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This book presents up-to-date information on a total of 75 native and non-native medicinal plants growing in Singapore. Comprehensive and useful information from the published literature - including plant descriptions and origins, traditional medicinal uses, phytoconstituents, pharmacological activities, adverse reactions, toxicities, and reported drug-herb interactions - is presented in an easy-to-read manner for easy and quick reference. There is no minimum level of knowledge required to read this book, and botanical and medical glossaries are also provided for readers' convenience.The book will be of great practical benefit to a wide-ranging audience. Educators and students in complementary medicine and health, pharmacognosy, medicinal chemistry, natural products, pharmacology, toxicology, pharmacovigilance, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, botany, biology, chemistry and life sciences will find the information useful. The book will also appeal to clinicians, pharmacists, nurses and researchers, as it contains a comprehensive reference list at the end for further reading.
This book presents an overview of the theoretical foundations of electroacupuncture, together with experimental and clinical evidence for the efficacy of electroacupuncture in its various forms. It also provides guidance on the effective clinical practice of electroacupuncture, illustrated with informative case histories.It serves as an excellent introduction on the subject, covering all the key information a beginning practitioner would need to know, as well as exploring avenues for advanced practice.The accompanying CD-ROM is an ideal research tool, providing searchable chapters from the book as well as an extensive database of more than 8,000 clinical trials that can be accessed via the CD-ROM or through a companion website. Clear and accessible guide to an increasingly popular form of acupuncture practice Designed for both technically and non-technically minded readers Provides a basis for immediate practical application in a variety of clinical situations Case studies from expert practitioners in the field illustrate the variety of possible approaches Only book on the subject to offer both practical suggestions and thorough exploration of the research behind the practice Bridges the gap between traditional and modern scientific approaches to acupuncture Sifts and sorts what is often confusing or highly technical material into manageable and practical information Includes an interactive CD-ROM containing over 15,000 references Fully searchable database of more than 8,000 clinical studies is accessible via the accompanying CD-ROM and website Database includes material from thousands of studies never before available in English - translated from Chinese, Russian, Ukrainian and other European languages Comprehensive glossary defines and explains important concepts
This is the first title to look at Reiki from the client's perspective. Whether you are searching for relaxation, healing, or spiritual growth, a Reiki treatment can be a revelation. Find out how to make the most of your Reiki treatment experience. Learn how to prepare for your treatment, what to expect during it, and how to continue furthering your personal growth after the treatment is finished. Divided into three parts: Pre-Treatment, The Treatment, and Post-Treatment, each part contains approximately 25 chapters that span two pages each. This consistent format ensures that by flicking through the book there is easy access to the chapter of your choice. Chapters also include an information box with either a case study, Reiki research, experiment, or hint for the client. "Your Reiki Treatment" is an excellent guide to everything about Reiki treatments for both clients and professional practitioners. Included are explanatory case studies, tips and research in an "easy to find" format.
Explore Nora Franglen's insights derived from decades of practice as a five element acupuncturist in this new collection. Covering tips on patient care and the patient-practitioner relationship to advice on a deeper understanding of the elements, of the healing practice, and of humanity's links to nature, the book also touches on the spiritual aspects of the work and the need for self-awareness in the practitioner. For acupuncturists and Chinese medicine practitioners, or anyone interested in the healing arts, this book is full of useful guidance.
