| ||As increasing numbers of patients consult complementary therapists, this book answers the need for a critical, balanced, and comprehensive guide to the workings and applications of complementary medicine for general practitioners and other members of the primary care team.|
An introductory section describes each of the major therapeutic techniques and their applications, including homoeopathy, acupuncture, manipulative medicine, environmental medicine, healing, and hypnosis. The main part of the book takes a unique disease-oriented approach, examining the role of these therapies, and their interaction with conventional treatments, in the management of some common medical disorders, including back pain, asthma, eczema, migraine, premenstrual syndrome, and irritable bowel syndrome. The evidence for the effectiveness of complementary therapies is carefully examined throughout.
This book will allow health professionals to answer patients? queries confidently and accurately, to judge whether complementary treatments are appropriate to individual cases, and to refer patients appropriately.