Complementary and Alternative Therapies and the Aging Population

Complementary and Alternative Therapies and the Aging Population

An Evidence-Based Approach

1st Edition - September 22, 2008

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  • Editor: Ronald Watson
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080921242
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123742285

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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 Therapies3. 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

  • Biography



    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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 624
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2008
  • Published: September 22, 2008
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080921242
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123742285

About the Editor

Ronald Watson

Ronald Watson
Ronald Ross Watson, PhD, is Professor of Health Promotion Sciences at the University of Arizona, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Dr. Watson began his research in public health at the Harvard School of Public Health as a Fellow in 1971 doing field work on vaccines in Saudi Arabia. He has done clinical studies in Colombia, Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United States which provides a broad international view of public health. He has served in the military reserve hospital for 17 years with extensive training in medical responses to disasters as the chief biochemistry officer of a general hospital, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. He is a distinguished member of several national and international nutrition, immunology, and cancer societies. Dr. Watson’s career has involved studying many lifestyle aspects for their uses in health promotion. He has edited over 100 biomedical reference books and 450 papers and chapters. His teaching and research focuses on alcohol, tobacco, and drugs of abuse in heart function and disease in mouse models.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and School of Medicine, Arizona Health Sciences Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA

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