Complementary and Alternative Therapies and the Aging Population

An Evidence-Based Approach

Edited by

  • Ronald Watson, Professor of Health Promotion Sciences, Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health and School of Medicine, Tucson, AZ, USA

The major objective of this book is to review in detail health problems occurring with significant frequency in aging adults which are proposed to be treated or ameliorated using nutriceuticals as foods and dietary supplements as well as other complementary and alternative therapies. Chapters primarily focusing on nutrients have been excluded to maintain a focus on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

The book is divided into three general sections:

1. Nutriceuticals and Botanicals in Health Promotion - including Specific Nutriceuticals Used in Treating Aged; and General Nutraceutical Approaches to Therapy with emphasis on cancer.
2. Non-nutritional CAM Therapies - including Mind-mediated Therapies; and Physically Applied CAM Therapies
3. Non-dietary Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Use and Benefits to the Elderly in Health

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Practicing physicians (geriatricians, oncologists), nurses, dieticians, nutritionists, and other healthcare practitioners working with older adults; researchers, post-doctoral fellows, medical students, and graduate students researching the nutrition and health of older adults.


Book information

  • Published: September 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-374228-5

Table of Contents




Chapter 1

Botanical and Marine Oils for Treatment of Arthritis

Robert B. Zurier and Ronald G. Rossetti

Chapter 2

Prolotherapy for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain

David Rabago

Chapter 3

Soy and Cognition in the Aging Population

Lauren Drogos, Stacie Geller, and Pauline M. Maki

Chapter 4

Valerian and Other CAM Botanicals in Treatment of Sleep Disturbances

Diana M. Taibi and Carol A. Landis

Chapter 5

Botanicals and Nutrition in the Treatment of Epilepsy

Siegward-M. Elsas

Chapter 6

Ginkgo Bilboa Extract in Prevention of Age-Associated Diseases in Elderly Population

Yuan Luo and Zhiming Cao

Chapter 7

Policosanol to Manage Dyslipidemia in Older Adults

Barbara Swanson and Joyce Keithley

Chapter 8

Health Promoting Benefits of Chamomile in the Elderly Population

Janmejai K. Srivastava and Sanjay Gupta

Chapter 9

Bamboo Extract in the Prevention of Diabetes and Breast Cancer

Jun Panee



Chapter 10

Cranberry and other Dietary Supplements for the Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections in Aging Women

Lynn Stothers

Chapter 11

Black Cohosh: Chemopreventive and Anticancer Potential

Linda Saxe Einbond

Chapter 12

Integrating comprehensive and alternative medicine into stroke: Herbal Treatment of Ischemia

Baowan Lin

Chapter 13

Socioeconomic Aspects of the use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

K. Tom Xu

Chapter 14

Noni (Morinda citrifolia) Fruit as a Functional Food and Dietary Supplement for an Aging Population

Amy C. Brown and Noelani Apau-Ludlum

Chapter 15

Botanical Treatment for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Sidika E. Kasim-Karakas and Susmita Mishra

Chapter 16

Eggs and Health: Nutrient Sources and Supplement Carriers

Gita Cherian

Chapter 17

Berries and Cancer

Paul E. Milbury

Chapter 18

Flavanoids and cardiovascular health

Pon Velayutham Anandh Babu and Dongmin Liu

Chapter 19

Ibogaine and the Treatment of Opiate Addiction

Emily J. Richer

Chapter 20

The Potential of Caffeine for the Inhibition of Cognitive Decline in the Aged

Gabriel Keith Harris and Caroline R. Summers

Chapter 21

5 or More Servings of Fruit and Vegetables Each Day for Better Health!

Lyn Steffan

Chapter 22

Medicinal Uses of Vinegar

Carol S. Johnston

Chapter 23

Health-promoting effects of grape bioactive phytochemicals

Marcello Iriti and Franco Faoro

Chapter 24

Isoflavones Made Simple – Agonist Activity for the Beta-Type Estrogen Receptor May Mediate Their Health Benefits

Mark F. McCarty

Chapter 25

Signal Therapy: Propolis and Pepper Extracts as Cancer Therapeutics

Hiroshi Maruta and Toshiro Ohta

Chapter 26

Health Benefits of Traditional Culinary and Medicinal Mediterannean Plants

Stephanie C. Degner, Andreas J. Papoutsis, and Donato F. Romagnolo

Chapter 27

Quercetin: A Potential Complementary and Alternative Cancer Therapy

Thilakavathy Thangasamy, Sivanandane Sittadjody, and Randy Burd