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ABC of Complementary Medicine by Catherine Zollman, Andrew J. Vickers, Janet Richardson

By Catherine Zollman, Andrew J. Vickers, Janet Richardson

This revised and up to date variation of the ABC of Complementary drugs deals an authoritative advent to complementary treatments. Taking an autonomous point of view, neither selling nor disparaging complementary treatments, this moment version contains the most recent info on efficacy of remedies and gives a brand new emphasis on sufferer administration. The ABC of Complementary drugs is a useful consultant to any health practitioner who encounters complementary medication in medical perform.

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Behavioural treatment for chronic low-back pain. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2005; 1: CD002014. Randomized controlled trials support the use of various relaxation techniques for treating both acute and chronic pain, although two recent systematic reviews suggest that methodological flaws may compromise the reliability of these findings. Randomized trials have shown hypnosis to be of value in asthma and irritable bowel syndrome. There is evidence from systematic reviews that hypnosis and relaxation techniques are probably not of general benefit in stopping smoking or substance misuse or in treating hypertension.

Behavioural treatment for chronic low-back pain. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2005; 1: CD002014. Randomized controlled trials support the use of various relaxation techniques for treating both acute and chronic pain, although two recent systematic reviews suggest that methodological flaws may compromise the reliability of these findings. Randomized trials have shown hypnosis to be of value in asthma and irritable bowel syndrome. There is evidence from systematic reviews that hypnosis and relaxation techniques are probably not of general benefit in stopping smoking or substance misuse or in treating hypertension.

Others use commercially available preparations. Herbal prescriptions are usually made up as tinctures (alcoholic extracts) or teas. Syrups, pills, capsules, ointments, and compresses may also be used. Oral preparations can taste and smell unpleasant. Therapeutic scope Although herbal preparations are widely used as self-medication for acute conditions, practitioners of herbal medicine tend to concentrate on treating chronic conditions. A typical caseload might include asthma, eczema, premenstrual syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine, menopausal symptoms, chronic fatigue, and irritable bowel syndrome.

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