Like a natural woman : the black woman's guide to alternative healing / Ziba Kashef.

by Kashef, ZibaLooking glass.

Publisher: New York : Dafina, 2001.Description: xvi,269 pages : illustrations ; 24cm.ISBN: 1575666308.Subject(s): African American women -- Health and hygeine | Alternative medicineLooking glass
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Good health doesn't come in a prescription bottle. In fact, all you need to start feeling better is an open mind, a new attitude, and this remarkable, one-of-a-kind book.

In LIKE A NATURAL WOMAN, Ziba Kashef, a senior editor and former health writer at ESSENCE "RM" magazine, brings you a comprehensive guide to alternative techniques and therapies that can put you on the road to wellness. Drawing on her interviews with a variety of alternative health practitioners, as well as the time-tested folk remedies of our African ancestors and exciting new methods that address the unique health issues of black women, she gives you the tools you need to cope with everything from PMS, weight problems, and diabetes to hypertension Lupus, and cancer.

Learn how to:
-- Ease the discomfort of morning sickness and digestive problems...with vitamins, supplements, and teas
-- Shrink fibroids by changing your diet...and avoid surgery
-- Satisfy your taste buds...without all the fat and salt
-- Control the symptoms of menopause...the right diet, exercise, and soy supplements work wonders
-- Boost your immune system to fight disease...alternative approaches like hydrotherapy and acupuncture enhance conventional treatments
-- Harness the healing power of touch...massage and acupressure are great for your body -- and your spirit
-- Handle your depression...with the help of therapy, yoga, and meditation
-- And much more!

You on a profound healing journey. You'll not only feel -- and look -- like a new woman, but you'll create a sense of personal balance and well-being that will last a lifetime!


Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword (p. xi)
  • Acknowledgments (p. xv)
  • Chapter 1. Livin' Healthy (p. 1)
  • Healthy Living: Caring for Ourselves (p. 3)
  • Living in Balance (p. 4)
  • Assessing Ourselves (p. 4)
  • Stress: Killing Us Softly? (p. 9)
  • Exercise as Natural Medicine (p. 12)
  • How Much Is Enough? (p. 16)
  • Making Good Health a Habit (p. 18)
  • Claim Your Healthy Intentions (p. 20)
  • Family Healthy History (p. 21)
  • Resources (p. 21)
  • Chapter 2. Eating Right and Light (p. 23)
  • Let Food Be Your Medicine (p. 24)
  • Eating What Our Ancestors Ate (p. 25)
  • Choosing the Diet for You (p. 27)
  • Vegetarianism (p. 33)
  • Commonly Asked Questions (p. 37)
  • Additional Alternative Diets (p. 40)
  • Diet Dilemmas (p. 45)
  • Resources (p. 48)
  • Chapter 3. Some Added Insurance: Supplements (p. 49)
  • Supplementing Our Health (p. 50)
  • How Much Is Enough? Or Too Much? (p. 53)
  • Supplement Strategies (p. 55)
  • Self-Awareness Tool (p. 55)
  • Nutrient/Drug Interactions (p. 56)
  • Vitamins and Minerals (p. 57)
  • Additional Selected Supplements (p. 63)
  • Antioxidants: Nutrition All-Stars (p. 68)
  • Resources (p. 69)
  • Chapter 4. Back to Our Roots: Healing with Herbs (p. 71)
  • Herbs for Healing (p. 72)
  • Natural Healing Is Our Heritage (p. 72)
  • Herbal Basics (p. 74)
  • Using Herbs (p. 74)
  • Methods of Application (p. 77)
  • Twenty Great Herbs to Have in Your Home (p. 79)
  • Homeopathy (p. 87)
  • Resources (p. 87)
  • Chapter 5. Mind-Body Methods (p. 89)
  • Natural Healing Is Our Heritage (p. 91)
  • This Far by Faith/Balm in Gilead (p. 93)
  • Relaxation Techniques (p. 94)
  • Mind over Matter (p. 97)
  • Mental Health Help (p. 100)
  • Self-Help (p. 104)
  • Self-Awareness Tool (p. 105)
  • Resources (p. 107)
  • Chapter 6. Laying on of Hands (p. 109)
  • Hands-On Healing (p. 110)
  • Natural Healing Is Our History (p. 111)
  • Healing with Touch (p. 111)
  • Healing with Energy (p. 118)
  • Healing with Chakras (p. 122)
  • Wading in the Waters: Hydrotherapy (p. 125)
  • Movement Therapies (p. 126)
  • Resources (p. 127)
  • Chapter 7. Your Periods And PMS (p. 129)
  • Our Cycles, Ourselves (p. 130)
  • Natural Healing Is Our History (p. 131)
  • Self-Awareness Tool (p. 132)
  • Menstruation (p. 133)
  • Common Cycle-Related Concerns (p. 134)
  • The Womb and Pelvis (p. 139)
  • Common Womb Concerns (p. 141)
  • Infections of the Vagina and Urinary Tract (p. 145)
  • Breast Changes (p. 147)
  • Resources (p. 148)
  • Chapter 8. Freedom from Fibroids (p. 151)
  • The Fibroid Epidemic (p. 152)
  • Unnatural Causes (p. 154)
  • Self-Awareness Tool (p. 156)
  • Fibroid Signs and Symptoms (p. 157)
  • Natural Cures (p. 159)
  • Resources (p. 161)
  • Chapter 9. In the Family Way: Pregnancy and Childbirth (p. 163)
  • Making Babies (p. 166)
  • Three Months to Six Months before You Get Pregnant (p. 168)
  • Pregnancy Barriers (p. 170)
  • Self-Awareness Tool (p. 173)
  • Being Pregnant (p. 174)
  • Giving Birth (p. 177)
  • Resources (p. 180)
  • Chapter 10. Time for the Change: Menopause (p. 183)
  • Natural Healing Is Our History (p. 185)
  • What's Going On? Understanding the Change (p. 187)
  • Self-Awareness Tool (p. 189)
  • Natural Solutions to Ten Common Menopause Signs (p. 191)
  • Resources (p. 197)
  • Chapter 11. Living with Lupus (p. 199)
  • What Causes Lupus? (p. 202)
  • Many Faces of Lupus (p. 202)
  • Living with Lupus (p. 205)
  • Emotional Impact of Disease (p. 208)
  • Resources (p. 209)
  • Chapter 12. Confronting Cancer (p. 211)
  • Cancer's Causes (p. 214)
  • Preventing Cancer (p. 216)
  • Early Detection Methods (p. 217)
  • Complementary Care (p. 223)
  • Resources (p. 225)
  • Chapter 13. Coping with Chronic Conditions: Hypertension, Diabetes, Heart Disease (p. 227)
  • Natural Healing and Our History (p. 229)
  • Hypertension or High Blood Pressure (p. 230)
  • Diabetes Type II (p. 233)
  • Heart Disease (p. 237)
  • Resources (p. 238)
  • Chapter 14. Emotional Healing: Stress, Depression, Phobias (p. 241)
  • Natural Healing Is Our History (p. 243)
  • Black Woman's Blues: Stress and the Sources of Our Emotional Disease (p. 244)
  • Mental Illness (p. 244)
  • Prevention and Complementary Care (p. 251)
  • Resources (p. 252)
  • Index (p. 253)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

