Medicine In Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) was developed many thousand of years ago. It is

the oldest health care system in the world. TCM practitioners use a combination of herb

medicine and various practice to treat and prevent a wide range of health conditions.

TCM is a "complex system" that based their belief on "the universe and the natural world

(National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, 2013). Approximately 80%

of people use herbal component as their primary healthcare, according to World Health

Organization (WHO). However, there is still concern about the "safety and efficacy" of

herbal use. The purpose of this paper is to provide a better understanding of the quality of

service that is delivered through
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The TCM approach is

different than that of Western medicine. In TCM, the understanding is based on "the

universe and the natural world", and treatment is based on the "diagnosis and

differentiation of syndromes" (NCCIH, 2013). Therefore, those individuals who have

the same disease, may have different treatment, while those with "different diseases can

result in the same syndrome with similar treatment" (NCCIH, 2013).

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

defines CAM as "a group of diverse medical and health care interventions, practices,

products, or disciplines that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine"

(NCCIH, 2015). The boundaries between CAM and conventional medicine are constantly

changing, and certain CAM may become accepted within conventional medical practice

(NCCAM, 2010). Some CAM practices may fit into one or more category. The natural

product of CAM include a "variety of herbal medicines, vitamins, minerals, and other

natural products" (NCCAM, 2010). Many CAM products are available over the counter.

Other natural products include probiotics, which are live microorganism that are
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The treatment for Alzheimer 's patients have changed over the years. The goal once

was to provide palliative care to the patient. Now, we maintain the best quality of care

during each stage of this devastating disease. There are several reason for this. First, the

new medication that are being offer. Although there is no cure, these new medication

help slow the progress of this disease. This allow more elderly to remain independent at

home rather than being place in a long term care facility. This make a whole of different

to the patients as well as their families (Howe, 2006).

According to studies, patients who experience early sign of memory loss, are at risk of

developing this disease later in life. However, the advancement in technology, allow

health care provider to make early diagnosis by using equipment such as neuroimaging.

This allow the patient to have early access to available medications. Some studies

suggest, that most people want to be tested early to receive the proper treatment. These

patients may also benefit from depression treatment (Howe,

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