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Chapter 20 Exploring Alternative Medicines
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Exploring Alternative Medicines Learning Objectives 1. Describe the main differences between modern medical care and alternative medicines. 2. Define the four categories of alternative medicines. 3. Discuss the philosophy and method of treatment in acupuncture, chiropractic, herbal medicine, and homeopathy.
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Exploring Alternative Medicines Learning Objectives (continued) 4. Discuss the reasons why some people choose an alternative medicine in addition to or instead of modern medicine. 5. List reasons why herbal remedies may be dangerous. 6. Explain how biomagnetic therapy might help certain health problems. 7. Explain how you can protect yourself from being victimized by health fraud.
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Exploring Alternative Medicine Defining Alternative Medicine Alternative Medicines Choosing an Alternative Medicine
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Exploring Alternative Medicine Some use alternative medicine because Western medicine has failed to relieve their suffering or cannot cure their diseases. 1/3–1/2 of patients use some form of alternative medicine in addition to conventional treatments. Complementary medicine : when alternative medicine is used in conjunction with Western medicine.
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Exploring Alternative Medicine Integrative medicine : some physicians use alternative medicine with Western medicine in their practices. In 1992, the Office of Alternative Medicine was formed to fund research to test the validity and effectiveness of different alternative medicines. In 1998, it turned into the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NOCAM).
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Defining Alternative Medicine Alternative medicine can be divided into four broad categories: Spiritual, psychic, or mental approaches Nutritional therapies, including changes in diet, fasting, and use of supplements Therapies using herbs or other substances derived from natural sources Physical therapies such as chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, and yoga
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Defining Alternative Medicine
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Alternative Medicine Ayurveda Homeopathy Chiropractic Osteopathy Acupuncture Herbal medicine
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Alternative Medicine (continued) Naturopathy Therapeutic massage Aromatherapy Biomagnetic therapy Quackery
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Alternative Medicine Ayurveda “Health is knowledge of life.” One of the world’s oldest medical systems; has been practiced in India for more than 4,000 years. Embraces a holistic approach to health.
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