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Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Nursing Practice

The most complete, up-to-date, and research-based guide to integrating Complementary and Alternative practices into nursing. Now fully updated and reflecting extensive new research and evidence, Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Nursing Practice, Fourth Edition is today's most comprehensive overview of alternative health practices and complementary therapies from a nursing perspective. It begins by explaining philosophical approaches to both Western biomedicine and alternative or complementary medicine, introducing concepts such as energy, breath, spirituality, and healing. Next, it presents diverse systems of health care practice, including the values, attitudes, and beliefs that accompany them. Detailed sections thoroughly discuss botanical and manual healing, mind-body and spiritual approaches, and more. The appendix provides specific information on alternative therapies for many common health problems. This edition contains new evidence throughout, including significantly updated Considering the Evidence features presenting eight systematic reviews of randomized control trials, and two new primary research studies. Coverage updates include an expanded discussion of the use of music in therapy, including music-thanatology for palliative care. Teaching and Learning Experience This text will help nursing students assimilate thousands of years of healing knowledge from around the world, merging Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) approaches with Western-based nursing practices. It provides: Strong focus throughout on applying evidence and research in real-world nursing practice: Presents the latest evidence, including systematic reviews of randomized control trials and primary research; shows nurses how to evaluate that evidence and use it in practice Comprehensive coverage of virtually all areas of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM): Includes wide-ranging coverage of systematized practices such as traditional Chinese medicine, ayurvedic Medicine, Native American healing and curanderismo; as well as full sections on botanical healing, manual healing, mind-body techniques, spiritual therapies, and more Helps nurses use CAM both as part of an integrated nursing practice, and to improve their own lives and well-being: Offers specific guidance on integrating CAM with western medicine, using it in client education, and personally applying CAM practices to manage stress and other health concerns
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Preface UNIT 1. Healing Practices: Complementary/Alternative Therapies for Nurses 1. Integrative Healing 2. Basic Concepts Guiding Alternative Therapies 3. The Role of Evidence-Based Health Care in Complementary and Alternative Therapies UNIT 2. Systematized Health Care Practices 4. Traditional Chinese Medicine 5. Ayurvedic Medicine 6. Native American Healing and Curanderismo UNIT 3. Botanical Healing 7. Herbs and Nutritional Supplements 8. Aromatherapy 9. Homeopathy 10. Naturopathy UNIT 4. Manual Healing Methods 11. Chiropractic 12. Massage 13. Pressure Point Therapies 14. Hand-Mediated Biofield Therapies 15. Combined Physical and Biofield Therapies UNIT 5. Mind-Body Techniques 16. Yoga 17. Meditation 18. Hypnotherapy and Guided Imagery 19. Dreamwork 20. Intuition 21. Music as a Therapeutic Tool 22. Biofeedback 23. Movement-Oriented Therapies UNIT 6. Spiritual Therapies 24. Shamans 25. Faith and Prayer UNIT 7. Other Therapies 26. Bioelectromagnetics 27. Animal-Assisted Therapy Appendix. Alternative Therapies for Common Health Problems Index TRY THIS SECTIONS Energy Relaxation Massage Positive Thoughts Herbal Remedies Soothing Potions Top Ten Remedies Pet Remedies Visualization Energy Boosters Massage Foot Massage Experience Your Energy Field Emotional First Aid Redirecting the Flow of Energy Heart Breathing Loving-Kindness Meditation Renovating Your Day Shrinking Antagonistic Forces Improving Dream Recall Positive Affirmations Practice Intuition Music for Stress Reduction Mind Control of Muscular Strength Feel Your Qi Wave Hands Like Clouds (Water T'ai Chi) Shamanic Journey Projecting Love Absorbing Earth Energy Going to the Mountains Interacting with Your Pet

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