Medicine & Health Sciences

Holistic Healthcare
Possibilities and Challenges

Editors: Anne George, MD
Oluwatobi Samuel Oluwafemi, PhD
Blessy Joseph
Editorial Board Members: Sabu Thomas, PhD
Matthew Sebastian, MD
Raji V, PhD

Holistic Healthcare

Published. Available now.
Pub Date: March 2017
Hardback Price: $129.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771883726
E-Book ISBN: 978-1-315-36624-1
Pages: 295pp w/ index
Binding Type: hardback
Notes: 121 b/w illustrations

This new book focuses on recent trends in holistic medicine, the art of maintaining proper balance between one’s physical health and mental well-being. The books highlights the importance of maintaining a healthy life style for physical well-being and examines the advantages of using traditional medicine to combat multi-drug-resistance problems caused by modern-day antibiotics. It details the advantages of using holistic approaches to treat infectious diseases with relevant clinical data.

Covering a diverse array of topics in the field of holistic medicine, Holistic Healthcare: Possibilities and Challenges:

  • looks at integrative pharmacology, combining the use of Ayurveda (traditional Indian Medicine [TIM]), traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and conventional ,edicine (CM)
  • reviews African traditional and alternative medicine implementation in primary healthcare systems
  • reviews the concepts and principles of yoga
  • discusses the potential bactericidal properties of some plants commonly used in Ayurvedic medicinal practices
  • examines the antibacterial effect of green tea and black tea extract against selected genera of bacteria
  • explores audio visual entertainment and acupressure therapy for insomnia
  • the use of Ayurveda for reproductive issues
In short, this book will provide practitioners and students with new perspectives and information for understanding the limitations of current therapies and encourage them to find strategies that combine modern technology with holistic approaches. The book will be valuable to doctors and researchers from practicing modern medicine (allopathy), as well as those involved in Ayurveda, homeopathy, naturopathy, reiki, along with practitioners of yoga, acupuncture, and more.

CONTENTS:
Preface
1. A Tour around the World’s Medical Systems Using Evidence-Based Medicine to Point Out What Is the Best Medicine: Holistic Mind-Body Medicine Is Safest Most Effective for Most Clinical Conditions
Søren Ventegodt
2. African Traditional and Alternative Medicine Implementation in Primary Healthcare Systems in Africa: Bottlenecks and Prospects
Ernest Tambo, Emmanuel Chidiebere Ugwu, Ghislaine Madjou, Emmanuel Mouafo Tekwu, Anwar H. Gilani, and Jeane Yonkeu Ngogang
3. POSTURES
Tilak Kalra
4. Integrative Pharmacology: Interconnecting the World of Ayurveda (Traditional Indian Medicine – TIM), Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and Conventional Medicine (CM)
Susana Dinis
5. Concept and Principles of Yoga
Sr. Gisala George
6. The Potential Bactericidal Properties of Some Plants Commonly Used in Ayurvedic Medicinal Practices of South India
Indu M. Nair and A. A. Mohamed Hatha
7. Antibacterial Effect of Green Tea and Black Tea Extract Against Selected Genera of Bacteria
Treasa Nimy, K. A., Vincent Terrence Rebello, and T. K. Mukundan
8. In Vitro Anti-Platelet Aggregation Property of Heracleum candolleanum (Wight et Arn.) Gamble, A Promising Tribal Medicinal Plant from Western Ghats
Hemand Aravind
9. Role of Medicinal Plants in Targeting Important Signaling Pathways in Cervical Cancer
Savita Pandita, Rashmi Deshpande, Shama Aphale, and Ruchika Kaul-Ghanekar
10. Audio Visual Entertainment and Acupressure Therapy for Insomnia
G. Hema, Mariya Yeldhos, Sowmya Narayanan, and L. Dhivyalakshmi
11. A Review of Medicinal Plants Used in Cardioprotective Remedies in Traditional Medicine
S. Saranya and V. Vijaya Padma
12. Scope of Non-Invasive Surgery of Shushrut in Present Era with Special Reference to Keloids
J.N Mishra
13. Complex Issues Related to Human Reproduction in Modern Society
Ann Holaday
Index


About the Authors / Editors:
Editors: Anne George, MD
Director, Institute for Holistic Medical Sciences, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Anne George, MD, MBBS, DGO, Dip Acupuncture, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy at the Government Medical College, Kottayam, Kerala, India. She has organized several international conferences, is a fellow of the American Medical Society, and is a member of many international organizations. Dr. George has worked in several different international labs, which include the laboratories at Laval University, Quebec, Canada; Faculty of Medicine, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, and the Department of Immunology, Katholieke University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. Dr. George has edited many books and published research articles and reviews in international journals and has presented many papers at international conferences. Her major research interests human anatomy, polymeric scaffolds for tissue engineering, diabetes, nature cures, and diet and human health. She received her MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and her Bachelor of Surgery from Trivandrum Medical College, University of Kerala, India. She acquired a DGO (Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynecology) from the University of Vienna, Austria; a Diploma of Acupuncture from the University of Vienna; and her MD from Kottayam Medical College, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India.

