Essay on Complementary and Alternative Medicines

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Complementary and Alternative Medicines
Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) are medicines that are not considered conventional medicine. Conventional Medicine is also known as Western Medicine and is often practice by medical professional like medical doctors, nurses and therapist. The boundaries between CAM and conventional medicine are not fixed, and because CAM has recently become more accepted, the treatment combination of CAM and conventional medicine increased and the boundaries between the two faded even further.
The increased interest in CAM can be due to a new awareness and the need of individuals to take control of their health. CAM allows more flexibility with treatments and rely the control back to patient. New
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Some of these treatments include Magnet therapy, Medical Qigong, Reiki, and Therapeutic Touch.
Scientific Studies Researchers have found that some types of CAM can effectively improve health. One type of integrative medicine is spinal manipulative treatment (SMT). On a control trial conduct by the Western States Chiropractic College and other institutions, it found that individuals diagnosed with cervicogenic headache (CGH) benefit from SMT. SMT helped decreased the frequency and intensity of CGH in patients that were submit to the trial. (Haas, Spegman, Peterson, et al. 2010). One research indicated that green tea might be beneficial for individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Some ingredients of green tea have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce swelling of the joints. Since green tea is an herb, it is consider under the CAM domain of Biologically Based Practices and is recommended as a complementary treatment. (Kim, Rajaiah, Wu, et al., 2008). Researches also investigated the use of Meditation to reduce stress. A specific group researched the efficacy of Transcendental Meditation (TM) to help reduce stress in college age individuals. The research focus was on how the TM affected the individuals’ blood pressure. Moreover, the results shows that even thought the decreased of blood pressure were not significant between the control group and the TM group, the TM group did show significant improvement in

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