Complementary and Alternative Therapies Research

Pages: 235
Item #: 4317165
ISBN: 978-1-4338-0401-4
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Copyright: 2009
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Psychologists and other health practitioners frequently work with patients whose symptoms only partially respond to traditional therapies. Other patients may have been diagnosed with a medical illness and need help coping with both the illness and its treatment. In these and other cases, therapists may wish to consider interventions from among those collectively known as complementary and alternative therapies.

This book describes the most common complementary and alternative therapies that have empirical support from peer-reviewed journals and provides guidance on which therapies have been most useful for which psychological and medical issues. In chapters that cover massage and acupressure, acupuncture, Tai Chi, yoga, exercise, hypnosis, meditation, and other therapies, the author documents the positive emotional, behavioral, physiological, and biochemical effects of these therapies as well as proposed mechanisms of change.

Additional information is provided on how complementary and alternative therapies can be used in conjunction with traditional therapies. Although focused primarily on adults, the book offers data and guidance on pediatric populations as well. Clear information on the training and credentials of complementary and alternative therapy practitioners is provided as well as contact information for professional associations, so psychotherapists can have confidence in making referrals to and working with these other practitioners. The information is easily accessible to graduate students and medical students as well as novice and seasoned clinicians and researcher.

Table of Contents



  1. Combining Complementary Therapies With Psychotherapy
  2. Origins of Modern Complementary and Alternative Medicines
  3. Massage Therapy, Acupressure, and Reflexology
  4. Acupuncture
  5. Tai Chi and Chi Gong
  6. Yoga and Pilates
  7. Exercise
  8. Music Therapy
  9. Aromatherapy
  10. Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  11. Imagery
  12. Hypnosis
  13. Biofeedback
  14. Meditation
  15. Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Pediatric Populations


  1. Therapies That Have Been Effective for Different Conditions and Procedures
  2. Training and Credentials of Therapists
  3. Resources for Complementary and Alternative Medicine


Author Index

Subject Index

About the Author

Author Bio
Tiffany Field, PhD, is director and founder of the Touch Research Institute and professor of pediatrics, psychiatry, and psychology at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, and is on the faculty of Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California. She is a recipient of the American Psychological Association Boyd McCandless Young Scientist Award and has received a number of research scientist awards from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Field is the author of Infancy, The Amazing Infant, Touch, Advances in Touch, Touch Therapy, and Massage Research; the editor of a series of volumes on high-risk infants and a series on stress and coping; and the author of more than 450 journal articles.