Essay on Cam Modalities Sci/201

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CAM Therapeutic Modalities

Cam Modalities SCI/201


According to the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine “CAM is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered to be part of conventional medicine.” (NCCAM, 2007) Science has yet to determine if these therapies are safe. Regardless of the answer there are hundreds of thousands of people today that use CAM to treat hundreds of different medical problems. Societies have used many of these practices for over 4000 years and are still in use today. CAM allows for a complete and holistic way of treatment of the human body.
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Conventional medicine would include exercise and a change in diet. All therapies are aimed at reducing weight.

Acupuncture can also be used to treat Back Pain. As described with weight loss, the same steps must be followed. Consultation and exam then decide on a treatment plan. This is an example of Alternative medicine treatment.

Complementary treatment would include Hydrotherapy - for acute back pain, use an ice pack on the sore area for 20 min every 1-2 hours. This helps with pain and inflammation until the Alternative medicine treatments begin to take effect.

Integrative medicine would include Alternative medicine –Acupuncture, Complementary medicine - Hydrotherapy and Conventional medicine – medication and along with a possibility of surgery. By using all three types of treatments, pain and inflammation can be significantly reduced and the Acupuncture treatments can begin to work and be re-evaluated along with the medication and ice packs.

Acupuncture can also be used to treat Depression by addressing the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Consultation and evaluation of the areas of concern aids in finding the correct course of treatment. For depression, the acupuncturist uses several areas to reduce grief, increase joy, decrease anger and depression. Other areas are also used to create an overall sense of well being and balance. The ears are often used to balance the brain and neuro transmitters. Magnets are also used on the ears to

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