Perspectives on Complementary and Alternative Medicines

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World Scientific, 2012 - Health & Fitness - 488 pages
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Would you use complementary and alternative medicines (CAMS)? Well, research has shown that up to three quarters of patients with cancer may at least supplement their treatment with such therapies, spending as much on CAMS as conventional drugs. How do you decide? This book provides a full range of perspectives on CAMS from patients and CAMS practitioners to conventional doctors who oppose the use of these alternative treatments because of the lack of evidence of efficacy and safety. Then there are the CAMS researchers, educators and regulators who view CAMS from different perspectives. The broad array of opinions build a complete picture of the issues for discerning readers to be adequately informed to make up their minds and draw their own conclusions.
 

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Contents

1 Complementary and Alternative Medicines The Introductory Perspective Ian N Olver
1
Towards a Systematic Approach to Understanding CAM Veronica M Raszeja
13
Evidence for Efficacy and Safety Carlo Pirri
31
4 The Regulation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Ken Harvey
89
5 Perspective on Chinese Medicine in Complementary and Alternative Medicine James Flowers
103
The Efficacy of Meditation in People with Cancer Deborah Black Leigh Wilson and Ramesh Manocha
121
7 Should Spirituality and Prayer be Part of Complementary Therapies? Ian N Olver
143
8 From Traditional Medicines to Drug Discovery Monica C Robotin
157
13 Cancer Primary Care and Complementary Therapies Kerryn Phelps
277
The Perspective of a Medical Oncologist Ray Lowenthal
291
Perspectives of a Surgeon Tom Reeve
305
Revealing the Blame Game Deborah Gray
327
17 Barriers to Conducting Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clinical Trials Byeongsang Oh and Haryana M Dhillon
337
18 Teaching Complementary and Alternative Medicines to Medical Students Craig Hassed
357
19 The Consumer Experience Case Studies of Complementary Therapy Use Among People Diagnosed with Cancer Vivienne OCallaghan
373
20 Evaluating Complementary and Alternative Medicine Jaklin A Eliott
399

The SolarisCare Experience David Joske
187
The Empowered Health Consumer and the Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Liz Paslawsky
207
11 Interaction Between Complementary and Alternative Medicines and Conventional Medicines Stephen J Clarke and Andrew J McLachlan
227
12 Australian Doctors and Complementary Medicine Dont Ask Dont Tell and Dont Know Lesley Braun
261
The Perspective of a Cancer Patient Loretta Marron
419
An Overview Carlo Pirri
439
Index
461
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