Integrative Sexual Health explores beyond the standard topics in men's and women's health, drawing on a diverse research literature to provide an overview of sexual biology and sexual dysfunction, diverse lifespan, lifestyle and environmental impacts on sexual function, integrative medicine solutions to sexual problems, and traditional eastern and western treatment approaches to healing sexual difficulties. This comprehensive guide written by experts in the field provides clinical vignettes, detailed treatment strategies for mitigating the side effects of both medications and sexual dysfunction associated with medical illness and poor lifestyle habits, and extensive further reading resources. Integrative treatment modalities not typically consulted in mainstream medicine, such as traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, aromatherapy, and botanical medicine, are
presented with the best evidence, in a clinically relevant manner. Part of the Weil Integrative Medicine Library, this volume is a must read for the specialist and non-specialist alike who who wish to address sexual problems using an integrative medicine approach, and acquire tools to maintain lifetime optimal health and vitality that supports healthy sexuality.
Integrative medicine is defined as healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit) as well as all aspects of lifestyle; it emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative. Series editor Andrew Weil, MD, is Professor and Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Dr. Weil's program was the first such academic program in the U.S., and its stated goal is "to combine the best ideas and practices of conventional and alternative medicine into cost effective treatments without embracing alternative practices uncritically."
About the Authors:
Barbara Bartlik, MD, is a psychiatrist in private practice in Manhattan who treats men and women with sexual problems, women with hormonally-related emotional concerns, as well as problems of a more general psychiatric nature. Dr. Bartlik takes a holistic approach to treatment, thereby, minimizing the use of pharmaceuticals and optimizing overall health and well-being. In addition to being board certified in psychiatry, Dr. Bartlik is certified by the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine (ABIHM).
Geovanni Espinosa, ND, LAc, CNS is a naturopathic doctor recognized as an authority in integrative and functional urology. Dr. Geo is Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University Langone Medical Center (NYULMC) Department of Urology where he is the director of the Integrative and Functional Urology Center. He is the author of the popular prostate cancer book Thrive, Don't Only Survive and has co-authored numerous books on natural medicine in urology and men's health. Dr. Geo is the Chief Medical Officer and formulator of XY Wellness, LLC and lectures internationally on the application of science-based nutritional medicine in urology.
Janet Mindes, PhD is Faculty and Director of Research Instruction and Development at the Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York City. A research psychologist/neuroscientist, she received her BA from Harvard University and her PhD from New York University in experimental psychology. Dr. Mindes has over twenty-five years of experience in psychological and neuroscience research and education, with a focus on integrative medicine (IM) since 1998, particularly as relevant to the brain, emotion and neuropsychiatric conditions. From 1998 to 2007, she was a member of the former Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (PandS) in New York City and was active in other research and educational efforts at Columbia PandS until 2015.