Integrative Approaches for Health

Author: Bhushan Patwardhan
Publisher: Academic Press
ISBN: 0128014342
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Despite spectacular advances, modern medicine faces formidable global challenges in several key areas—notably the persistence of major killer diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, leprosy, and newer threats including HIV/AIDS, resistant infections, and Ebola. As such, modern medicine has not led to a significant decrease in chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity, and other degenerative and autoimmune diseases. The authors believe that modern medicine needs to experience a paradigm shift, an integration of traditions—in particular from the ancient systems like Ayurveda and Yoga. Integrative Approaches for Health: Biomedical Research, Ayurveda and Yoga brings together the basic principles of interdisciplinary systems approach for an evolving construct of future medicine. Such an approach is already emerging at the cutting edge of current research in omics, bioinformatics, computational and systems biology. Several leading institutions of medicine have adopted Yoga and complementary medicine to widen their reach, and deepen effectiveness in therapeutic practices. The amalgam of modern medicine, with its strengths in scientific rigor, blended with the basic principles of life drawn from Ayurveda and Yoga might evolve into a medicine of tomorrow. Integrative approaches are no longer alternative, perhaps taking these approaches is the only possible way to heal our sick planet. This book introduces important trends and tools for biomedical researchers and physicians alike, to innovate the practice of medicine for the better. Contains a harmonious confluence of ancient and modern concepts, historical perspectives, philosophical underpinnings, and a relevant review of literature supported by worldwide case studies. Provides a critical analysis of ancient wisdom, pointing to potential areas for future research, which provide food for thought for public debate on integrative health care for the twenty-first century. Explains Ayurveda knowledge, and its relevance to drug discovery, nutrition, genomics, epigenetics, regenerative biology, longevity and personalized medicine. Shares Yoga knowledge insights, and explains its relevance to body–mind complex relationships, psychology, neurobiology, immunoendocrinology, bioenergetics, consciousness, and cognitive sciences. Offers illustrations and logic diagrams for enhanced understanding of the concepts presented.

Bioenvironmental Issues Affecting Men s Reproductive and Sexual Health

Author: Suresh C Sikka
Publisher: Academic Press
ISBN: 0128013133
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Bioenvironmental Issues Affecting Men's Reproductive and Sexual Health is structured into two parts related to men’s reproductive and sexual health with eight sections designed to enable a logical flow of such knowledge. The book is focused on the biology of key organs involved in male reproduction and the environmental influences affecting their functions with particular emphasis on clinical aspects. Individual chapters within the book range from basic to translational aspects, but all hold clinical relevance. This is an essential reference for those working and learning in the field of human reproduction, reproductive toxicology and environmental influences on reproductive and sexual health. Brings together the leading authorities working in the field of male reproduction and sexual health and how the environment affects these issues. Provides guidelines and reference values of various reproductive hormones, semen parameters, inclusion/exclusion criteria for clinical trials. Discover the most efficient methods by which to design clinical protocols for sperm safety studies and reproductive toxicology trials.

Innovative Approaches in Drug Discovery

Author: Bhushan Patwardhan
Publisher: Academic Press
ISBN: 0128018224
Format: PDF
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Despite considerable technological advances, the pharmaceutical industry is experiencing a severe innovation deficit, especially in the discovery of new drugs. Innovative Approaches in Drug Discovery: Ethnopharmacology, Systems Biology and Holistic Targeting provides a critical review and analysis of health, disease and medicine, and explores possible reasons behind the present crisis in drug discovery. The authors illustrate the benefits of systems biology and pharmacogenomics approaches, and advocate the expansion from disease-centric discovery to person-centric therapeutics involving holistic, multi-target, whole systems approaches. This book lays a path for reigniting pharmaceutical innovation through a disciplined reemergence of pharmacognosy, embracing open innovation models and collaborative, trusted public-private partnerships. With unprecedented advances made in the development of biomedically-relevant tools and technologies, the need is great and the time is now for a renewed commitment towards expanding the repertoire of medicines. By incorporating real-life examples and state-of-the-art reviews, this book provides valuable insights into the discovery and development strategies for professionals, academicians, and students in the pharmaceutical sciences. Analyzes the reasons behind historical drug failures to provide valuable insights on lessons learned Uses current scientific research to promote learning from traditional knowledge systems and through the integration of traditional and western medicines Discusses advances in technologies and systems biology to support the transition from formulation discovery to therapeutic discovery

Rodent Model as Tools in Ethical Biomedical Research

Author: Monica Levy Andersen
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319115782
Format: PDF, Mobi
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​The objective of this book is to concisely present information with respect to appropriate use of experimental rodents in research. The principles elaborated seek to provide knowledge of the techniques involved in both management and scientific research to all who use laboratory animals, with a focus on the well-being and ethics regarding rodents and also to fortify the awareness of the importance of the animal as a study object and to offer orientation and assistance in conducting laboratory research, education or tests.

