Essentials of CAM


Essentials of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Here’s your ideal introduction to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), a range of disciplines now taught at a growing number of medical schools throughout the country.  To understand how and where these CAM practices fit into the conventional medical system, you need to know the foundations of these approaches and how to evaluate them.  This book will help the conventional health care practitioner become more familiar with the nature and content of CAM practices, so you can more effectively communicate with your patients about these approaches.

Comprising three main sections, “Social and Scientific Foundations of CAM,” “The Safety of CAM Products,” and “Practices and Major Systems of CAM,” Essentials of Complementary and Alternative Medicine:

  • Focuses specifically on the issues and alternative practices that are most applicable to mainstream medicine.
  • Covers social and scientific issues such as ethics; science and the interface of conventional medicine and CAM; and evidence-based CAM.  An entire section is devoted to the safety of CAM products and practices.
  • Includes chapters on the more common CAM systems, such as homeopathy, naturopathy, massage therapy, Ayurveda, acupuncture, biofeedback, and hypnotherapy.

From the Foreword by Robert Marston, M.D.,
Director, National Institutes of Health (1968-1973):

“The publication of Essentials of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the first comprehensive textbook for physicians about these increasingly popular forms of medical treatment, is very timely.  For the first time, information about the foundations of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), the safety of CAM products and practices, and overview of nearly two dozen CAM systems are available in one place. . . .  This textbook has been crafted to serve the growing communities of professionals who need thorough and accurate information about CAM.”


Praise for Essentials of Complementary and Alternative Medicine:


Essentials of Complementary and Alternative Medicine is a much needed and very enlightening soft cover companion to a forthcoming and . . . comprehensive Textbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.  As a succinct introduction to the field, it does not attempt to cover all forms of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) but does discuss a surprisingly large number. . . .  [T]he text is most illuminating and provocative, . . . a well thought out collection of essays on a variety of healing disciplines not covered by conventional medical education in the past.  This book should serve well as a preliminary and relatively inexpensive introduction to the field.”

“The diverse viewpoints and the in-depth presentation of both CAM and mainstream practice make this book a true bridge.  It is an excellent resource for conventional practitioners who want to understand the underlying philosophies of CAM and for anyone who seeks a knowledgeable overview of the profiled CAM systems.”
Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients

“I would recommend it to primary care physicians as a general guide to expand their knowledge of CAM and as an office resource for adverse reactions to alternative therapies.”
Journal of Family Practice

“This book is both an excellent textbook for medical students as well as an important reference for all health care practitioners, regardless of discipline. . . .  This comprehensive textbook provides an overview, gestalt, and basis for understanding the field.  This text is an excellent introduction to information being incorporated into medicine and therefore should be part of one’s library.”
Bridges:  ISSSEEM Magazine

“Overall, Essentials of Complementary and Alternative Medicine is a helpful handbook for clinicians wishing to expand their knowledge of this popular discipline in health care.”
Educational Gerontology

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Table of Contents

Part I The Social and Scientific Foundations of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Introduction: Models of Medicine and Healing
Wayne B. Jonas, Jeffrey S. Levin

  1. The History of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    James C. Whorton
  2. The Physician and Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    Ronald A. Chez, Wayne B. Jonas, David Eisenberg
  3. Ethics at the Interface of Conventional and Complementary Medicine
    Howard Brody, Janis M. Rygwelski, Michael D. Fetters
  4. Evaluating Complementary and Alternative Medicine: The Balance of Rigor and Relevance
    Klaus Linde, Wayne B. Jonas
  5. How to Practice Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    Wayne B. Jonas, Klaus Linde, Harald Walach

Part II The Safety of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Products and Practices Introduction: Evaluating the Safety of Complementary and Alternative Products and Practices
Wayne B. Jonas, Edzard Ernst

  1. The Safety of Herbal Products
    Peter A.G.M. De Smet
  2. The Safety of Nonherbal Complementary Products
    Peter A.G.M. De Smet
  3. The Safety of Homeopathy
    Wayne B. Jonas, Edzard Ernst
  4. Adverse Effects of Acupuncture
    Edzard Ernst
  5. Adverse Effects of Spinal Manipulation
    Edzard Ernst

Part III Overviews of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Systems
Introduction: Common Aspects of Traditional Healing Systems Across Cultures
Stanley Krippner

  1. Ayurvedic Medicine
    D. Vasant Lad
  2. Traditional Chinese Medicine
    Lixing Lao
  3. Native American Medicine
    Ken “Bear Hawk” Cohen
  4. Tibetan Medicine
    Vladimir Badmaev
  5. Chiropractic Medicine
    Dana J. Lawrence
  6. Osteopathy
    Harold Goodman
  7. Naturopathic Medicine
    Michael T. Murray, Joseph E. Pizzorno
  8. Holistic Nursing
    Barbara Dossey
  9. Medical Acupuncture
    Joseph M. Helms
  10. Phytomedicine
    Tieraona Low Dog
  11. Spiritual Healing
    Daniel J. Benor
  12. Massage Therapy
    Tiffany Field
  13. Qigong
    Ching-Tse and Ting Lei
  14. Biofeedback Therapy
    Judith A. Green, Robert Shellenberger
  15. Hypnotherapy
    Ian Wickramasekera
  16. Behavioral Medicine
    G. Randolph Schrodt, Jr., Allan Tasman
  17. Orthomolecular Medicine and Megavitamin Therapy
    Alan R. Gaby
  18. Homeopathy
    Edward H. Chapman
  19. Nutritional Biotherapy
    Keith I. Block
  20. Meditation and Mindfulness
    Michael J. Baime

Appendix A Organizations and Suggested Readings
Appendix B Indications and Precautions Chart with Clinical Trails
Appendix C Appellations
Appendix D Glossary

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