Book Reviews - Holistic Healing
by Jamuna Rangachari
The Penguin Dictionary of Alternative Medicine, T.V. Sairam, Penguin India, Rs 395
For want of a better word, the term alternative medicine encompasses a range of therapies that treat the body, mind and spirit. It focuses on not only the ailment, but also the cause of any condition, and is slowly gaining acceptance everywhere.
This dictionary comes at a time when
the integration of alternative medicine
with conventional medicine is revolutionising
health care across the world. The single-
volume dictionary, with entries ranging
from acupoint therapy and abdominal breathing to Iyengar Yoga, kundalini, spirit-healing,
ho'oponopono and many others, covers
the gamut of techniques and parlance
used in holistic healing in a clear and
Though expansive in coverage, a classification of the content as 'time tested' or 'new' could have been more helpful. A link to relevant websites could have been added for readers who wish to know more.
Overall, however, this is a worthy addition to the library of any individual interested in holistic healing.