Alternative Forms Of Treatment For Health Care Essay

2117 Words Aug 18th, 2016 null Page
In recent years, there has been a growing popularity in seeking alternative forms of treatment for health care. According to an article by Dr. Lesley Rees and Dr. Andrew Weil, from 1990-1997, the amount spent on alternative health care rose from $13 billion to $38 billion, and more people visited alternative physicians than did conventional physicians (Rees & Weil, 2001). This number is only expected to increase. Most consumers looking to alternative options for treatment do so in order to achieve results as naturally as possible. For some, they turn to alternative modes of treatment because conventional methods did not work to treat their health concern. Often times, consumers opt to seek these holistic treatments in conjunction with treatments received from their conventional physicians. This is known as complementary medicine, and studies have shown that, along with its growing popularity, complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM, is beginning to show evidence of effectiveness when used along with conventional medicine to treat patients in many areas of health care, although there is currently debate on whether or not this should be done. Complementary and alternative medicine should be integrated into all conventional health care facilities in order to offer patients options in treating their new and existing conditions, assist in recovery from procedures and illness, and educate and provide means to prevent illness and disease through diet, exercise and holistic…

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