Throughout the years there have been two traditions within the practice of medicine. One is the 'art of healing ' which involves its own specialised brand of training. The art of healing is dependent on the prescriber 's foreknowledge and the clients’ viewpoint of the prosperous results. The 'Science of healing ' is based on scientific and technological ideas. This tradition results in a lower liability for practitioners regarding the showing of an original approach to medicine, however the results of this method are more calculable (Kayne 2002). It is believed that the tradition of the ‘art of healing’ is increasing in popularity. The World Health Organisation states ' 'that the terms ' 'complementary medicine ' ' or ' 'alternative medicine’ ' are used interchangeably with traditional medicine in some countries. They refer to a broad set of health care practices that are not part of that country 's own tradition and are not integrated into the dominant health care system” (World Health Organization 2000). This type of treatment, is commonly known as ‘Complementary and alternative medicine’ (CAM). The word complementary derives from the meaning ‘together with’ established practices and the word alternative refers to ‘in place’ of established practices. Some patients choose to participate in complementary therapies along with the medication prescribed by their general practitioner whilst others prefer complementary therapies as opposed to the medications
It could be considered that conventional medicine has indirectly contributed to the rise of complementary and alternative medicine. A broad definition of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is “a broad set of health care practices that are not part of that country’s own tradition or conventional medicine and are not fully integrated into the dominant health-care system” (The World Health Organisation, n.d.). Expanding on this definition it is important to address the variable similarities of CAM modalities. CAM therapies across the various modalities have in common a shared, in varying degrees, holistic approach and subscribe to some form of vitality - a contrast from the science-based view point of conventional medicine prevalent in western society. In spite of CAM therapies empirical nature and efficacies, it is suggested that dissatisfaction of conventional medicine underpins the popularity it has garnered, thus, it will be examined further as to how and why. A further discussion will be made to related dangers of both alternative and science-based medicine; providing an opportunity to constructively educate the public on the differences between the two systems.
Complementary Therapies Around the world, nurses help care for people who are in need. There are many resources that nurses can use in order to provide this care. A few examples of these resources are medications, spirituality, and complementary therapies. A complementary therapy is a therapeutic technique that is often paired with an ongoing treatment. There are many different types of complementary therapies that can be used to help relieve pain, stress, and anxiety. Some therapies include music, pleasant smells, and even herbs. Sometimes complementary therapies are overlooked because nurses are not properly educated on how to either perform these therapies or do not know how these therapies can benefit a client. I chose this topic because I have seen how some of these therapies have helped people, and I want the world to embrace these resources rather than reject them. I once witnessed a form of music therapy bring a single person out of their shell and reduce their anxiety; this helped foster my belief that these therapies can be the difference in a client’s satisfaction level within the nursing field. Although this was the main reason why I chose this topic, my fascination with the past helped make the decision easier. I love learning how things have developed over time, and complementary therapies have been around for hundreds of years. My purpose within this paper is to inform nurses about the benefits of complementary therapies in order to help them embrace
In modern medicine, alternative therapies are poorly understood and studied. The preference for alternative therapies, and herbal medicine were indicated, and the fear of relinquishing information regarding these practices were almost paralyzing. It seemed as though they were ashamed to admit to cultural healing practices, and did not divulge information to practitioners regarding their usage. The cultural disconnect was present as alternative/complimentary medicines are valued as a culture, and “modern” practitioners cast judgment on their usage. This perceived stigma additionally limited the information shared by the cultural participants with modern medical treatments, potentially causing additional harm, as some herbals are potentially toxic.
The complementary therapy practice has become progressively universal, with a significant indication for nurses to ensure patients are well cared and their safety. The objective of the review is to find out the perspective of using complementary therapies by patients has impact on nurses. There were fifteen articles which were
An increasing number of medical schools are now offering courses in alternative medicine for their students, and some hospitals already have alternative medicine departments. The availability of healers and doctors practicing holistic medicine has also increased in recent years, and more and more people are educating themselves in these new fields. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that between 65 and 80 percent of the world’s population (about 3 billion people) rely on traditional medicine as their primary form of health care.
