Alternative Medicine

Alternative medicine

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Unformatted text preview: Alternative Medicine Todd Searle And Ephram Levin Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Defined by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) as a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine. Complementary vs. Alternative Complementary Complementarymedicine that is used medicine together with together conventional medicine. Examples: Examples: – Aromatherapy and Aromatherapy pain medication to ease post-surgical pain. pain. Alternative-medicine Alternative-medicine that is used in place of conventional of medicine. Examples: Examples: – Adopting a special diet Adopting to treat cancer, rather than undergoing chemotherapy or other conventional treatments. treatments. What kinds of CAMs are there? NCCAM says there are five types of CAMs. • • • • • Alternative Medical Systems Mind­Body Interventions Biologically Based Therapies Manipulative and Body­Based methods Energy Therapies Alternative Medical Systems Alternative Medical Systems are based on complete theories of practice and theory. They are mainly separate from conventional medicine in the Western world. Examples include: – Homeopathic medicine – Naturopathic medicine – Ayurveda Mind-Body Interventions Designed to enhance the mind’s ability to function and treat bodily symptoms Some practices once considered CAM have now become accepted practice, i.e. patient support groups, etc. Examples include: Meditation Prayer Dance, Art, and Music Therapy Mental Healing Biologically Based Therapies Biologically Consists mainly of supplements to diet Included are: Dietary Supplement “Miracle” Weight Loss Drugs Herbal Products Manipulative and Body­Based Methods Based on movement and/or physical manipulation of body parts Included are: Chiropractic manipulation Massage therapy Osteopathic treatments Energy Therapies Energy Biofield Therapies Designed to affe...
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This note was uploaded on 02/16/2012 for the course BIOL_SCI 108 taught by Professor Goldberg during the Winter '06 term at Northwestern.

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