Integration Of Traditional And Alternative Medicine Essay

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The Integration of Traditional and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
Shauna Uharriet
FD ENG 101 B5 (online)
Sister Scott
March 16, 2016 The Integration of Traditional and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
Introduction
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary (2012) defines the term medicine as “the art and science of the diagnosis and treatment of disease and the maintenance of health” and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as “a large and diverse set of systems of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention based on philosophies and techniques other than those used in conventional Western medicine,..” It further states that “CAM is characterized by its focus on the whole person as a unique individual, on the energy of the body and its influence on health and disease, on the healing power of nature and the mobilization of the body 's own resources to heal itself, and on the treatment of the underlying causes, rather than symptoms, of disease.” With these definitions and descriptions of medicine and general and CAM in particular it would seem that CAM does, indeed, fit into the category of medicine. Although CAM is not widely accepted as an enhancement to or replacement for traditional medicine, there are many physicians and practitioners who are integrating the use of complementary and alternative medicines into the care of their clients. Anita Tannis MD is just one doctor who is open to using a “blend of alternative therapies and mainstream medicine” (C. Howard, 2010). Tannis…

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