Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine, 2nd Edition (Updated and Expanded): Integrating the Best of Natural Therapies with Conventional Medicine

This revised edition is fully illustrated and still offers the same practical advice by using the red light/green light rating system to evaluate treatments. From acupuncture to yoga, echinacea to St. John’s wort, and meditation to healing touch, Mayo Clinic provides answers to the most pressing questions people have about the effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicine and when it’s appropriate to use natural remedies in place of or in conjunction with traditional medicine. The book also provides helpful tips on how to treat common ailments and incorporate alternative treatments into the readers’ and their families lives.

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3 comments for “Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine, 2nd Edition (Updated and Expanded): Integrating the Best of Natural Therapies with Conventional Medicine

  1. Debbie
    September 12, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Good information “The Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine” discusses various forms of alternative medicine and reveals what the research actually shows about it’s effectiveness for various uses.The first part of this book talked about how to use this book. Not surprisingly, the doctors in this book recommended that you let your doctors know what alternative medicines you’re using and that you use alternative medicine along with conventional medicine rather than as a replacement for it. They also went over the basics of accessing your health and basic changes you can make to get healthier (exercise, eat good foods, relax, etc.).The second part talked about various type of alternative medicine: what each claims to do, what the research has shown it does and doesn’t do, and how safe it is. This section covered various herbs, hormones, vitamins, and minerals, as well as biofeedback, guided imagery, hypnosis, meditation, muscle relaxation, music therapy, pilates, relaxed breathing, spirituality and prayer, tai chi, yoga, acupuncture, healing touch, magnetic therapy, reiki, massage, reflexology, Rolfing, spinal manipulation, and more.The last part focused on 20 common conditions and what you can do for them (both conventional and alternative approaches). These conditions were arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain, common cold, coronary artery disease, depression, diabetes, fibromyalgia, hay fever, headache, high blood pressure, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, memory problems, menopause symptoms, overweight, PMS, sexual problems, stress and anxiety, and vaginal yeast infections. It also covered how to find a qualified practitioner (like for acupuncture or massage).The book had many full-color photographs. Overall, I’m glad I read this book and found its information very interesting. However, be warned that they frequently say, “more research is needed.” It is needed. But it’s frustrating for those who want answers right now.

  2. Monica fromYonkers
    September 12, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Informative and Easy to Read I found this book to be full of interesting information on the various alternative medicines and natural therapies. It quotes studies for each item and rates its efficacy on a scale of one to three – red light – don’t take it, yellow light – won’t hurt and green light – proven to work. It also quotes the pertinent studies to support its recommendations.I was disappointed that there wasn’t a section on bio-identical hormone therapy. It wasn’t even mentioned which I felt was a large oversight, thus the four star rating. Good to have around as a reference guide.

  3. S. Linkletter
    September 12, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    A Little Disappointing But OK I had hoped that I would learn a lot about how to integrate herbal and dietary treatments with Conventional Medicine from the horses’s mouth, so to speak. At first glance most of what is in the book were no-brainers for me already, like that there is no wonder drug to lose weight and that some herbs are dangerous. Only about a quarter of the book is devoted to dietary approaches. About one quarter is devoted to physical therapy approaches, another one quarter is devoted to treating relatively few specific ailments, and the final one quarter is devoted to selling you on typical physicians’ advice like to lose weight and stop smoking.Eventually I widened my focus and read some of the parts I wasn’t really interested in, such as acupuncture as practiced at the Mayo Clinic. I did learn something from those sections after all, even if it was only that I will never, ever do those things except in great desperation, so I am giving the book 4 stars instead of 3.

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