From Publishers Weekly
This well-researched compendium by the author of The Healing Herbs provides an upbeat introduction to drug-free healing methods. Subjects, covered in separate chapters, include acupuncture, low-fat eating, sleep, weight training, cognitive therapy, vitamins and minerals, yoga and supplementary cancer therapies (in the chapter "Complementary Cancer Care"). Quoting liberally from leading researchers and/or healers in the respective areas, Castleman describes the therapies and suggests how-to steps for applying them. As is expected of Rodale's offerings, the prose is clear, straightforward and not marked by authorial personality. "Resources" is an annotated appendix listing information on books, magazines, newsletters, videos, products and national organizations pertaining to each topic. This is a well-reasoned guide for those in need of DIY advice and rational explanations of alternative, non-pharmaceutical therapies.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Castleman (The Healing Herbs, Rodale, 1991), who is considered one of the top health writers in the country, has compiled one of the finest, most-comprehensive volumes on alternative healing, written for lay readers. By listing only those therapies that have withstood serious medical research, Castleman has created a unique book. He provides the history of, and scientific studies for, 33 different therapies, ranging from acupressure to yoga. Also included is an A-Z Cure Finder to locate appropriate therapies. There are many new books in this field; many give the history of natural therapies, but they do not offer the scientific bases for them. See, for example, New Choices in Natural Healing (LJ 7/95) for other current works. Highly recommended for all popular health collections. Index not seen.Loraine F. Sweetland, Rebok Memorial Lib., Silver Spring, Md.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.