The Consultation in Phytotherapy: The Herbal Practitioner's Approach to the Patient, 1e

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The Consultation in Phytotherapy considers the means by which the herbal practitioner can seek to appreciate the patient's predicament. Written for both herbal medicine students and practitioners, the book takes a radical approach, challenging readers to reflect on the nature, scope and methods of the consultation in herbal practice. The author asserts that the effective consultation represents a therapeutic act in and of itself, and proposes strategies for maximising and realising this therapeutic potential. The book provides both a complement to, and a critique of, mainstream texts on clinical diagnosis and case management. It contrasts the herbal consultation with that occurring in conventional medicine and offers rationales, arguments and tools aimed at developing an enhanced capacity to achieve profound results in the herbal clinical encounter.   

About the Author

Peter Conway is a practising medical herbalist and has been involved in developing and teaching on several BSc and MSc courses in herbal medicine. He is the President of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy and a Director of the European Herbal and Traditional medicine Practitioners Association. Peter helped draft the National Professional Standards for Herbal Medicine and sat on the Department of Health Steering Group on the Statutory Regulation of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. 

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" Peter Conway truly has though of everything. Both new and experienced practioners can gain very useful knowlegde and information from this book."

The Herbalist, December 2010.

Contenuti:

Contents

Dedication v

Foreword vi

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction viii

Chapter 1: Phytotherapy in context

Chapter 2: The therapeutic relationship in phytotherapy

Chapter 3: Aims and structure of the consultation

Chapter 4: On profiling and diagnosis: appreciating the patient's predicament

Chapter 5: History-taking: hearing the patient's story

Chapter 6: Physical examination and clinical investigation: other ways of knowing

Chapter 7: Concluding the consultation and providing ongoing care: coherence and continuity

Appendices:

A1: Self care

A2: Interprofessional communication

A3: A note for students

Index xxx

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