The Encyclopedia of Complementary and Alternative Medicine provides a comprehensive source of definitions, explanations, case studies, and perspectives on homeopathic therapies from ancient times to the present. According to a Stanford University National Survey, 69 percent of Americans have used non-conventional therapies in recent years. Additionally, 60 percent of physicians have referred patients to complementary care practitioners, and 64 percent of medical schools offer training in alternative treatments. Interest in the subject is at an all-time high in the United States, and many health care providers have begun including such treatments as part of their standard coverage.
The Encyclopedia of Complementary and Alternative Medicine includes more than 400 entries, written for general readers but authoritative enough to be of use to the professional. It provides detailed descriptions of alternative practices, how they work, who developed them, anecdotal evidence, and what to look for when seeking a professional. The author, a journalist, presents the information objectively and allows readers to decide if complementary medicines are right for them.
Appendixes include a directory of organizations, a bibliography and sources for further research, a list of herbs and supplements, and a timeline of complementary and alternative therapies.
Index. Appendixes. Bibliography. Cross-references. Timeline. Tables.
About the Author(s)
Tova Navarra, B.A., R.N. is a registered nurse certified in therapeutic touch and has been writing about alternative medicine and other health topics for more than 20 years. She is a Reiki master and an experienced journalist with more than 20 books in print and hundreds of articles to her credit. For Facts On File she has co-written The Encyclopedia of Allergies, Second Edition, Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals, and Supplements, and The Encyclopedia of Asthma and Respiratory Disorders. Navarra is a health columnist/feature writer for the Copley News Service and has worked as a reporter for the Asbury Park Press and a lifestyles editor for The Two River Times. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Nursing Spectrum, and RN among other publications.