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Lyman Maynard Stowe Library
University of Connecticut Health Center
books and online resources about complementary and alternative
medicine are recommended for public and health sciences libraries.
All of the listed books may not be available in the University
of Connecticut Health Center Library. This list was updated
treatments for arthritis: A to Z guide.. Dorothy Foltz-Gray.
Arthritis Foundation , 2007. 274 p. Second edition. (ISBN
0-912423-53-6 paperback), $9.95.
two page summaries of the benefits, risks, and validity of
more than one hundred alternative and complementary arthritis
therapies appear in this concise Arthritis Foundation publication.
Therapies include bee venom, coenzyme Q10, magnet therapy,
glucosamine, and DHEA. Common uses, dosages, side effects
and interactions, safety concerns, and scientific evidence
about the treatment's effectiveness or ineffectiveness are
described. References to medical journal articles in which
the scientific evidence appears is specifically cited within
the text so that it is possible to locate and read the scientific
Cancer Society’s complementary and alternative cancer methods
handbook. Anneke Smith, editor. American Cancer
Society, 2009. 893 p. Second edition. (ISBN 0-944235-71-9
provides two page summaries of the use and effects of more
than two hundred complementary and alternative methods of
cancer treatment. Treatments described include mind,
body, and spirit methods, herbs, vitamins and minerals, diet
and nutrition, and biological preparations. This guide also
advises patients and families how to evaluate alternative
therapies. There are guidelines for safe use of dietary
supplements and questions to ask about each alternative therapy
to determine if it is safe and effective. The book also includes
specific warnings about possible dangers from unproven treatments.
the right treatment: modern and alternative medicine:
a comprehensive reference guide that will help you
get the best of both worlds. Jacqueline Krohn and Frances
Taylor. Hartley & Marks, Inc., 2002. 700 p.
(ISBN 0-88179-196-2), $24.95.
provides an analysis and description of conventional
and alternative medicine, the effectiveness of their
treatments and therapies, and their strengths and weaknesses.
An encyclopedia of common health problems offers a description
of each condition, its signs and symptoms, how it is diagnosed,
how it is treated using conventional medicine, and how the
condition may be treated using alternative methods such
as homeopathy, herbs, acupuncture, exercise, and nutritional
5-Minute herb and dietary supplement consult. Adriane
Fugh-Berman, editor. Lippincott,
Williams Wilkins, 2003. 400 p. (ISBN 0-683-30273-6), $89.95.
this guide to herbs and dietary supplements is concise, the
research-based information provided in each herb’s two-page
description is comprehensive and detailed. There are descriptions
of more than one hundred sixty herbs, vitamins, minerals,
and dietary supplements. Written mainly in technical terms
for a medical audience, the information is clearly laid out
and categorized by topics such as active ingredients, mechanism
of action, adverse reactions, evidence of effectiveness, and
dosage. Footnotes in the text refer to books and medical
journal articles that form the basis of descriptions of the
herbs’ effects, uses, and risks.
pharmacy herbal handbook: your compehensive reference to the
best herbs for healing. James Duke.
Rodale Press, 2000. 282 p. (ISBN 1-579-64184-4) $19.95.
herbal desk reference describes 180 herbs. There is
an index of disorders that links the reader to the main entry
for the herb used to treat the disorder. Information
is given on the form of the herb, its uses, parts used, side
effects, and dosages. Descriptions are comprehensive and detailed.
child, whole child: Integrating the best of conventional and
alternative medicine to keep your kids healthy. Stuart
H. Ditchek, Russell H. Greenfield, and Lynn Murray Willeford.
Collins Living, 2009. 2nd edition. 330 P. (ISBN 0-06-273745-7)
by physicians who are also parents, this guide is designed
to help parents determine "which [alternative] therapies
are safe and effective for children and which are useless
- or worse, dangerous." The authors provide clear recommendations
for or against specific alternative therapies. They have included
information about immunizations, nutrition, common medical
conditions, and therapies.
medicine. Expert Consult Premium Edition.