Early anthropological evidence for plant use as medicine is 60,000 years old as reported from the Neanderthal grave in Iraq. The importance of plants as medicine is further supported by archeological evidence from Asia and the Middle East. Today, around 1.4 billion people in South Asia alone have no access to modern health care, and rely instead on traditional medicine to alleviate various symptoms. On a global basis, approximately 50 to 80 thousand plant species are used either natively or as pharmaceutical derivatives for life-threatening conditions that include diabetes, hypertension and cancers. As the demand for plant-based medicine rises, there is an unmet need to investigate the quality, safety and efficacy of these herbals by the "scientific methods". Current research on drug discovery from medicinal plants involves a multifaceted approach combining botanical, phytochemical, analytical, and molecular techniques. For instance, high throughput robotic screens have been developed by industry; it is now possible to carry out 50,000 tests per day in the search for compounds which act on a key enzyme or a subset of receptors. This and other bioassays thus offer hope that one may eventually identify compounds for treating a variety of diseases or conditions. However, drug development from natural products is not without its problems. Frequent challenges encountered include the procurement of raw materials, the selection and implementation of appropriate high-throughput bioassays, and the scaling-up of preparative procedures. Research scientists should therefore arm themselves with the right tools and knowledge in order to harness the vast potentials of plant-based therapeutics. The main objective of Plant and Human Health is to serve as a comprehensive guide for this endeavor. Volume 1 highlights how humans from specific areas or cultures use indigenous plants. Despite technological developments, herbal drugs still occupy a preferential place in a majority of the population in the third world and have slowly taken roots as alternative medicine in the West. The integration of modern science with traditional uses of herbal drugs is important for our understanding of this ethnobotanical relationship. Volume 2 deals with the phytochemical and molecular characterization of herbal medicine. Specifically, it will focus on the secondary metabolic compounds which afford protection against diseases. Lastly, Volume 3 focuses on the physiological mechanisms by which the active ingredients of medicinal plants serve to improve human health. Together this three-volume collection intends to bridge the gap for herbalists, traditional and modern medical practitioners, and students and researchers in botany and horticulture.
A review of the scientific evidence on the effects of cannabinoids on brain and behavioral functioning, with an emphasis on potential therapeutic use. The cannabis plant has been used for recreational and medicinal purposes for more than 4,000 years, but the scientific investigation into its effects has only recently yielded useful results. In this book, Linda Parker offers a review of the scientific evidence on the effects of cannabinoids on brain and behavioral functioning, with an emphasis on potential therapeutic uses. Parker describes the discovery of tetrahydocannbinol (THC), the main psychoactive component of cannabis, and the further discovery of cannabinoid receptors in the brain. She explains that the brain produces chemicals similar to THC, which act on the same receptors as THC, and shows that the endocannabinoid system is involved in all aspects of brain functioning. Parker reports that cannabis contains not only the psychoactive compound THC, but also other compounds of potential therapeutic benefit, and that one of them, cannabidiol (CBD), shows promise for the treatment of pain, anxiety, and epilepsy. Parker reviews the evidence on cannabinoids and anxiety, depression, mood, sleep, schizophrenia, learning and memory, addiction, sex, appetite and obesity, chemotherapy-induced nausea, epilepsy, and such neurodegenerative disorders as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's Disease. Each chapter also links the scientific evidence to historical and anecdotal reports of the medicinal use of cannabis. As debate about the medical use of marijuana continues, Parker's balanced and objective review of the fundamental science and potential therapeutic effects of cannabis is especially timely.
This book introduces you to the various principles and philosophy of homeopathy. It gives a detailed description of the working of homeopathic medicines. Some commonly asked questions about homeopathy are all discussed, which will help to clarify many misconceptions about homeopathy.
Turmeric is a traditional herbal remedy that has been used for centuries and in recent years has been hailed as a "miracle cure" for a range of illnesses from arthritis to auto-immune disease. Penelope Ody, one of Britain's leading herbalists, draws on the extensive scientific studies that have appeared on curcuminoids (one of the many chemical constituents of turmeric) in one of the most authoritative book on turmeric currently available. In Turmeric Penelope Ody provides a history of turmeric and its therapeutic role. From its cultivation to its traditional use in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to its centrality to the Asian diet (including some recipes, since many will be familiar with turmeric as a culinary spice). Turmeric has been used medicinally in South Asia for more than 4,000 years; today its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are well established and may be helpful for a host of illnesses, from arthritis and diabetes to Alzheimer's and heart disease. Penelope Ody investigates this ancient remedy's suitability for twenty- first century ailments separating the hysteria about its benefits from a realistic evaluation into how it can help to improve any reader's health.
Discover the four levels of traditional Tibetan healing science
with this preventive health care manual for people of any age,
culture, and physical type.
