The American Holistic Health Association Complete Guide to Alternative Medicine

By William Collinge

Warner Books, 361 pages, softcover, 1997
Russian edition: Veche Publishers, Moscow 
E-Book editions: Palm Reader, Microsoft Reader, Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader 

Distinguished by a "star review" from Publishers Weekly...

A New York Review of Books "Reader's Catalog" selection ("the most interesting and informative books in print today"). 

This book will enable you to make informed choices among the established traditions of alternative medicine available in the health care marketplace today: Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, homeopathy, naturopathic medicine, mind/body medicine, osteopathic medicine, chiropractic, and the many varieties of massage therapy and bodywork.  

It includes an inspiring introduction by one of the leading visionaries for the future of health care, Len Duhl, M.D., professor of public health at the University of California, Berkeley. The emphasis throughout the book is on a practical understanding of the principles and philosophy of each tradition. Also included are each tradition's costs, scientific evidence of effectiveness, strengths and limitations, and how to choose a practitioner. 

The book contains many anecdotes and case examples illustrating the use and benefits of the various healing traditions. The concluding chapter explores the new paradigm of "integrative medicine", the creative integration of the best of conventional and alternative medicine. 

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Words of Praise...

" A balanced view and comprehensive scope distinguish 
this guide... a solidly informative compendium." 
-- Publishers Weekly (Star Review) 

"An excellent resource." 
-- Deepak Chopra, M.D. 

"Informative, thorough, and easy to read. It will be of value to all who want to make healthy decisions." 
-- Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of 
Love, Medicine and Miracles 

"A responsible and useful guide to enhance our understandings and choices of alternative medicine. This is a fine piece of work." 
-- Herbert Benson, M.D., President 
Mind/Body Medical Institute, 
Harvard Medical School 

"A very important reference that will assist consumers in their navigation of health options and in achieving results. It will also help mainstream practitioners to understand this field and to be supportive of their patients. I highly recommend it." 
-- Joseph Jacobs, M.D., First Director of the 
Office of Alternative Medicine, 
National Institutes of Health 

"Everything you need to know about alternative medicine in order to make an intelligent, informed choice about your health care." 
-- Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of 
The Power of the Mind to Heal 

"As a physician, I am impressed by the scope and depth of this book. As a consumer of health care I've never read a more accessible and helpful guide to the field of alternative medicine. This book is a real page turner — an education in itself. I recommend it highly." 
-- Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of 
Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom 

"A solid, user-friendly resource to learning about and accessing 
alternative medicine." 
-- Dana Ullman, M.P.H., President 
Foundation for Homeopathic Education and Research, 
author of The Consumer's Guide to Homeopathy 

CONTENTS 
Message from the American Holistic Health Association 
      Suzan V. Walter, President 
Acknowledgments 
Introduction by Len Duhl, M.D., Professor of Public Health, 
      University of Calfornia, Berkeley 
Chapter 1.  The Crisis of Freedom: How Do We Choose? 
Chapter 2. Chinese Medicine: The Cosmic Symphony  
Chapter 3.  Homeopathy: The Grand Provocateur 
Chapter 4.  Naturopathic Medicine: The Great Cornucopia 
Chapter 5.  Ayurveda: The Wisdom of the Ancients 
Chapter 6. Mind/Body Medicine: The Dance of Soma and Psyche  
Chapter 7.  Chiropractic: Opening the Gates 
Chapter 8.  Osteopathic Medicine: Structure and Function as One 
Chapter 9.  Massage Therapy and Bodywork : Healing Through 
         Touch 
Chapter 10. New Choices, New Realities 
Notes 
Index 
About the Author 

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