversified among accepted medical practices as well as medical practitioners and that these trends are beginning to change American health care practices and procedures. Understanding Alternative Medicine offers proof on how these changes have influenced the growing availability, awareness, and use of traditional medicines in order to expand your options for patient care and help people live improved and healthier lives.

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Diversity in American Medicinep. 1
Philosophical Differencesp. 7
Shamanismp. 8
Traditional Chinese Medicinep. 10
Ayurvedic Medicinep. 21
Herbs and the Ice Manp. 24
TCM Use and Endangered Speciesp. 27
The Trade in Bear Partsp. 28
Aphrodisiacsp. 31
Bear Farms and Parksp. 33
Ginseng: Poaching or Harvesting?p. 36
The Economic Growth and Social Acceptance of Alternative/Herbal Medicines in the United Statesp. 43
Safety and Efficacyp. 44
Herbal Politicsp. 50
Herbal Businessp. 57
AMA and Alternativesp. 59
Alternative Insurancep. 62
"Like Two Wings of a Bird"?p. 65
Medicine, Authority, and Wealthp. 67
The RCT Standard and Recent Studiesp. 70
Acupuncture and Placebo Effectp. 75
Placebos, Spontaneous Remissions, and Nonspecific Factors in Healingp. 79
Approaching Therapyp. 82
Approaching Painp. 83
Four Features of Effective Therapyp. 84
Herbal Medicine: The German Examplep. 93
Bibliographyp. 101
Indexp. 107
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ISBN: 9780789009029
ISBN-10: 0789009021
Series: Behavioral Science Book Club Selection! Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 132
Published: 7th January 2000
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1