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Title:
A doctor's guide to alternative medicine : what works, what doesn't, and why
Author:
Borins, Mel, author.
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Publication Information:
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, [2014]
Physical Description:
xx, 314 pages ; 23 cm
Summary:
"In the United States alone, more than 38 percent of people use Alternative Medicine to treat and prevent medical issues and more than 50 percent of people have tried Alternative Medicine at some point in their life. But because some people don't feel their doctors see those methods as legitimate, patients often turn to unreliable sources such as the internet, celebrities, etc. for guidance. With so much misinformation out there, how does anyone know which advice to follow and what actually works? In this book, Dr. Mel Borins answers these questions using the latest scientific research and double-blind studies to educate patients and physicians alike on which alternative treatments work, which don't, and why. And more importantly, it teaches them how to safely use these alternative treatments, as a reputable source of information to supplement their conventional medicine treatments. Written in clear, accessible language for the layperson while providing citations to full studies for the medical professional, the book covers traditional healing and herbal remedies, physical therapies, psychological therapies, and natural health products--making it perfect for alternative medicine skeptics looking for hard evidence, doctors of conventional medicine seeking to understand why alternative therapies work, and for those open to alternative medicine but who want to understand the benefits and dangers; these include America's 78 million Baby Boomers who purchase 77 percent of all prescriptions drugs and are seeking ways to treat their health issues without causing more of them. "--

"This book pairs common ailments with an alternative therapy treatment, clearly explaining their efficacy as well as the relevant scientific studies supporting or debunking their use"--
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781493005956
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Book

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In the United States alone, more than 38 percent of people use Alternative Medicine to treat and prevent medical issues and more than 50 percent of people have tried Alternative Medicine at some point in their life. But because some people don't feel their doctors see those methods as legitimate, patients often turn to unreliable sources such as the internet, celebrities, etc. for guidance. With so much misinformation out there, how does anyone know which advice to follow and what actually works?   In this book, Dr. Mel Borins answers these questions using the latest scientific research and double-blind studies to educate patients and physicians alike on which alternative treatments work, which don't, and why. And more importantly, it teaches them how to safely use these alternative treatments, as a reputable source of information to supplement their conventional medicine treatments. Written in clear, accessible language for the layperson while providing citations to full studies for the medical professional, the book covers traditional healing and herbal remedies, physical therapies, psychological therapies, and natural health products--making it perfect for alternative medicine skeptics looking for hard evidence, doctors of conventional medicine seeking to understand why alternative therapies work, and for those open to alternative medicine but who want to understand the benefits and dangers; these include America's 78 million Baby Boomers who purchase 77 percent of all prescriptions drugs and are seeking ways to treat their health issues without causing more of them.


Author Notes

Mel Borins, MD, is a family physician who has been active for more than two decades in training physicians in complementary and alternative medicine. He is the author of two books and numerous articles and has lectured worldwide on health and healing. He lives in Toronto, Canada. Visit him at MelBorins.com.


Table of Contents

Dr. Bernie Siegel
Foreword: The Importance of Integrative Medicinep. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. x
Section I Traditional Healing and Herbal Remediesp. 1
Chapter 1 St. John's Wort for Depressionp. 7
Chapter 2 Echinacea for Upper Respiratory Infectionsp. 12
Chapter 3 Ginger for Nausea and Vomiting and Menstrual Painp. 18
Chapter 4 Black Cohosh for Menopausal Symptomsp. 23
Chapter 5 Red Clover for Menopausal Symptomsp. 28
Chapter 6 Ginseng for Whole Body Healthp. 32
Chapter 7 Feverfew for Migrainep. 40
Chapter 8 Ginkgo Biloba for Dementia, Vascular Disorders, and Strokep. 44
Chapter 9 Horse Chestnut Seed Extract for Veinsp. 50
Chapter 10 Tea Tree Oil for Infectionsp. 56
Chapter 11 Herbal Treatment for Back Painp. 63
Chapter 12 Problems with Herbsp. 71
Section II Acupuncturep. 79
Chapter 13 Acupuncture for Osteoarthritis of the Kneep. 91
Chapter 14 Acupuncture for Nausea and Vomitingp. 97
Chapter 15 Acupuncture for Tennis Elbowp. 102
Chapter 16 Acupuncture for Neck Painp. 107
Chapter 17 Acupuncture for Headachep. 113
Section III Physical Therapiesp. 119
Chapter 18 Yoga for Back Painp. 120
Chapter 19 Manipulation for Back Painp. 125
Chapter 20 Manipulation for Asthmap. 132
Chapter 21 Massage Therapyp. 136
Chapter 22 Exercise for Depressionp. 142
Section IV Psychological Therapiesp. 149
Chapter 23 Eye Movement Desensitizing & Reprocessing (EMDR) for PTSDp. 152
Chapter 24 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)p. 156
Chapter 25 Laughter Is the Jest Medicinep. 163
Section V Homeopathic Medicinep. 169
Chapter 26 Homeopathic Oscillococcinum for Treatment of Flup. 178
Section VI Natural Health Productsp. 181
Chapter 27 Vitamin D-The Sunshine Supplementp. 183
Chapter 28 Vitamins & Lutein for Age-Related Macular Degenerationp. 190
Chapter 29 Vitamin E for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Diseasep. 198
Chapter 30 Coenzyme Q10 for Healthp. 204
Chapter 31 Folic Acid for Depressionp. 209
Chapter 32 Omega-3 Fatty Acidsp. 214
Chapter 33 Glucosamine for Osteoarthritisp. 223
Chapter 34 Melatonin for Jet Lagp. 229
Chapter 35 Probiotics for Your Gutp. 235
Chapter 36 Zinc for the Common Coldp. 242
Chapter 37 L-Carnitine for Healthp. 248
Section VII Migraines-Alternative Approachesp. 255
Section VIII Conclusion-Talk to Your Docp. 267
Endnotesp. 274
Indexp. 307
About the Authorp. 315

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