Bach Flower remedies can treat a wide variety of states of mind. Whether you are dealing with a change of stable or problems in breaking in a horse, difficulties at competitions or stress in the herd, Bach Flower remedies can play an important role in dealing with these conditions. This book offers detailed descriptions of how all 38 Bach Flowers work and provides readers with the information they need to be able to select the right Bach Flower remedy for their horse. This book was written for all horse owners who are interested in gentle, natural healing methods for their animals and want to learn how to use them.
From techniques for tapping maple trees and harvesting wild rice to extracting dyes from bloodroot to making dishes from birch bark and dolls with cattails, "Strength of the Earth details the many uses of over 200 forest and prairie plants. Early twentieth-century ethnologist Frances Densmore recorded traditions and techniques relayed by dozens of Ojibwe women to create this invaluable handbook perfect for readers interested in Native American art and culture, organic gardening, natural remedies, and living off the land. Brenda J. Child offers a fresh introduction focusing on the power of female healers in Native communities.
CONTENTS: II BHMS 1993; II BHMS 1994; II BHMS 1995; II BHMS 1996; II BHMS 1997; II BHMS 1998; II BHMS 1999; II BHMS 2000.
The tremendous increase in migrations and diasporas of human groups in the last decades are not only bringing along challenging issues for society, especially related to the economic and political management of multiculturalism and culturally effective health care, but they are also creating dramatic changes in traditional knowledge, believes and practices (KBP) related to (medicinal) plant use. The contributors to this volume - all internationally recognized scholars in the field of ethnobiology, transcultural pharmacy, and medical anthropology - analyze these dynamics of traditional knowledge in especially 22 selected case studies. Andrea Pieroni is a Lecturer in Pharmacognosy, Herbal / Traditional Medicines and Ethnopharmacy at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Bradford, UK. He holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacy from the University of Bonn. His recent research concerns transcultural health and pharmacy, traditional medicines and ethnobotany. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the new Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine and the coordinator of the first collaborative ethnobotanical research project funded by the EU Commission (RUBIA). Ina Vandebroek is a post-doctoral research associate at the Institute of Economic Botany, New York Botanical Garden, USA. She holds a Ph.D. in neurospychopharmacology from the University of Ghent, Belgium, and has conducted research into the ethnobotany and ethnomedicine of traditional healers in the Bolivian Andes and Amazon. The project she is currently working on at the New York Botanical Gardens is funded by the National Institutes of Health and involves the dynamics of medicinal plant knowledge and use by Dominican immigrants in New York City.
For students and practitioners of Chinese medicine, one of the more difficult diagnostic methods to learn and master is pulse diagnosis. Successful transmission of this knowledge and skill requires the description of what is felt through palpation - something that often evades the comprehension of most beginning students, if these descriptions are not portrayed effectively. The Pocket Atlas of Pulse Diagnosis unravels the mystery of pulse diagnosis. Detailed explanations of the 28 individual pulses are presented, along with simple diagrams that vividly illustrate how the different pulses should "feel" like under the fingers at each level of palpation. Useful comparisons of the different pulses are also included to aid the reader in understanding how to differentiate between the many types of pulses. There is a chapter that analyzes the pulse manifestations of various common diseases, as well as a chapter that explores sections of Wang Shu-He's The Pulse Canon (Mai Jing). One cannot find a more rich presentation of pulse diagnosis in a pocket-sized atlas. All in all, this is a valuable and convenient learning tool for anyone seeking to be proficient in the art of pulse diagnosis.
Valerie Ann Worwood's The Fragrant Pharmacy has become the classic encyclopaedia of aromatherapy and essential oils. Now, in this companion volume, The Fragrant Mind, she paves a unique new way for aromatherapy, concentrating on the emotional, psychological and mood-changing effects of nature's essential oils.
The Fragrant Mind falls into three parts. Part One presents a fascinating background to the subject, and explains how essential oils work on the brain. Part Two explains how essential oils can enhance emotional well-being and promote positive feelings, and includes a practical A-Z section which advises on a wide range of emotional problems, from stress and depression to moodiness and insomnia. Part Three introduces a whole new concept in aromatherapy - personality enhancement - and explains the particular characteristics of individual essential oils and how they can be matched to human personality types. You can find out, for example, whether you are a Floral, Herbie, Rootie, Woodie, Fruitie or Seedie type, and create your own tailor-made personality blends.
