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Complementary & Alternative Therapies in Nursing

SKU# 9780826196125

Seventh Edition


  • Ruth Lindquist PhD, RN, APRN-BC, FAAN
  • Mariah Snyder PhD
  • Mary Frances Tracy PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN

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Sixth Edition Designated a Doody's Core Title!

[C]onsistently offers easily accessible and timely information on how complementary therapies influence the health, comfort, and well-being of patients in a variety of clinical settings. It is an influential resource for nurses in practice, education, and research.

--Janice Post-White, PhD, RN, FAAN
Praise for the Sixth Edition

Complementary and alternative therapies are increasingly popular and this book provides an informative and up-to-date introduction to the more commonly used treatments."--IAHPC Newsletter (International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care)

The seventh edition of this highly acclaimed book continues to deliver evidence-based practice guidelines for the use of complementary and alternative therapies in nursing. It is the only book about complementary/alternative therapies that is focused on nursing, has chapters that examine specific therapies along with guidance for their implementation, and addresses therapies through a cultural/international lens. It reflects the rapid expansion of research on many complementary therapies and the exponential increase in the use of these therapies in the United States and globally. This new edition satisfies the recent requirement by the AACN for knowledge of complementary therapies as essential content for BA and Post-BA programs and will assist students in their study for NCLEX-RN test items regarding complementary therapies.

New to this edition are the contributions of a new editor, Dr. Mary Frances Tracy, who is a recognized expert in the use of complementary therapies in both research and practice settings. In addition to the updating of all research-related content, the book now includes a focus on the use of alternative therapies outside of the U.S. and content on cultural therapies that nurses may encounter in clinical agencies. The book incorporates the most up-to-date information from the National Center for Complementary/Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), the relationship of technology to complementary therapies, updated information about precautions to be taken or interactions to note when using these therapies, instructions for the use of various therapies, and available resources and legal aspects related to the use of complementary therapies. The book includes an interactive PDF.

New to the Seventh Edition:

  • Completely updated research-related contents
  • A focus on the international use of alternative/complementary therapies
  • Incorporates new information from the National Center for Complementary/Alternative Medicine including their most recent classifications for complementary therapies
  • New content on cultural therapies that nurses may encounter
  • Technology and complementary therapies
  • New information on precautions and potential interactions
  • Instruction techniques for each therapy in exhibit form
  • Legal concerns regarding the use of complementary therapies
  • New references providing cutting edge content

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 05, 2013
  • Page Count 584
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826196125
  • EISBN 9780826196347

Table of Contents 




Part I Foundations for Practice

Chapter 1 Evolution and Use of Complementary and Alternative Therapies

Mariah Snyder, Kathleen Niska, and Ruth Lindquist

Chapter 2 Complementary Therapies: Nurse’s Self-Care

Barbara Leonard

Chapter 3 Presence

Sue Penque and Mariah Snyder

Chapter 4 Therapeutic Listening

Shigeaki Watanuki, Mary Fran Tracy, and Ruth Lindquist

Chapter 5 Creating Optimal Healing Environments

Mary Jo Kreitzer and Terri Aborowsky

Part II Mind-Body-Spirit Therapies

Chapter 6 Imagery

Maura Fitzgerald and Mary Langevin

Chapter 7 Music Intervention

Linda Chlan and Annie Heiderscheit

Chapter 8 Humor

Shirley Trout

Chapter 9 Yoga

Miriam E. Cameron

Chapter 10 Biofeedback

Marion Good and Jaclene Zauszniewski

Chapter 11 Meditation

Cynthia R. Gross, Michael S. Christopher, and Maryanne Reilly-Spong

Chapter 12 Prayer

Mariah Snyder and Laura Lathrop

Chapter 13 Journaling

Mariah Snyder

Chapter 14 Storytelling

Margaret P. Moss

Chapter 15 Animal-Assisted Therapy

Susan O’Conner-Von

Part III Manipulative and Body-Based Therapies

Chapter 16 Massage

Melodee Harris

Chapter 17 Tai Chi

Kuei-Min Chen

Chapter 18 Relaxation Therapies

Elizabeth L. Peska, Susan M. Bee, and Michele M. Evans

Chapter 19 Exercise

Diane Treat Jacobson, Ulf G. Bronäs, and Dereck Salisbury

Part IV Natural Products

Chapter 20 Aromatherapy

Linda L. Halcón

Chapter 21 Herbal Medicines

Gregory A. Plotnikoff

Chapter 22 Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals

Melissa Frisvold

Part V Energy Therapies

Chapter 23 Light Therapy

Niloufar Hadidi

Chapter 24 Healing Touch

Alexa W. Umbreit

Chapter 25 Reiki

Debbie Ringdahl

Chapter 26 Acupressure

Pamela Weiss-Farnan

Chapter 27 Reflexology

Thora Jenny Gunnarsdottir

Chapter 28 Magnet Therapy

Corjena K. Cheung

Part VI Education, Practice, and Research

Chapter 29 Integrating Complementary Therapies into Education

Carie A. Braun

Chapter 30 Integrating Complementary Therapies Into Nursing Practice

Elizabeth L. Pestka and Susan Cutshall

Chapter 31 Perspectives on Future Research

Ruth Lindquist, Yeoungsuk Song, and Mariah Snyder


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