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Alternative Health

The Library has an extensive collection of alternative health materials including books, magazines and DVDs.  The collection covers medical systems such as ayurveda, homeopathy and naturopathy as well as therapies such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, meditation, massage, qigong, reiki, shiatsu and yoga. We also offer materials on using alternative treatments for specific diseases and conditions. If you have any health-related questions about what the Library can do for you, please contact us


Books to Get Started With

Alternative medicine: the definitive guide. 2nd ed.
615.5 ALT
Provides an overview of alternative medicine as well as a comprehensive description of therapies and how they can be used with specific health conditions.

Complementary and alternative medicine sourcebook. 4th ed.
R 610 COM
An introductory guide to the field of alternative medicine covering both systems and therapies as well as information on choosing a practitioner.

Mayo Clinic book of alternative medicine. 2nd ed.
615.5 MAY
Provides an overview of alternative medicine as well as advice on when it is appropriate to use natural remedies.
Prescription for natural cures: a self-care guide for treating health problems with natural remedies, including diet, nutrition, supplements and other holistic methods. Revised ed.
615.535 BAL
For specific health conditions it provides a list of natural remedies which may be used including supplements, vitamins, herbs, nutritional advice and specific therapies such as acupuncture and aromatherapy.

Useful Links

Be An Informed Consumer (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

Find a Naturopathic Doctor (Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors)