Radical Healing: Integrating the World's Great Therapeutic Traditions to Create a New Transformative Medicine--the title sounds like an impossible undertaking. Yet Ballentine, an American physician and psychiatrist trained in many of the world's healing traditions, succeeds. He introduces the principles of holistic healing and presents an integrated system combining the awareness, tools, and practices taught by a variety of healing disciplines, including Ayurveda, homeopathy, and herbal medicine. Ballentine explains the principles of "nature's medicinals," based on the herbal traditions of China, India (Ayurvedic), Europe, and Native America. He presents several self-assessment techniques, including body maps and mind/body types. He describes the use of exercise, nutrition and cleansing (detoxification), and holistic techniques for working with energy and consciousness. Extensive resources for integrating holistic healing approaches into your daily life let you continue after the book ends. Radical Healing is not a quick fix--it's intelligent, philosophical, and detailed, best for those who are interested in learning about different schools of holistic healing approaches, open to new insights and skills, and willing to devote time to learning to use them. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This detailed volume introduces a vast array of techniques?drawn from the ancient traditions of India and China, among others?intended to help readers achieve better health and richer lives. Ballentine, an M.D. also trained in Indian medicine, makes a convincing case against reductive and mechanical Western notions of diagnosis, disease and cure. Instead, his program focuses on openness to new ideas, self-exploration and awareness. Recommendations include not just regular exercise and sound nutrition but also detoxification, meditation, massage, breath and energy work, as well as the use of homeopathic, herbal and flower remedies. Significantly, Ballentine concedes that few holistic techniques are currently effective against many life-threatening problems. His approach focuses on prevention and less-severe diseases, and the appendix covering alternative visions and treatments of 100 common illnesses omits AIDS, coronary disease and cancer entirely (a detailed bibliography does direct the reader to other sources, however). Ballentine provides an informative and practical guide, hampered only by his remarkably encyclopedic knowledge, which can interfere with the book's readability. This is a guidebook for the highly motivated; it is notable for its unifying, often compelling vision of an integrative and self-directed approach to well-being.
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This book is written in a lively fashion. The author is intelligent, thourough and the text is approachable and flowing. Read morePublished on Dec 7 2002 by G. Stark
It's fair in that it accomplishes what the title indicates - it does indeed integrate "the World's Great Therapeutic Traditions" - but it fails to adequately incorporate... Read morePublished on April 29 2002 by Andrew Chen
The author uses his large range of experiences over 25 years and his very lucid writing style to detail the workings of herbal medicines, homoeopathic remedies & flower... Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2001 by Ian Craig
Ballentine brings synthesis to integrating the historic healing systems of the world. I am an alternative practitioner specializing in bodywork and the mind-soul connection. Read morePublished on April 22 2001 by Melinda Harwood
This book is very thorough in all alternative therapies and it becomes obvious that the author is a rare and true healer. Read morePublished on July 17 2000 by Bonnie
I read Dr. Ballentine's book a year ago, and have been using it since, getting from it guidance, perspective, information and insight. Read morePublished on May 11 2000 by Richard Kenyon
I was captivated by the wealth of useful information found in this book, ranging from homeopathic medicines and working with doshas to spiritual health and prevention. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 1999
Quite literally, left me standing in awe. Dr. Ballentine's long, but thoroughly readable text on the integration of "old" healing methods expertly woven into a new... Read morePublished on Nov. 4 1999