The Integration Of Traditional And Alternative Medicine (CAM)

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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
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Howard, 2010). Tannis believes people are “hungry” for the approach of integrating conventional and alternative medicine. She has seen success with many of her patients, including children. Tannis began talking to patients about remedies they were using that worked for them and then did her own research to gain more knowledge and understanding. Says Tannis “There is a lot of information out there but not a lot of wisdom, my patients come with a lot of facts, but they don’t know how to put it all together…I try to help them interpret and understand it all” (Howard, 2010). Using this approach, Tannis has been able to help patients and parents to manage their own treatment and see positive results in areas from ear infections to …show more content…
Several clinics and committees haven been instituted in order to gain information about CAM and integration that can then be passed on to the key players mentioned earlier. “The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine occupies an increasingly prominent position with the National Institutes of Health. A White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine was established during the Clinton administration…Beth Israel’s Center for Health and Healing has recently opened, announcing plans to serve 50,000 patient visits per year with it staff of 9 physicians and practitioners of homeopathy, acupuncture, Native American medicine, and Chinese herbs. (Barrett, 2003). Other institutions that provide some integrate services are UCLA and Stanford

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