A Woman's Complete Guide to Natural Health

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The most comprehensive and up-to-date A-to-Z reference to natural treatments for women.

For ten years, Lynne Paige Walker worked as a pharmacist. Dissatisfied with conventional medications and their side effects, however, she left traditional medicine and became a practitioner of alternative medicine. Here she found that nature offered all the treatments she needed-without the side effects.

In Nature's Pharmacy for Women, Walker and Brown combine their experience in conventional and alternative medicine to create a comprehensive, accessible guide to natural healing that addresses the specific needs and concerns of women at every age and stage of life. Beginning with an overview of women's bodies, their hormones, and a variety of natural approaches designed to keep them in balance, the book then reviews more than 140 of women's most common complaints, explaining each illness, its associated symptoms, and the safest and most effective treatments. Drawing from and comparing a number of treatment options-including drugs, herbs, nutritional supplements, homeopathic remedies, Chinese patent medicines, flower essences, and essential oils-this reference allows women to choose the most appropriate and safest therapies for their individual needs.

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A Woman's Complete Guide to Natural Health aims to help women keep their bodies in balance using a variety of natural healing modalities. Authors Lynne Paige Walker--pharmacist and expert in homeopathy, Chinese medicine, and acupuncture--and medical writer Ellen Hodgson Brown discuss women's hormones and the problems with synthetic HRT, recommending plant hormone alternatives and naturopathic approaches to address the underlying causes of hormone imbalance and reduce toxic chemical and heavy metal buildup. Most of the book is a compendium of 140 women's ailments, from acne to yeast infections, describing the shortcomings of conventional treatments and recommending natural remedies: Chinese medicine, herbs, flower essences, homeopathy, and nutritional supplements. Most ailments get just 1 to 3 pages due to the number of conditions covered. Still, there's plenty of information to digest. For high blood pressure, for example, the authors present data on the side effects and problematic results of hypertension medications, then recommend herbs such as hawthorn berry complex and dandelion leaf, homeopathy, nutritional supplements such as coenzyme Q-10, and relaxation techniques Bibliographic notes are included. It would have been helpful to offer recommended resources, particularly useful Web sites. Recommended for women who wish to pursue natural remedies and need a place to start. --Joan Price

About the Author:

Lynne Paige Walker is a doctor of pharmacy, a doctor of homeopathy, a master of Chinese medicine, and a licensed acupuncturist. She is also the owner of Sun Valley Herb Company.

Ellen Hodgson Brown is a medical writer who has written or cowritten nine books in the field of alternative health care, including The Alternative Pharmacy.

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