Women’s Press
Canada’s leading academic feminist publisher
Canada’s leading academic feminist publisher
2017 complementary alternative and traditional medicine cvr
Approx. 250 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
May 2017
Print ISBN: 9781551309187
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A comprehensive overview of how complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and traditional medicine (TM) affect women’s reproductive health, this volume brings together a diverse collection of perspectives from the field to explore the role of CAM and TM across cultures. Providing a detailed analysis, authors address the cultural values and medicinal uses of CAM and TM for reproductive health among women in different sociocultural environments and geographic settings. Maria Costanza Torri and Jennie Hornosty’s edited collection explores how traditional practices can improve the well-being of women and highlights the differences and complementarities between traditional medicine and biomedicine. Accessible and pedagogically rich, this is a crucial contribution to medical anthropology, sociology of health and medicine, women’s health, public health, and health policy.

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Chapter 1. Introducing Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Traditional Medicine, and Gender, Daniel Hollenberg and Maria Costanza Torri

Chapter 2. Women as Healers in the Global Community: An Overview from Antiquity to the Present, Daniel Hollenberg

Chapter 3. Herbal Fertility Treatments in Colonial North America and Prospects for Modern Medicine, Cheryl Lans and Rachel Westfall

Chapter 4. Being “There” for Pregnant Women: Canadian Midwives in Aboriginal and Settler Communities, Cecilia Benoit, Dena Carroll, and Rachel Westfall


Chapter 5. Childbirth in Brazil: Voices of Brazilian Women, Natália Rejane Salim and Julie Laplante

Chapter 6. Towards the Construction of Intercultural Birth Practices and Reproductive Health in Ecuador: The Case Study of San Luis Hospital, Maria Costanza Torri

Chapter 7. Giving Birth in the City of Cochabamba, Bolivia: Traditional Birth Attendants’ Practices Versus Biomedical Maternal Health Care, Maria Costanza Torri and Julie Laplante

Chapter 8. Women, Jamu, and Breastfeeding Practices in Indonesia, John Paul Nyonator

Chapter 9. Traditional Medicine and Reproductive Health, Conception, and Fertility in Turkey, Tamer Edirne

Chapter 10. Birth from the Peripheries: Local Realities in Dzodze, Ghana, John Paul Nyonator


Chapter 11. How Alternative? A Postcolonial Feminist Analysis of Two Popular Complementary and Alternative Medicine Hot Flash Remedies, Nadine E. Ijaz

Chapter 12. The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by Australian Women for Infertility, Jo-Anne Rayner and Karen Willis

Chapter 13. Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners’ Constructions of “Hard” and “Soft” Evidence in the Treatment of Fertility Issues: Opportunities and Challenges, Ana M. Ning

Chapter 14. The Value of Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Breast Cancer Survivorship, Ausanee Wanchai, Jane M. Armer, and Bob R. Stewart


Jennie M. Hornosty

Dr. Jennie M. Hornosty is a retired Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick.

Maria Costanza Torri

Dr. Maria Costanza Torri is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick.

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