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The "Which?" Guide to Complementary Therapies ("Which?" Consumer Guides) Paperback – 31 Oct 2002


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Which? Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (31 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852028938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852028933
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,022,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Which complementary therapies are the most suitable for treating eczema, stress and anxiety, or migraines? How do you go about finding a reliable practitioner? How do you assess the evidence that exists to back up the efficacy of various therapies? This revised guide examines a wide range of treatment options ranging from acupuncture and chiropractic, through healing and reflexology, to yoga. For each therapy, the book discusses its history and theory, what it is commonly used for, the treatment and possible side-effects, costs involved and tips to help you find a practitioner.

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Quite a good comprehensive introduction to complementary therapies. Includes history, application and reasons for choosing . I would recommend as a starting point for further study.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Wakefield on 19 April 2008
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Thank goodness I only borrowed this book from my library and didn't fork out hard-earned cash for it.

I have always thought of Which? as an impartial and independent champion for conusmer rights, so when I borrowed this book I expected a fair and unbiased read. Don't let the subtitle of the book fool you ("An independent look..."). A quick look at the 'About the author' section states that Helen Barnett is "a practising acupuncturist". Hardly what I would call unbiased. And the list of acknowledgments reads like a who's who in CAM (complementary and alternative medicine). There is not an independent body amongst them. Talk about vested interests!

I was tempted to give this book 1 star out of 5, but, to me at least, it is reasonably interesting in that it does describe a lot of different CAMs. So, 2 out of 5 it is.

In summary, borrow this book from the library (if you must), but do not buy it. And, shame on you 'Which?' - I expected better.
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