There is a growing recognition that complimentary and alternative medicine can play a significant role in optimizing healthcare. Most physicians, however, have little knowledge of the field - and many would like to know more about possible modalities that might be thought appropriate for their patients. This textbook is for physicians and others with an interest in gaining access to authoritative information about the range of options now available under the general heading of complimentary and alternative medicine. The book has been written by over 20 practitioners in the field with considerable experience of their subjects based on a sound academic understanding of the principles involved. It does, therefore, provide a clear, valuable and reliable guide for anyone wishing to know about the wide range of herbal and other CAM therapies and to understand their practical application to human health.