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 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."
Barbara Bartlik, MD is a board certified psychiatrist in private practice in Manhattan who also is a boarded specialist in integrative medicine, certified by the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM). She treats men, women and couples with sexual problems, women with hormonally-related concerns, and all patients with problems of a more general psychiatric or medical nature. Dr. Bartlik takes a holistic approach to treatment, emphasizing lifestyle and nutritional strategies, seeking to responsibly minimize the use of pharmaceuticals while optimizing overall health and well-being. Dr. Bartlik is on the voluntary faculty of New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Lenox Hill Hospital/Northwell Health, New York, NY and on staff at the Yonkers Service Center of Rockland Psychiatric Center in Orangeburg, NY. Geovanni Espinosa, ND, LAc, IFMCP, 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 (P&S) in New York City and was active in other research and educational efforts at Columbia P&S until 2015.