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The Arthritis Foundation's guide to alternative therapies
Horstman, Judith.
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Atlanta, GA : Arthritis Foundation, [1999]

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xvii, 285 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Discusses alternative treatments for arthritis.

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Library Journal Review

No longer content with merely warning patients about possibly dangerous treatments, the Arthritis Foundation has compiled a valuable guide "to the most-used complementary therapies for arthritis." Many experts in the fields of arthritis and alternative therapies contributed information to this thorough and well-organized book, which stresses the combination of conventional Western medicine and alternative therapies. Each chapter "describes the therapy and how it is used, the scientific evidence about the therapy, expert opinion of the therapy, how to find a practitioner, what the therapy costs, [and] resources on how and where to learn more." The work relies heavily on biomedical scientific data, which should appeal to health professionals seeking information on the efficacy of specific therapies. Appendixes cover basic information on different forms of arthritis and provide extensive lists of citations, recommended readings, and web sites. Nicely illustrated and neatly laid out, this is recommended for all consumer health collections.ÄLisa McCormick, Jewish Hosp. Lib., Cincinnati (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Prologuep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
Patient Advicep. 8
Working with Your Doctor and Complementary Medicinep. 11
How to Use this Bookp. 14
For Medical Professionalsp. 22
1 Alternative Healing Systems: Other Approaches to Health and Healingp. 27
Ayurveda: The Wisdom of the Bodyp. 29
Chinese Medicine: Balancing Vital Energyp. 33
Naturopathic Medicine: The Healing Power of Naturep. 37
Osteopathic Medicine: Hands-On Therapyp. 40
Chiropractic: Aligning the Spinep. 43
Homeopathy: The Law of Similarsp. 47
2 Mind, Body and Spirit: Creating a United Frontp. 53
Meditationp. 62
Biofeedbackp. 68
Visualization and Guided Imageryp. 71
Hypnosisp. 75
Relaxation Techniquesp. 78
Stress Reduction and Relaxation Programsp. 85
3 Prayer and Spirituality: The Role of Faithp. 89
4 Moving Medicine: Gentle Exercise Alternativesp. 97
Yogap. 100
Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gongp. 107
Alexander, Feldenkrais and Tragerp. 111
5 Massage and Bodywork: The Healing Power of Touchp. 117
A Quick Guide to Bodyworkp. 119
6 Acupuncture and Acupressure Stimulating Energy Pointsp. 135
7 Miscellaneous Therapies: Bees, Bracelets, Lasers and Magnetsp. 147
Bee Venom Therapyp. 148
Copper Braceletsp. 151
Low Energy Laser Therapyp. 152
Magnet Therapyp. 154
Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapyp. 156
8 Food and Arthritis: The Diet Connectionp. 159
The Facts About Arthritis Dietsp. 162
Diet Changes that Might Helpp. 168
9 Nature's Remedies: Herbs and Supplements for Arthritisp. 175
Aloe (Aloe vera, Aloe barbadensis)p. 190
Avocado/Soybean Oilp. 191
Ayurvedic Remediesp. 192
Boronp. 193
Boswellia (Boswellia serrata)p. 194
Bromelain (Ananas comosus, or pineapple)p. 195
Cat's Claw (Uncaria tomentosa)p. 196
Cayenne or Red Repper (Capsicum)p. 197
Chinese Herbsp. 198
Chondroitin Sulfatep. 199
CMO (cetyl myristoleate; cerasomal-cis-9-cetylmyristoleate)p. 200
Collagenp. 201
Copperp. 203
Devil's Claw (Harpogophytum procumbens)p. 204
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone)p. 205
DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide)p. 206
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia)p. 208
Fish Oilp. 209
Flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum)p. 211
Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA; evening primrose oil and borage oil)p. 212
Gin-Soaked Raisinsp. 214
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)p. 214
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)p. 215
Ginsengp. 216
American ginseng: Panax quinquefolius
Asian Ginseng: Panax ginseng
Siberian ginseng: Eleutherococcus senticosus
Glucosaminep. 217
Green Tea (Camellia sinensis)p. 219
Guaifenesinp. 220
Kava Kava (Piper methysticum)p. 221
Magnesiump. 221
Melatoninp. 222
MSM (methyl sulfonyl methane)p. 223
SAM (S-adenosylmethionine)p. 224
St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum)p. 225
Seleniump. 226
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)p. 227
Thunder God Vine (Tripterygium wilfordii)p. 228
Turmeric (Curcuma longa, Curcuma domestica)p. 229
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)p. 230
Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa)p. 234
Zinc Sulfatep. 234
Arthritis Answersp. 236
Recommended Reading and Web Sitesp. 250
Referencesp. 252
About the Arthritis Foundationp. 267
Arthritis-Related Groupsp. 271
Indexp. 273