Medicine & Health Sciences

Holistic Healthcare, Volume 2
Possibilities and Challenges

Editors: Anne George, MD
Snigdha S. Babu
Ajithkumar M. P., PhD
Sabu Thomas, PhD

Holistic Healthcare, Volume 2

In production
Pub Date: Oct 2018
Hardback Price: $159.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771887151
Pages: Approx 305p w/Index
Binding Type: hardback
Notes: 10 color and 18 b/w illustrations

This new volume book, Holistic Healthcare: Possibilities and Challenges, Volume 2, is a compilation of contributions from scientists, healthcare experts, and doctors working actively to bring about wholesome healing to individuals, looking at cutting-edge holistic therapies. Holistic medicine aims to bring about optimal health by perceiving an individual as a composite of the physical, mental, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects. This branch of medicine involves detailed examination, diagnosis, and treatment of all these elements. Holistic medicine’s combinationatorial strategy also helps in alleviating the high levels of side effects and allergies brought about by the conventional medication regimes.

The volume includes chapters that deal with improving the general health of people from various walks of life, to treating some very challenging diseases. Various schools of treatments, exercise regimes, and meditations are discussed. Specific topics include the use of alternative therapy for human health and healing, including yoga, meditation, acupuncture, prayer, herbs, Ayurvedic treatment, and homoeopathy.

The volume showcases some recent trends in treating various diseases that plague mankind, including superbugs, drug side-effects, drug abuse, and myriad lifestyle-related diseases and syndromes that are wrecking our lifestyle. The book brings together chapters from many practitioners who pay attention to overall well-being of individuals.

The chapters will shed light and hopefully help in spreading awareness of this wonderful and wholesome branch of medicine. The volume will be highly useful for medical practitioners and health and healing specialists who wants to gain insight into new trends occurring in holistic medicine.


  • Presents some of the latest trends and developments in the many areas that comprise the ever-developing holistic medicine
  • Brings together various fields of medicine to present new perspectives
  • Highlights the efficiency and safety of holistic treatment methods when compared to conventional medicine


1. Benefits of Meditation and Yoga in Clinically Depressed Patients
Madhuri Tolahunase, R. Sagar, and R. Dada

2. Retinoblastoma: A Disease for Concern, the Role of Yoga and Meditation in Reducing the Disease Burden
Shilpa Bhisht, Shiv Basant Kumar, and Dada Rima

3. Management and Prevention of Hypertension in Elderly: A Yogic Approach
Satish G. Patil and Shankargouda S. Patil

4. Implementation of the Theory of Equality between the Universe and the Individual in Ayurvedic Treatment
Sood Vibha, K. L. Meena, and Pareek Govind

5. Nanotechnology in Ancient Indian Holistic Healthcare
S. Snigdha, Nandakumar Kalarikkal, Sabu Thomas, and E. K. Radhakrishnan

6. Engineering Aspects of Ayurveda: The Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Human Physiology
G. Kumaravel

7. Holistic Medicine: Possibilities and Challenges in Human Reproduction (Garbhsanskar)
Tejal G. Joshi and Vrajeshkumar G. Khambholja

8. Work-Related Stress among Educators: Prayer as a Coping Strategy
Robin Labarbera

9. An Approach to Predict Physically Healthy and Unhealthy Persons Using Support-Sector Machine-Classifiers Based on Handwritten Text
Seema Kedar and D. S. Bormane

10. Ayurveda, Yoga, and Mental Health
Ann Holaday

11. Intergrating Homeopathy in Mainstream Medicine
Maneesha Solanki

12. Chlorpyrifos-Induced Hepatotoxicity and Hematologic Changes in Rat: The Preventive Role of Comniphora mukul
Kanika Aggarwal and Devinder Singh

13. Role of Herbs in Pharmacotherapy of Depression
Ginpreet Kaur, Mihir Invally, Hiral Mistry, Parnika Dicholkar, and Sukhwinder Bhullar

14. Decolonizing Knowledge: Biomedical Beliefs and Indigenous Medical Practice
Ronnie Moore

15. Spinal Physiology Recovery or a Russian Alternative to Chinese Acupuncture
Klimenko Mikhail Mikhailovich

16. Medical Emergency Response Services in the State of Kerala: Evaluation Report
Binoy S Babu, K. Ranjithkumar, Jitendar Sharma, and S. Regi Ram


About the Authors / Editors:
Editors: Anne George, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, Government Medical College, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Anne George, MD, MBBS, DGO, Dip Acupuncture, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy at the Government Medical College, Kottayam, Kerala, India. She has organized several international conferences, is a fellow of the American Medical Society, and is a member of many international organizations. Dr. George has worked in several different international labs, which include the laboratories at Laval University, Quebec, Canada; Faculty of Medicine, University of Vienna, Austria; and the Department of Immunology, Katholieke University of Leuven, Belgium. Dr. George has edited many books and published research articles and reviews in international journals and has presented many papers at international conferences. Her major research interests are human anatomy, polymeric scaffolds for tissue engineering, diabetes, nature cures, and diet and human health. She received her MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and her Bachelor of Surgery from Trivandrum Medical College, University of Kerala, India. She acquired a DGO (Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynecology) from the University of Vienna, Austria; a Diploma of Acupuncture from the University of Vienna; and her MD from Kottayam Medical College, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India.

Snigdha S. Babu
Doctoral Research Fellow, International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Snigdha S. Babu is pursuing her PhD at the International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, India. She has research experience in the field of biotechnology, polymer science, and nanotechnology. Her specialization is in microbiological applications of nanomaterials.

Ajithkumar M. P., PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India

Ajithkumar M. P., PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow of the International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India. He pursued his PhD in Chemistry from Manipal University, India. He has more than eight years of research experience in the area of chemistry and is an expert in polymer synthesis and materials chemistry. His current research is focused on developing carbon dots and graphene materials for imaging, sensing, and energy applications.

Sabu Thomas, PhD
Pro-Vice Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi University; Professor of Polymer Science and Technology and Founding Director of the International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India

Professor Sabu Thomas is the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University and Founding Director of the International and Inter University Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. He is also a full professor of polymer science and engineering at the School of Chemical Sciences of the same university. He is a fellow of many professional bodies. Professor Thomas has (co-)authored many papers in international peer-reviewed journals in the area of polymer science and nanotechnology. He has organized several international conferences. Professor Thomas’s research group has specialized in many areas of polymers, which includes polymer blends, fiber-filled polymer composites, particulate-filled polymer composites and their morphological characterization, ageing and degradation, pervaporation phenomena, sorption and diffusion, interpenetrating polymer systems, recyclability and reuse of waste plastics and rubbers, elastomeric crosslinking, dual porous nanocomposite scaffolds for tissue engineering, etc. Professor Thomas’s research group has extensive exchange programs with different industries and research and academic institutions all over the world and is performing world-class collaborative research in various fields. Professor Thomas’s Center is equipped with various sophisticated instruments and has established state-of-the-art experimental facilities, which cater to the needs of researchers within the country and abroad.

Professor Thomas has published over 750 peer-reviewed research papers, reviews, and book chapters and has a citation count of 31,574. The H index of Prof. Thomas is 81, and he has six patents to his credit. He has delivered over 300 plenary, inaugural, and invited lectures at national/international meetings over 30 countries. He is a reviewer for many international journals. He has received MRSI, CRSI, nanotech medals for his outstanding work in nanotechnology. Recently Prof. Thomas has been conferred an Honoris Causa (DSc) by the University of South Brittany, France, and University Lorraine, Nancy, France.

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