David Rakel. Elsevier, 2012. 1072 p. (ISBN 1.4377-1793-4),
for the primary care physician, this book is a comprehensive,
well-organized guide to treatment and prevention of nearly
eighty medical conditions. References to journal articles
and books cited within the text appear at the end of each
brief chapter. Each disease-related chapter includes
sections on the disease’s symptoms and background, types of
therapy possibly effective including nutrition, mind-body
techniques, medications, spirituality, and surgery. Also in
the chapter are “Therapies to consider,” ones that may be
effective but have not been proven scientifically, and a “Therapeutic
review” which highlights therapies recommended in the
chapter. The book concludes with chapters on how to implement
a number of alternative and complementary techniques, e.g.
meditation, guided imagery, self-hypnosis, acupuncture.
Clinic book of alternative medicine. 2nd ed. Oxmoor House,
Inc. 2010. 208 p. (ISBN 1-603208-36-4), $25.95.
of alternative medicine in understandable text, this book
is addressed to health consumers who are considering incorporating
alternative medicine into their health care practices. Each
type of alternative medicine is explained in a one to three
page article that includes colorful illustrations and photos.
Research on each medical treatment is summarized but there
are no references to research studies. In addition to mind-body
medicine therapies such as biofeedback, hypnosis, and guided
imagery, energy therapies such as acupuncture and reiki, homeopathy,
and ayurveda, the book discusses the treatment of twenty common
medical conditions. The advisability of using each therapy,
herb, or supplement is indicated by a traffic light: green
for a usually safe product or therapy, red for an unsafe product
or therapy, and yellow for one to use with caution.
Dictionary of complementary and alternative medicine.
Wayne Jonas, editor. Elsevier, Inc. 2005. 592 p. (ISBN 0-323-02516-1),
dictionary of commonly used terms for complementary and alternative
medicine and related conventional medical terms. Includes
illustrations and photos. Written for physicians and students
in health care professions. The appendix includes one to two
page summaries and histories of alternative therapies such
as acupuncture, aromatherapy, ayurveda, bodywork, chiropractic,
orthomolecular medicine, and magnetic field therapy.
medicines: a comprehensive database. 12th ed. Pharmacists
Letter, 2010. 2326 p.(ISBN 0-9678-82057-6), $900.00.
Medicines Comprehensive Database gives accurate scientific
data for every herbal medicine and dietary supplement used
and referenced in North America. The database covers more
products than any other reference. For each product the database
provides 15 categories of information. These categories include
other names by which the product is known, safety and effectiveness
ratings, common dosages, potential interactions with drugs,
foods and other natural products, and potential effects on
laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures.
is also available online. The rate for a single subscriber
is $91.00. The annual rate for the Consumer version
of the database is $49.00. A print edition of the Consumer
version is $49.00. May be ordered online at http://www.naturaldatabase.com
. You may also write to Natural Medicines, 3120 W. March Lane,
PO Box 8190, Stockton CA 95208; telephone: 209/472-2244.
medicine: complete family guide . David Peters and Kenneth
R. Pelletier, editors. DK Publishing, 2007. 512 p. (ISBN 978-07566-0933-7),
complementary, alternative, and conventional medicine for
the safest and most effective treatment." In addition to explanations
of bodywork therapies, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine,
homeopathy, and other "integrated medicine" practices, this
lengthy, comprehensive, colorfully illustrated guide discusses
conventional and alternative treatments for many diseases
and disorders. Scientific journal references, by chapter,
for complementary medicine treatments, appear at the end of
for nonprescription drugs, dietary supplements, and herbs
2011. (Physicians' Desk Reference for Nonprescription Drugs,
Dietary Supplements, & Herbs) Annual. 32nd
ed. PDR Network, 2011. 400 p.. (ISBN 1-56363-784--7),
offers information on over 600 common botanicals. The
monographs are based on the findings of the German Regulatory
Authority’s herbal watchdog agency, better known as "Commission
E". Based on an intensive review of peer-reviewed medical
literature, each monograph includes the herb’s scientific
name and its most common name along with a description of
the botanical parts of the herb and its actions and pharmacology.
Indications and usage, contraindications, precautions and
possible adverse reactions, symptoms and consequences of overdose,
dosages, and references to the scientific literature are included.
