A Paradigm Shift to Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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A Paradigm Shift to Complementary and Alternative Medicine Over the last century, religion, spirituality, and science have all played a major role in health care, although they have never been integrated with traditional medical science in the United States. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is a set of medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not part or integrated as part of Western medicine which is the dominant health care system in the United States. Religion and spirituality have both played dominant roles in healing since the beginning of history. Today it is believed that prayer and faith can bring healing and is referred to as holistic healing, or focus on the mind, body, and spirit rather…show more content…
Instead of focusing on treating an illness, an approach toward total body health and prevention of disease is a much more eclectic system of health care. CAM can offer the alternative methods to healing which in combination with traditional methods can offer better healing and healing capacities. The shifting paradigm of traditional medicine and CAM will continue to prevail over the next few years due to the increasingly culturally diverse United States and the growing interest of alternative medicine practices and religious and spiritual approaches to healing. An integration of traditional methods and alternative medicine can provide better treatment for patients due to the direct relationship between stress and neuroendocrine responses in the human body. The psycho-physiological aspect of stress as it relates to disease has become more and more popular for study in recent times. This understanding has shifted the focus of healing to a more integrated one of understanding emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral factors and how they directly affect health. As this understanding continues to shift, CAM and holistic medicine will become more and more popular and a definite shift will occur in our culture where CAM and Western Medicine are combined for a better health care
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