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Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Nursing Practice - 2nd edition

by Karen Fontaine

Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Nursing Practice (ISBN10: 0131512544; ISBN13: 9780131512542)
ISBN13: 978-0131512542
ISBN10: 0131512544

Summary: For courses in alternative therapies as well as issues and trends courses, and continuing education courses for nurses.

Providing a comprehensive overview of alternative health practices and complementary therapies from a nursing perspective, this enlightening and informative resource covers the principles, techniques, research, health promotion methods and healing practices for specific illnesses and symptoms. This second edition incorporates the latest r moreesearch findings, expanded resource sections, additional photographs, and thoroughly updated material.


  • NEW - "Using Research to Heal" feature--Presents current students to further critical thinking.
    • Inspires students to design studies to answer their questions.
  • NEW - Updated resource section--Includes resources from Canada & Great Britain.
    • Incorporates a more global approach to reflect the growing interest in and use of alternative therapies.
  • NEW - Updated research section.
    • Leads students to all of the latest research findings.
  • NEW - Expanded chapter on herbs and nutrition.
    • Incorporates new research findings and a table on herb/drug interaction.
  • Integrated nursing practice chapter sections--Provides specific information on and suggestions for implementing alternative healing therapies into Western health care systems.
    • Helps students understand the role of alternative practices in the current health care system.
  • Comparison of philosophical approaches--Introduces the philosophical approaches to both Western biomedicine and alternative or complementary medicine; defines and discusses such common concepts as energy, breath, spirituality, and healing.
    • Provides a basis of comparison and allows students to relate what they know and understand about Western Practices to alternative practices.
  • Systematized health care practices--Considers an entire set of values, attitudes, and beliefs that generate a philosophy of treatment, not simply a group of remedies.
    • Acknowledges the holistic aspects of alternative approaches to care.
  • Botanical healing--Covers herbs and nutritional supplements, naturopathy, homeopathy, and aromatherapy.
    • Exposes students to healing methods used by 80% of the world's population.
  • Manual healing methods--Examines chiropractic, massage therapy, pressure point therapies, hand-mediated biofield therapies, and physical-biofield therapies.
    • Enlightens students to some of our most ancient healing techniques, and demonstrates their impact and staying power in health care today.
  • Mind-body techniques--Includes discussions on yoga, meditation, hypnotherapy and imagery, dreams, biofeedback, and movement-oriented therapies.
    • Demonstrates the variety of alternative practices for healing and health promotion.
  • Spiritual approaches--Looks at working with shamans and the use of faith and prayer.
    • Helps students understand the power and significant therapeutic value of ancient principles and practices.
  • Alternative therapies--Considers such practices as bioelectromagnetics, detoxifying therapies, and animals assisted therapy.
    • Makes students aware of current ideas and options available in alternative healing.
  • "Try This" boxed feature--Includes discussions on focused breathing, visualization, emotional first aid, improving dream recall, absorbing earth energy, interacting with your pet, and more.
    • Gives students an example of how alternative therapies can be integrated into their own lives. less

Edition/Copyright: 2ND 05
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 07/06/2004
International: No

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