A full-color identification guide of 400 herbs, a scientific
names index, and a common name index are included.
and Natural Therapies - Arthritis Foundation
on complementary therapies for arthritis such as acupuncture,
heat and cold, massage and bodywork, magnets, and aromatherapy.
has a feature that allows the searcher to retrieve journal
article citations related to complementary and alternative
medicine. (CAM). “CAM on PubMed” currently contains
over 462,000 citations related to CAM. This subset of
the National Library of Medicine's Medline database is a result
of a cooperative project between the National Center for Complementary
and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Library
of Medicine (NLM). You can search “CAM on PubMed” from
the NCCAM site at http://nccam.nih.gov/camonpubmed/
and your searches will automatically be limited to CAM-related
citations. If you search directly from PubMed, you need
to limit your search to the CAM subset. First click
on the “Limits” button. Next, select “Complementary
Medicine” on the Subsets pull down menu (on the right
side of the “Limits” page). Your search will be limited to
complementary and alternative medicine citations.
of herbs, botanicals, and related products on the website
of the Integrative Medicine Service of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering
Cancer Center. Each article about an herb, written by a pharmacist,
is reviewed by editors or advisors. The information on which
the review is based is gathered from online searches of medical
literature databases. Each herbal description is reviewed
twice a year.
popular doctor discusses alternative healing remedies for
many common ailments. Although Dr. Weil sells vitamin
and mineral supplements on his site, the information he provides
is balanced and not aimed at selling his products.
Holistic Health Association
mission of this organization is to promote awareness of the
principles of holistic health, support the practice of holistic
healthcare, and facilitate opportunities to achieve wellness.
Although there isn’t much information here on alternative
therapies, there is a Connecticut listing of alternative medicine
practitioners and facilities with links to their web sites
when available ("Holistic Practitioners Directory"). This
resource is similar to looking in the telephone book yellow
pages so there isn’t a way to judge the quality of the practitioner.
and Wellness Resource Center
Health and Wellness Resource Center(HWRC) has an alternative
health module. A section designated to "Find Drugs and Herbal
Remedies” offers monographs on prescription, over-the-counter
medications, and herbal products. The herbal product
information is from Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E.
Monographs, PDR for Nutritional Supplements, PDR for Herbal
Medicines, and the PDR Family Guide to Natural Medicines and
separate section of HWRC has the Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative
Medicine which offers profiles of common medical conditions
and how they may be treated using alternative therapies such
as meditation, herbs, homeopathy, relaxation training, chiropractic,
acupuncture, and others.
medicine topics may also be searched from the main page of
the HWRC with the results including not only information on
alternative medical treatments, but standard medical therapies
the MedlinePlus database for a wealth of information on alternative
medicine. Enter searches using the terms “Alternative
medicine”, “acupuncture”, “herbal medicine”, “chiropractic”,
and “cancer alternative therapy”. Under
each topic there is news about current research, overviews
and background information, links to information on
research currently being conducted in alternative and complementary
therapies, directories, organizations to contact, and advice
on the safety and efficacy of various therapies. Under
the general heading “Complementary and Alternative Medicine,”
you can find information about magnet therapy, massage, biofeedback,
aromatherapy, selecting a complementary and alternative medicine
practitioner, and questions to ask when considering an alternative
Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
the National Institutes of Health, the NCCAM site has general
information about alternative and complementary therapies
with links to research studies currently being conducted on
alternative therapies for addiction, aging, AIDS, cancer,
asthma, stroke and neurologic conditions, and women's health.
of Dietary Supplements
of Dietary Supplements (ODS), part of the National Institutes
of Health, supports research and disseminates research results
in the area of dietary supplements as they relate to improving
health and treating diseases. The Health Information sections
describe what constitutes dietary supplements and includes
fact sheets on supplements, safety notices, access to the
International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements
Database, Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) and Recommended
Dietary Allowances (RDA ), and separate listings of related
links for consumers and professionals.
on health fraud, medical quackery, “new age” medicine and
“alternative” and “complementary” medicine from an opinionated
physician who investigates the validity of their claims.
Scroll the list of contents to find “Non-recommended sources
for health advice” for a listing of doctors and also a listing
of “Questionable Organizations”.
Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine
links to resources on acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic,
herbal medicine, and alternative therapies for cancer
and women's health. The Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital
sponsors research on alternative and complementary medical
-- revised 2/2013
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