Oluwatobi Samuel Oluwafemi, PhD
Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry, University of Johannesburg, Doornfontein Campus, South Africa

Oluwatobi Samuel Oluwafemi, PhD, is currently at Professor in the Department of Applied Chemistry at the University of Johannesburg, Doornfontein Campus, South Africa. Dr. Oluwatobi is an NRF-rated researcher and is actively involved in research in the area of nanotechnology. He has published many papers in internationally recognized journals and has presented at several professional meetings both locally and internationally. He is a fellow of many professional bodies, a reviewer for many international journals, and has received many awards for his excellent work in material research both local and international. His current research interests include green synthesis and application of nanoparticles in medicine, water treatment, polymer, LEDs, and sensors.

Blessy Joseph
Research Scholar, International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Blessy Joseph is a research fellow at the International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. She received a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering (Molecular Medicine) from the University of Kerala, India. She has experience in green synthesis of gold nanoparticles for biomedical applications and is currently engaged in developing functionalized gold nanoparticles for drug delivery applications at the International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

Editorial Board Members: Sabu Thomas, PhD
Director, International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Sabu Thomas, PhD, is a Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering at the School of Chemical Sciences and Director of the International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. He received his BSc degree (1980) in chemistry from the University of Kerala, a BTech (1983) in polymer science and rubber technology from the Cochin University of Science and Technology, and a PhD (1987) in polymer engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. The research activities of Professor Thomas include surfaces and interfaces in multiphase polymer blend and composite systems; phase separation in polymer blends; compatibilization of immiscible polymer blends; thermoplastic elastomers; phase transitions in polymers; nanostructured polymer blends; macro-, micro-, and nanocomposites; polymer rheology; recycling; reactive extrusion; processing–morphology–property relationships in multiphase polymer systems; double networking of elastomers; natural fibers and green composites; rubber vulcanization; interpenetrating polymer networks; diffusion; and transport and polymer scaffolds for tissue engineering. He has three patents to his credit and has received the coveted Sukumar Maithy Award as best polymer researcher in the country for the year 2008. Very recently Professor Thomas received the MRSI and CRSI medals for his excellent work. With over 650 publications to his credit and over 22,800 citations, with an h-index of 72, Dr. Thomas has been ranked fifth in India as and published research articles and reviews in international one of the most productive scientists.

Matthew Sebastian, MD
Doctor in Charge, Ayurveda and Vein Clinic in Klagenfurt, Austria; Consultant Surgeon, Maria Hilf Clinic, Klagenfurt, Austria

Sebastian Mathew, MD, is currently the Doctor in Charge at the Ayurveda and Vein Clinic in Klagenfurt, Austria, as well as a Consultant Surgeon at the Maria Hilf Clinic in Klagenfurt, Austria. He is a member of TAM Advisory Committee (Traditional Asian Medicine, Sector Ayurveda) of the Austrian Ministry of Health, and he has conducted an international Ayurveda congress in Klagenfurt, Austria, in 2010. He has several publications to his name. He was a missionary doctor in a Mugana Hospital, Bukoba in Tanzania, Africa (1976–1978). Dr. Mathew received his MBBS from Kottayam Medical College, University of Kerala, India. He acquired his MD in surgery in Austria. He underwent medical training in different hospitals in India, Germany, and Austria and holds several diplomas in acupuncture, neural therapy, manual therapy vascular diseases and Ayurveda.

Raji V, PhD
Assistant Professor, Director, International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Raji V, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at Mahatma Gandhi University in Kerala, India. Her current research interests include synthesis and characterization of metal nanoparticles for drug delivery as well as imaging. She is also engaged in the synthesis of bioconjugated metal nanoparticles for photothermal therapy of cancer. She has several publications to her credit. Dr. Raji V obtained her PhD in biochemistry from the University of Kerala, India.




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