Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine

Books on CAM and Integrative Medicine

Amazon.com now has something like 20,000 books on traditional medicine, 14,000 books on complementary medicine and 3,000 books on integrative medicine.

The selection below are relatively new books that will provide a sound introduction for practitioners, students, researchers, policy-makers, healthcare funders, health economists and health actuaries.

Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

By Marc S. Micozzi
Publication Date: Fourth Edition, April 2010

“Focusing on emerging therapies and those best supported by clinical trials and scientific evidence, Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine describes some of the most prevalent and the fastest-growing CAM therapies in use today. Prominent author Dr. Marc Micozzi provides a complete overview of CAM, creating a solid foundation and context for therapies in current practice.

Coverage of systems and therapies includes mind, body, and spirit; traditional Western healing; and traditional ethnomedical systems from around the world. Discussions include homeopathy, massage and manual therapies, chiropractic, a revised chapter on osteopathy, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, naturopathic medicine, and nutrition and hydration.”

“An evidence-based approach focuses on treatments best supported by clinical trials and scientific evidence.”

A Guide to Evidence-based Integrative and Complementary Medicine
By Dr Vicki Kotsirilos, Associate Professor Luis Vitetta & Professor Avni Sali
Publication Date: 31 Dec 2010
 
“A Guide to Evidence-based Integrative and Complementary Medicine is designed for General Practitioners, specialists, medical students and health practitioners with an interest in integrative medicine. The book covers non-pharmacologic treatments for common medical practice problems, with the support of current scientific evidence. Approaches include advice for lifestyle and behavioural factors, mind-body medicine, stress management, dietary changes, exercise and sleep advice, nutritional and herbal medicine, acupuncture and complementary medicines that may impact on the treatment of the disease(s). Only proven therapies from current research are included, particularly from Cochrane reviews and research from systematic reviews, randomized control trials and published cohort and case studies.”

General Practice: The Integrative Approach
By Prof. Kerryn Phelps and Dr. Craig Hassed
Publication Date: 15 November 2010

“The aim of this book is to provide a comprehensive, contemporary and integrative approach to diagnosis, investigation and management of health issues and disease states encountered in the general practice environment. General Practice: The Integrative Approach informs doctors as fully as possible about potential treatment and prevention options, as well as potential pitfalls according to the growing evidence base in this area. The book is directed at best practice rather than alternative practice. The first section of the textbook lays the foundations and principles of Integrative Medicine and the second section examines important medical conditions in a systems based approach.”

“Each chapter begins by detailing the medical and consulting knowledge required of a standard GP text, discussing physiology and pharmacological management plans of systems-based conditions. The chapter then leads into an evidence-based discussion of the therapeutic options available for the treatment of associated factors, essentially providing practitioners with the knowledge required to adapt their approach to meet the needs of the individual patient. Approaches covered include specific lifestyle advice, nutrition, herbs and supplements, mind-body therapies, Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, and manual therapies.”

“A national panel of experts with experience in Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, nutritional medicine, naturopathy, and exercise therapy have contributed to their various fields of expertise to incorporate management plans that utilise a variety of therapeutic modalities to achieve the best clinical outcome.”

Clinicians’ and Educators’ Desk Reference on the Licensed Complementary and Alternative Healthcare Professions
By Elizabeth Goldblatt, PhD, MPA/HA, Pamela Snider, ND, Sheila Quinn, John Weeks
Publication Date: 12 January 2011

“A reference text on the complementary and alternative medicine professions written by leading educators from each discipline that is meant … to create appropriate and respectful collaboration between the disciplines to provide optimal health care.”
“This guide to the 5 licensed complementary and alternative healthcare professions [in the USA], written by vetted experts, is a desk reference for clinicians and a textbook and resource for educators and students. Also included is information on emerging fields of traditional world medicines, holistic nursing and holistic and integrative medicine.”
Developed by the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC), together with Organizational Partners:
• American Massage Therapy Association—Council of Schools
• Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges
• Association of Chiropractic Colleges
• Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
• Midwifery Education Accreditation Council
Other organizations that assisted were the American Holistic Nurses Association, American Holistic Medical Association, American Medical College of Homeopathy, Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, International Association of Yoga Therapists and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

Nutritional Medicine
By Alan R. Gaby, M.D.
Publication Date: 2011
 
“Nutritional Medicine is a comprehensive textbook on the use of dietary modifications, nutritional supplements, and other natural substances for the prevention and treatment of more than 400 health conditions. Written by one of the world’s foremost authorities on nutritional therapy, this book has been widely acclaimed as the leading textbook in its field. Meticulously documented and clearly written, Nutritional Medicine combines an exhaustive review of the medical literature with Dr. Gaby's extensive clinical experience.”

“Nutritional Medicine is a textbook designed to teach healthcare practitioners how to use nutritional therapy as an alternative or adjunct to conventional medicine. Although the book is written for practitioners, it is also useful for educated members of the lay public who would like to be well informed regarding nutritional options for preventing and treating various health concerns.”

“Nutritional Medicine discusses more than 400 different health conditions and disorders. It also contains 60 chapters on individual nutrients (i.e., vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other therapeutic agents) including biochemical effects, clinical indications, signs and symptoms of deficiency, adverse effects, drug interactions, nutrient interactions, and dosage and administration. Chapters on fundamentals of nutritional medicine (including dietary fundamentals, food additives, reactive hypoglycemia, food allergy, "sub-laboratory" hypothyroidism, and candidiasis) are also included.”

“With … over 15,000 references to the scientific literature, Nutritional Medicine is a foundational cornerstone and should be on the desk of every healthcare practitioner.”

Naturopathy Around the World
By Hans A. Baer and Stephen Sporn
Publication Date: 2009
 
“Whereas various professionalised heterodox medical systems found in Western societies, such as homeopathy, chiropractic, osteopathy, Chinese traditional medicine, and even acupuncture have been the object of considerable historical and social scientific research, naturopathy has been, at best, spotty. This book constitutes the first effort to provide a broad social historical and ethonographic account, particularly in the United States, Canada, and Australia, but to a lesser extent in Germany, Britain, New Zealand and India.”

“Naturopathy emerged in the early twentieth century under the leadership of Benedict Lust, a German immigrant to the United States who had studied under Father Kneipp (a strong proponent of water cure), as a highly eclectic therapeutic system that drew not only from hydropathy, but also herbalism, colonic irrigation, dietetics, fasting, exercise, iridology, and manipulative therapy. While some naturopaths advocate these modalities, others today draw upon homeopathy, vitamin and nutritional supplements, acupuncture, Ayurveda, and other therapies.”

“Naturopaths or naturopathic physicians are the ultimate therapeutic eclectics within the broader confines of complementary and alternative medicine. Yet naturopathy is not a monolithic entity but has been shaped by historical developments in the larger plural medical systems and national socio-political contexts in which it is embedded. Like other medical systems, naturopathy is a cultural construction with fluid borders within specific countries across the globe.”