Complementary and Alternative Therapies and the Aging Population

1st Edition

An Evidence-Based Approach

Editors: Ronald Ross Watson
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123742285
eBook ISBN: 9780080921242
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 22nd September 2008
Page Count: 624
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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 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 Editor

Ronald Ross Watson

Ronald Ross Watson PhD is a professor of Health Promotion Sciences in the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. He was one of the founding members of this school serving the mountain west of the USA. He is a professor of Family and Community Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of Arizona. He 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 USA 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 at a Lt. Colonel. He published 450 papers, and presently directs or has directed several NIH funded biomedical grants relating to alcohol and disease particularly immune function and cardiovascular effects including studying complementary and alternative medicines. Professor Ronald Ross Watson was Director of a National Institutes of Health funded Alcohol Research Center for 5 years. The main goal of the Center was to understand the role of ethanol-induced immunosuppression on immune function and disease resistance in animals. He is an internationally recognized alcohol-researcher, nutritionist and immunologist. He also initiated and directed other NIH-associated work at The University of Arizona, College of Medicine. Dr. Watson has funding from companies and non-profit foundations to study bioactive foods’ components in health promotion. Professor Watson attended the University of Idaho, but graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, with a degree in Chemistry in 1966. He completed his Ph.D. degree in 1971 in Biochemistry from Michigan State University. His postdoctoral schooling was completed at the Harvard School of Public Health in Nutrition and Micro

Affiliations and Expertise

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