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

Key Features

  • Identifies the important nutritional requirements of the aging population, and how nutraceuticals and other CAM options affect those
  • Addresses the many disease entities and cancers are found with higher frequency in the aged, including cancer, trauma, or infectious disease that can alter intakes of nutraceutical containing foods and/or requirements for various nutrients.
  • Explores the nutritional materials botanical extracts and components that can have important health promotion benefits and risks, to ensure safe consumption
  • Reviews the frequently used non-traditional and often unproven CAM therapies, beyond nutritional and nutraceutical supplements, including a variety of physical and psychosocial treatments.


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.

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


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About the author

Ronald Ross Watson

Ronald R. Watson, Ph.D., attended the University of Idaho but graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, with a degree in chemistry in 1966. He earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Michigan State University in 1971. His postdoctoral schooling in nutrition and microbiology was completed at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he gained 2 years of postdoctoral research experience in immunology and nutrition. From 1973 to 1974 Dr. Watson was assistant professor of immunology and performed research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He was assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at the Indiana University Medical School from 1974 to 1978 and associate professor at Purdue University in the Department of Food and Nutrition from 1978 to 1982. In 1982 Dr. Watson joined the faculty at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in the Department of Family and Community Medicine of the School of Medicine. He is currently professor of health promotion sciences in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health. Dr. Watson is a member of several national and international nutrition, immunology, cancer, and alcoholism research societies. Among his patents he has one on a dietary supplement; passion fruit peel extract with more pending. He continues to do research in animals and in clinical trials on dietary supplements and health including studies using omega-3 fatty acids in heart disease prevention and therapy. For 30 years he was funded by Wallace Research Foundation to study dietary supplements in health promotion. Dr. Watson has edited more than 110 books on nutrition, dietary supplements and over-the-counter agents, and drugs of abuse as scientific reference books. He has published more than 500 research and review articles.