Textbook of Natural Medicine - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource, 4th Edition
Elsevier eBook on VitalSource®

Textbook of Natural Medicine - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource, 4th Edition


Covering preventive, non-invasive, and natural treatments, Textbook of Natural Medicine, 4th Edition offers more than just alternative medicine. It promotes an integrated practice that can utilize natural medicine, traditional Western medicine, or a combination of both in a comprehensive, scientific treatment plan. Based on a combination of philosophy and clinical studies, Textbook of Natural Medicine helps you provide health care that identifies and controls the underlying causes of disease, is supportive of the body's own healing processes, and is considerate of each patient's unique biochemistry. Internationally known authors Joseph Pizzorno and Michael Murray include detailed pharmacologic information on herbs and supplements, plus evidence-based coverage of diseases and conditions to help you make accurate diagnoses and provide effective therapy.

  • Comprehensive, unique coverage makes this book the gold standard in natural medicine.

  • A scientific presentation includes the science behind concepts and treatments, and discusses Western medical treatments and how they can work with natural medicine in a comprehensive treatment plan; if natural medicine is not effective, this book recommends the Western treatment.

  • Coverage of pharmacology of natural medicines includes the uses and potential dangers of nearly 80 herbal medicines, special nutrients, and other natural agents, addressing topics such as general information, chemical composition, history, pharmacology, clinical applications dosage, and toxicology.

  • In-depth, evidence-based coverage of 73 diseases and conditions includes key diagnostic criteria, pathophysiology of diseases, and therapeutic rationales.

  • Coverage of potential interactions between drugs, herbs, and supplements ensures the safest possible use for each of 79 herbs and supplements.

  • Diagnostic procedures include practical, easy-to-follow descriptions of evidence-based techniques plus discussions of clinical application of diet analysis, food allergy testing, immune function assessment, fatty acid profiling, hair mineral analysis, and other diagnostic approaches.

  • Common therapeutic modalities are described and reviewed, including botanical medicine, nutritional therapy, therapeutic fasting, exercise therapy, hydrotherapy, counseling, acupuncture, homeopathy, and soft tissue manipulation.

  • Coverage of syndromes and therapies helps in understanding the underlying causes of diseases by discussing topics such as food reactions, functional toxicology, sports nutrition, stress management, and breathing pattern disorders.

  • Coverage of the philosophy of natural medicine includes its history and background, with discussions of toxicity, detoxification, and scientific documentation of the healing actions of nature and natural substances.

  • Internationally known authors Joseph Pizzorno and Michael Murray and more than 90 expert contributors provide material that is up to date, accurate, and informed.

  • More than 10,000 research literature citations show that the content is based on science rather than opinions or anecdotes.

  • 13 useful appendices offer quick lookup of frequently used charts, handouts, and information.
  • New chapters are included on hot topics such as female infertility, medicinal mushrooms, natural products and quality control, pregnancy health and primary prevention, and Vitamin K; new appendices include a supplier certification questionnaire and cervical escharotics treatment.

  • Thorough updates ensure that you use only the most current research and provide the most effective treatment of patients.

  • Tabs in Specific Health Problems section separate more than 70 alphabetized diseases/conditions.

  • One convenient volume replaces the cumbersome two-volume set for easy, convenient reference.

  • Electronic access is available via Pageburst, making it easy to search topics, drugs, herbs and supplements, and diseases and conditions. Sold separately.


1. Eastern Origins of Integrative Medicine and Modern Applications

2. Functional Medicine: A 21st Century Model of Patient Care and Medical Education

3. A Hierarchy of Healing: The Therapeutic Order

4. History of Naturopathic Medicine

5. Philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine

6. Placebo and the Power to Heal

7. Positive Mental Attitude

8. Research in Natural Medicine


9. Apoptosis Assessment

10. Bacterial Overgrowth of the Small Intestine Breath Test

11. Cell Signaling Analysis

12. Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate

13. Fantus Test

14. Fatty Acid Profiling

15. Food Allergies

16. Genomics, Nutrigenomics, and the Promise of Personalized Medicine

17. Hair Mineral Analysis

18. Heidelberg pH Capsule Gastric Analysis

19. Immune Function Assessment

20. Intestinal Permeability Assessment

21. Laboratory Tests for the Determination of Vitamin Status

22. Lactose Intolerance Testing

23. Metal Toxicity: Assessment of Exposure and Retention

24. Mineral Status Evaluation

25. Oral Manifestations of Nutritional Status

26. Rapid Dark Adaptation Test

27. Stool Analysis

28. Urinary Organic Acids Profiling for Assessment of Functional Nutrient Deficiencies, Gut Dysbiosis, and Toxicity

29. Urinary Porphyrins for the Detection of Heavy Metal and Toxic Chemical Exposure

30. Urine Indican Test (Obermeyer Test)


31. Acupuncture

32. Ayurveda: The Science of Life and Mother of the Healing Arts

33. Botanical Medicine -- A Modern Perspective

34. Botanical Medicine -- Understanding Herbal Preparations

35. Environmental Medicine

36. The Exercise Prescription

37. Fasting

38. Glandular Therapy

39. Homeopathy

40. Hydrotherapy

41. Manipulation

42. Nonpharmacological Control of Pain

43. Nontransfusion Significance of ABO and ABO-Associated Polymorphisms

44. Nutritional Medicine

45. Peat Therapeutics and Balneotherapy

46. Rotation Diet: A Diagnostic and Therapeutic Tool

47. Soft Tissue Manipulation: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Potential

48. Spirituality and Healing

49. Unani Medicine  NEW!


50. Cancer -- Integrated Naturopathic Support

51. Chronic Candidiasis

52. Dietary Fiber

53. Functional Toxicology

54. Homocysteine Metabolism: Nutritional Modulation and Impact on Health and Disease

55. Hyperventilation Syndrome/Breathing Pattern Disorders

56. Immune Support

57. Intestinal Protozoan Infestation and Systemic Illness

58. Maldigestion

59. Sports Nutrition

60. Stress Management


61. Alkylglycerols

62. Allium cepa (Onion)

63. Allium sativum (Garlic)

64. Aloe vera (Cape Aloe)

65. Angelica Species

66. Artemisia absinthium (Wormwood)

67. Artemisia annua (Sweet Wormwood)

68. Bee Products Ð Pollen, Propolis, and Royal Jelly

69. Beta-carotene and Other Carotenoids

70. Boron

71. Bromelain

72. Camellia sinensis (Green Tea)

73. Capsicum frutescens (Cayenne Pepper)

74. Carnitine

75. Centella asiatica (Gotu Kola)

76. Chinese Prepared Medicines

77. Cimicifuga racemosa (Black Cohosh)

78. Citicoline (CDP-Choline)

79. Coenzyme Q10

80. Coleus forskohlii

81. Commiphora mukul (Mukul Myrhh Tree)

82. Crataegus oxyacantha (Hawthorn)

83. Croton lechleri (Dragon's Blood)

84. Curcuma longa (Turmeric)

Joseph E. Pizzorno, ND, President Emeritus, Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA, USA and Michael T. Murray, ND, Faculty, Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA, USA


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