CAM Therapeutic Modalities Essay

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CAM Therapeutic Modalities
Margie R. Collins
SOC/201 Survey of Alternative Medicine
November17, 2014
Kay Ach
CAM Therapeutic Modalities
In the pursuit of health and well-being, many Americans along with the world, have used Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) over the past decade. In July 30, 2009, National Health Statistic Reports demonstrated on a test conducted in 2007 “that about 38.3% of adults (83 million persons) and 11.8% of children (8.5 million children under the age of 18 years) have used Complementary and alternative medicine” (NHSR, 2009). In this paper, I will define the terms alternative medicine, complementary medicine, and integrative medicine and clarify how these terms differ. I will also describe how
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NCCAM's mission is to explore CAM practices using rigorous scientific methods and build an evidence base for the safety and effectiveness of these practices. (NIH, 2008)
Define the terms alternative, complementary, and integrative in relation to medicine and clarify how these terms are different.
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a term used to describe medical products and practices that are not part of conventional medicine used and practiced by western or allopathic medicine. Our conventional medicine is practiced by medical doctors, doctor of osteopathic medicine and allied health professionals, such as psychologists, and registered nurses. Complementary medicine means no more than “in addition to” your standard care. To elaborate by standard I mean standard to the type of illness for example hypnosis is a standard part of psychiatry, but not one of a cancer treatment. A good example of complementary medicine include, herbal remedies, and naturopathic medicine. Alternative medicine is medicine that claims to heal and is based on historical or cultural traditions, rather than on scientific evidence. Integrative medicine is a combination of practices and methods of alternative medicine along with conventional medicine.
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