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Smart choices in alternative medicine
First edition.
Publication Information:
Des Moines, IA : Better Homes and Gardens Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
ix, 358 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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R733 .S59 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Handy, easy-to-use A-to-Z format of alternative therapies validated by scientific research. Safety factors highlighted for each therapy.

Author Notes

Better Homes & Gardens Magazine Better Homes and Gardens is a home and family magazine for people who want to make those things the focal points of their lives. It provides the readers with information to make more informed decisions and covers subjects such as education, parenting, travel, gardening, health, cars, money-management and home entertainment. The magazine also includes recipes and home improvement topics from decorating to do-it-yourself projects.

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Library Journal Review

A veritable A-Z (Acupuncture to Yoga) of alternative therapy, this easy-to-read guide provides information on 24 different therapies, plus a chapter on support groups. Each therapy is described in clear and concise language, including how the therapy helps to heal, safety and warnings, advice on how to find the best practitioner, and a list of resources for information and referral. Personal vignettes illustrate the benefits of the particular therapy. Warning that this book is not intended as a substitute for a doctor's advice, the editors urge consultation with a healthcare professional, an increasing number of whom are incorporating nontraditional therapies into their practices for all medical needs. Recommended for consumer health collections.ÄJodith Janes, Cleveland Clinic Foundation (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. VI
Acupuncture: Pathways for Reliefp. 1
Aromatherapy: Making Scents of Healingp. 13
Ayurveda: Traditional Healing From Indiap. 23
Biofeedback: Do-It-Yourself Healingp. 35
Bodywork: Hands-on Healingp. 49
Chinese Medicine: Oriental Wisdomp. 69
Chiropractic: Getting Adjustedp. 79
Food: Fuel for Healingp. 91
Herbs: Green Medicinep. 107
Homeopathy: Triggering the Body to Healp. 125
Hydrotherapy: Liquid Reliefp. 135
Light Therapy: Bright Rays of Healingp. 143
Magnet Therapy: Polarized Treatmentp. 155
Mind-Body Medicine: Mental Magicp. 161
Music and Art Therapy: The Right Notesp. 171
Naturopathy: The Natural Pathp. 185
Osteopathy: A Manipulative Optionp. 195
Relaxation: Pure Stress Reliefp. 207
Support Groups: Helping Each Otherp. 225
Tai Chi and Qigong: Ancient Movements for Modern Maladiesp. 237
Therapeutic Touch: Healing with the Handsp. 249
Vegetarianism: The Meatless Advantagep. 261
Vision Therapy: Exercise for the Eyesp. 273
Walking: The Right Movesp. 285
Yoga: Stretching for Healthp. 297
Appendix Using Alternative Medicine Wiselyp. 310
Bonus Section: Home Remediesp. 321
Indexp. 353