Integrative Health Services

Author: Heather Mullins-Owens
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319298577
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This readable overview offers a public health framework for integrating medical and alternative care to improve health outcomes in patients with chronic illnesses. It details the promise, potential, and challenges of holistic services as patients seek diverse treatment options and health care systems address the demand for more affordable, accessible, and effective care. The book’s integrative model describes the process in theory and practice, from cost and reimbursement issues and turf wars between providers to expanding on traditional concepts of illness and wellness. Learning objectives, case studies, discussion questions, and other helpful features make this a vital student text. The book’s concentrated coverage: Introduces concepts of integrative health services. Applies integrative health concepts to public health areas, e.g., prevention. Contrasts integrative models of health with the traditional biomedical model. Describes health care systems, use, and disparities in integrative health services. Reviews implications for the public health workforce. Integrative Health Services benefits public health students, pre-med students, and those with an interest in health policy and health trends. Additionally, public health educators, practitioners, and scholars who may not be familiar with integrative health services and conflicts related to their increased use in health care will find it a helpful tool to quickly bring them up to date

Complementary and Integrative Therapies for Mental Health and Aging

Author: Charles Reynolds
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199380864
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Complementary and Integrative Therapies for Mental Health and Aging provides an up-to-date overview of integrative medicine that clinicians, researchers, and caregivers will require in order to address the major mental and physical disorders of aging. The chapters herein will increase clinicians' familiarity with the most recent research findings, and broaden their understanding of the use of these interventions in clinical practice. The discussion of the data is provided in easy-to-use format covering different fields of integrative medicine, and is written by an international group of leaders and researchers in their respective areas of expertise. This volume can be used for training by students of integrative medicine and gerontology, and individual chapters can be used as on-the-go references on a particular topic. Putting this work into a wider context, volume editors Helen Lavretsky, Martha Sajatovic, and Charles Reynolds III also provide a necessary framework for clinicians and public policy makers to understand the necessity of pursuing complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine for aging adults.

The Legacy of Caraka

Author: M. S. Valiathan
Publisher: Orient Blackswan
ISBN: 9788125025054
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Caraka, The Master Physician, Is Believed To Have Lived In The First Century Ad. The Samhita Composed By Him Forms The Bedrock Of Ayurvedic Practice Today. His Contribution To India S Cultural Inheritance Was Profound. Caraka Samhita Was, In Fact, A Revision Of An Older Text Agnivesa Tantra, Which Was Written Several Centuries Before Caraka S Time. Caraka S Revision Became So Popular That It Was Translated Into Tibetan, Arabic, English And Many Indian Languages. The Legacy Of Caraka Retells The Samhita In A New Format. Instead Of Adhering To The Sequence Of The Stha Nas In The Original, The Author Has Retold The Samhita Through Thematically Structured Chapters, In Contemporary Idiom. The Retelling Has Involved Some Degree Of Restructuring And Condensation But Has Ensured That Whatever Is Stated Can Be Traced Back To The Original. In A Detailed Introduction, The Author Has Commented On Specific Aspects Of Caraka S Philosophy, Concepts And Practice, As Seen From The Point Of View Of Modern Medicine. This Book Will Be Of Special Interest To Students Of A Yurveda, Medicine And Other Sciences, And Those Interested In The History Of Science In India.

Research Based Perspectives on the Psychophysiology of Yoga

Author: Telles, Shirley
Publisher: IGI Global
ISBN: 1522527893
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Yoga has evolved into a popular fitness practice across the globe. With the various schools of practice, it is imperative for practitioners to study both traditional texts and emerging scientific research in this area. Research-Based Perspectives on the Psychophysiology of Yoga is a unique reference source for the latest academic material on the physiological effects of yoga and cultivating a deeper understanding of yoga practice through the intersection of traditional texts and contemporary research. Including a range of topics such as occupational health, neurobiology, and women’s health, this book is ideally designed for professionals, practitioners, students, educators, and academics interested in the effects, challenges, and benefits of yoga practice.

Hospital based Integrative Medicine

Author: Ian D. Coulter
Publisher: Rand Corporation
ISBN: 0833045598
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This study tracks the establishment of a single hospital-based integrative medicine center. Although some factors clearly worked in favor of the center, the hospital had few models to guide it and no experience in creating such a clinic. Thus, it made many decisions in the areas of administration, finance, and legal issues that created barriers to the center's success, and the center was ultimately closed.