Integrative Health Care: Complementary and Alternative Therapies for the Whole Person

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9780803607040: Integrative Health Care: Complementary and Alternative Therapies for the Whole Person

The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a topic on which health-care providers need a firm knowledge base. Studies have shown that patients increasingly are using CAM, but will not discuss it with their health-care provider unless asked specifically about it in a way that indicates that the topic is a comfortable and acceptable one. This text introduces a broad range of therapies, provides basic information about which show evidence of effectiveness and offers detailed CAM case studies, showing how CAM can be integrated into conventional practice. It also offers advice on how health-care providers can improve their own lives by the thoughtful use of CAM principles. The text's key features include extensive tables of specific therapies listing indications and adverse effects; tables for each disorder commonly encountered in primary care, listing alternative therapies that may be effective, with dosages where appropriate; therapies grouped by level of supporting evidence; advice on how to talk to patients about CAM; and concise definitions of the major CAM modalities and how they relate to conventional therapies.

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Dr. Victor S. Sierpina is Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He graduated from the University of Illinois Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine as a James Scholar and completed Family Practice Residency at MacNeal Memorial Hospital in suburban Chicago. Since medical school he has blended holistic medicine, alternative therapies and primary care. His early research on wellness promotion received national attention.

He has practiced in a holistic health center, worked with a group specializing in home birth, and was medical director of a group practice and urgent care center in the Chicago area for several years. His practice and his personal life have long included the study of tai chi, acupuncture,

meditation, Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, nutritional, herbal and mind-body therapies. Fulfilling a life dream, he practiced whole person medicine as “the Country Doc” in a federally designated “frontier” mountain county in Colorado for many years before joining the faculty of UTMB.

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It is authoritative, well-researched, and skillfully written. It is valuable for healthcare professionals and laypersons seeking advice. -- Larry Dossey, MD, Executive Editor, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

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