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How to Use Herbs, Nutrients & Yoga in Mental Health Care

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Many physicians and therapists agree that herbs and mind-body practices enhance health, but many more are reluctant to integrate them into their clinical work because of a lack of training or, given how long it takes to master the use of hundreds of different herbs, a lack of time. But the trend is clear: clients and consumers alike want control over their health care choices, making the time ripe for a practical resource that guides both the clinician and the consumer on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). This book answers that call. Three noted experts in integrative medicine, Drs. Brown, Gerbarg, and Muskin, demystify the complexities of alternative mental health care, giving readers a comprehensive yet accessible guidebook to the best treatment options out there. From mood, memory, and anxiety disorders to ADD, sexual enhancement issues, psychotic disorders, and substance abuse, every chapter covers a major diagnostic category. The authors then present a range of complementary and alternative treatments--including the use of herbs, nutrients, vitamins, nootropics, hormones, and mind-body practices-- that they have found to be beneficial for various conditions within each category. For example, B complex vitamins and folate have been shown to help with depression; omega-3 fatty acids can offer relief for bipolar sufferers; coherent and resonant breathing techniques--used by Buddhist monks--induce healthy alpha rhythms in the brain to relieve anxiety; the elderly can boost their memory by taking the ancient medicinal herb Rhodiola rosea; and those with chronic fatigue syndrome can find comfort in acupuncture and yoga. Focusing on evidence-based approaches, the research, the authors' clinical experience, and the potential risks and benefits of each treatment are carefully examined. Brown, Gerbarg, and Muskin have distilled an otherwise daunting field of treatment down to its basics: their overriding approach is to present the CAM methods that are most practical in a clinical setting, easy to administer, and low in side effects. With helpful summary tables at the end of each chapter, clinical pearls, and case vignettes interspersed throughout, this is a must-have resource for all clinicians and consumers who want the best that alternative medicine has to offer.

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Brown, Gerbarg, and Muskin, medical practitioners in integrative medicine, have written a book that offers a variety of safe, low-cost natural options, and alternative treatments. The authors emphasize that there is a place in the management of mental and emotional disorders for yoga, other natural therapies, nutrients, and herbal medications. The authors contend that many therapists and physicians agree that these mind-body options can enhance health, but are reluctant to include them in their treatment regimens. However, they also note that consumers want more control over their health care choices and that most consumers are already using complementary treatments, with or without the advice of their doctors. Topics include basic principles of integrative mental health care, types of disorders and issues, medical illnesses, and substance abuse. The book will interest both clinicians and consumers. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


All you need to know about herbs, nutrients, and yoga for enhancing mental health.

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Richard P. Brown, MD, is an

Product Details

W. W. Norton & Company
Alternative medicine
Richard P. Brown, Md
Brown, Richard P.
Gerbarg, Patricia L., Md
Brown, Robert P.
Philip R. Muskin, Md
Patricia L. Gerbarg, Md
Gerbarg, Patricia L.
Brown, Richard P., Md
Muskin, Philip R., Md
Muskin, Philip R.
Mental Illness
Psychiatry - General
Mental illness -- Alternative treatment.
Mental disorders -- Therapy.
Plants, Medicinal
Health and Medicine-Alternative
Publication Date:
January 2009
Grade Level:
9.6 x 6.6 x 1.2 in 1.71 lb

Related Subjects

» Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Alternative
» Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
» Health and Self-Help » Psychology » General
» Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Professional Reference

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