African Americans are at higher risk of hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease than other ethnic groups. Black women, who traditionally serve as caregivers, have the added stress of working both inside and outside of the home and coping with racism and sexism. It is no wonder that they may neglect their own health. These two books address the special health needs of African American women from different perspectives. Haitian physician Alcena has written a traditional health book with a political agenda and a dry, academic, and somewhat condescending voice. An introduction discussing the politics of illness and healthcare in poor minority communities leads into chapters written in question-and-answer format that address individual diseases and conditions. Hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, obesity, diabetes, and gynecological problems are among the topics covered. Although Alcena discusses the differences in disease processes and treatments for black patients, she adds a political component when she states that the stress of being black is a cause of all illness. She is also very repetitive, offers some erroneous information (e.g., that the Pap smear is useful for detecting ovarian cancer), and fails to note important facts (e.g., that H. Pylori is a major cause of gastrointestinal ulcers). Body and Soul: The Black Women's Guide to Physical Health and Well-Being (HarperCollins, 1994) and a general source such as the Harvard Guide to Women's Health (LJ 4/15/96), which includes information about African American women, are better choices than this marginal purchase. Like a Natural Woman, written by an editor at Essence magazine, stresses the importance of achieving balance within the self by meeting emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical needs. Kashef discusses a healthy lifestyle, nutrition, the use of dietary supplements and herbs, mind-body therapies, and diseases and conditions. Each chapter begins with a personal story about a woman with a specific condition and how she used natural medicine to help cope with it. There is a resource list at the end of each chapter. Unlike Alcena, Kashef addresses her readers as colleagues, encouraging them to consult healthcare practitioners and use both traditional and natural therapies to promote health. She empowers women, stressing the African American heritage of natural healing. Her book is recommended for public libraries and women's and consumer health collections. Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Ziba Kashef is a senior editor at ESSENCE and a health writer. In addition to writing and editing articles for that publication, she has also written on a variety of health-related topics for such publications as Good Housekeeping and the New York Post. She is also a contributing writer for Black Parenting Book. Formerly a senior editor at Sesame Street Parents magazine and an associate editor at McCall's, Ziba is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University