Encyclopaedic in scope, and based on the most up-to-date research, The Fragrant Mind offers a wealth of information in an easy, accessible style, and shows the way in which essential oils can influence our minds and emotions.
Well-respected herbalist David Hoffmann's comprehensive and practical guide to herbal medicine.
- Discusses the history and modern practice of herbalism, including Chinese, Native American, and Welsh influences.
- Includes a practical reference section listing the effects of various herbs, with prescriptions on how to use them for a wide range of illnesses.
- Covers the fundamentals of growing, drying, storing, and cooking with herbs.
- Over 45,000 copies of previous edition sold.
This compendium of medical herbalism by one of the most eminent herbalists practicing today is both comprehensive and practical. Answering basic as well as complicated questions about herbal medicine, it provides both the novice and the experienced practitioner with a reliable framework in which to develop their herbal skills.
A discussion of the history and modern practice of herbalism, encompassing the influences of Welsh, Chinese, and Native American herbal medicine is followed by a practical reference section that lists the various actions herbs have on the body (carminative, anti-inflammatory, etc.), with examples of herbs and their mode of activity in each category. Herbal prescriptions for various illnesses are also organized under the main systems of the body so that information can be quickly and easily referenced. A final section covers the fundamentals of growing, drying storing and cooking with herbs, as well as the making of infusions, decoctions, oils, and ointments. The author also provides helpful introductions to aromatherapy and plant medicines.
The Weight, Hypnotherapy and YOU Weight Reduction Program: An NLP and Hypnotherapy Practitioner's Manual gives practitioners a complete, fully-scripted, ready-to-use weight reduction program that addresses the epidemic problem of obesity in adults. This book gives step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions for managing, conducting and marketing a unique program that can constitute a niche offering, or add a new, valuable and profitable service to an existing practice. The program is based on actual clinical experience and published research on the efficacy of hypnotherapy as a viable tool in weight management. The book includes examples of office forms and marketing materials, as well as a CD containing a Client Workbook with take-home readings and assignments. This program will help your clients stay motivated and on-track with their nutrition and exercise plans, while working at an individual pace. Key Selling Points: The only practitioner's manual of its kind, this book will offer readers a complete programme they can easily integrate into their existing practices. Will give NLP and hypnotherapy practitioners a proven programme to address the increasing problem of obesity in developed nations. Tells practitioners how to manage the programme, conduct each session, troubleshoot and follow-up with clients, and market the programme. Backed by recent research finding that hypnotherapy, combined with other behavioural approaches (diet and exercise) enhances success in weight reduction. Developed on the basis of interviews with actual weight reduction clients, consultation with a nurse-practitioner who specializes in nutritional counselling, and a thorough review of relevant literature. Accompanied by a CD containing a client workbook of take-home readings and assignments to help clients learn more about weight management, and stay involved between sessions. Designed to keep clients motivated and on track with their weight reduction goals while they choose their own nutritional and exercise plans, and allows clients to work at their own pace. Includes free Client Workbook CD.
The Ling Shu, also known as the Ling Shu Jing, is part of a unique and seminal trilogy of ancient Chinese medicine, together with the Su Wen and Nan Jing. It constitutes the foundation of a two-thousand-year healing tradition that remains active to this day. Its therapeutic approach is based on a purely secular science of nature, with natural laws serving as guidelines for human behavior and medical treatment. No other text offers such broad insights into the thinking and manifest action of the authors of the time. Following an introduction, this volume contains the full original Chinese text of the Ling Shu, an English translation of all eighty-one chapters, and notes on difficult-to-grasp passages and possible changes in the text over time on the basis of Chinese primary and secondary literature of the past two thousand years and translator Paul Unschuld's own work. The Ling Shu reveals itself as a completely rational work, and, in many of its statements, a surprisingly modern one. It will provide the foundation for comparisons with the nearly contemporaneous Corpus Hippocraticum of ancient Europe and today's iterations of traditional Chinese Medicine as well.
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