Patient-Centered Care: Patients should have control over the care they receive. By involving patients and family members in their care it will result in better health outcomes. “The response of health care professionals to patients’ questions, concerns, and feedback directly influences how comfortable patients are with speaking up” (Spath, 2011, p. 236). As nurses we need to respect our patients’ wishes and give each
Complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM, can be characterized as a gathering of restorative, human services, and healing systems other than those incorporated into health care in the United States. CAM incorporates the perspectives, speculations, modalities, items, and practices connected with these systems and their utilization to treat disease and advance health and prosperity (McKenzie, 2012). Even though heterogeneous, the significant CAM frameworks have numerous normal attributes, including an attention on individualizing medications, treating the entire individual, advancing self-consideration and self-recuperating, and perceiving the otherworldly way of every person. What's more, numerous CAM frameworks have attributes generally found in standard human services, for example, an emphasis on great sustenance and preventive practices. Dissimilar to standard medication, CAM frequently needs or has just restricted trial and clinical concentrate; then again, experimental examination of CAM is starting to address this learning crevice. In this manner, limits in the
Through the enthusiasm of alternative medicine by patients, the health and social care sector comes across to:” ethical issues of efficacy, training, competence and patient safety, “according to (Nursing times ,2005). Therefore, it is important to understand the principles behind complementary therapies and their usage.
For the scholarly article review, I chose “Integrating Naturopathy: Can We Move Forward?” from The Permanente Journal. The focus of the article addresses why the integrative role of naturopathy, given the growing demand from patients for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), has yet to be well integrated into the conventional continuum of care. The article discusses the benefits naturopathic medicine delivers, various obstacles that interfere with the success of its integration, and suggests improved communication between physicians to enhance its application in the conventional care framework.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Integrating into the Nursing Practice Complementary alternative medicines (CAMs) are not a new-fangled medical practice that has recently come out (Bennett, 2009). Several complementary alternative medicine therapies are; homeopathy, aromatherapy, touch therapy, and music therapy, these therapies named here is just a small number of therapies
Currently in healthcare, the vision of holistic, patient-centered care is not being successfully achieved. Holism, as an entity within healthcare, lacks research. Studies confirm that challenges in conducting research in this area are that both patients and healthcare providers have different perceptions regarding patient-focused care, and in the basic knowledge as to what holistic care encompasses. Another factor involves terminology variances regarding patient-centered care, integrative care, and holistic care making data collection difficult. Alignment of terminology, and acknowledgement of the important facet of holistic care among healthcare professionals and the public, is imperative in improving patient care and outcomes. Cultivating
Introduction In today’s society, individuals strive to live a healthier and longer life. People strive to do this by making lifestyle changes. For example, being more health conscious by purchasing organic foods and BPA free products. Recently, consumers have been enamored with reports stating BPA products may cause cancer. In addition, people are purchasing organic foods because it has been said that switching to the consumption of organic foods may decrease the toxins that can cause harm to the body. Thirdly, with the frequent incidents of antibiotics prescriptions being freely distributed, when they may not be necessary in the treatment of certain infections, more people are being affected with super infections. This in turn is causing people to switch to complementary/alternative therapies. There continues to be an increase in the use of herbal supplements, vitamins, and in modalities such as: alternative therapies like acupuncture and massage therapy. As more consumers use these therapies, the medical industry has started to turn their attention to integrating these therapies into daily nursing practice. In this paper, Noreen Cavan Frisch’s writings “Nursing as a Context for Alternatives/Complementary Modalities”, “Standards for Holistic Nursing Practice: A way to think about our care that includes complementary and alternative modalities”, and “Keeping the Concept of ’human energy field’ in the Mainstream of Nursing Work” are analyzed for techniques used to persuade
A balanced lifestyle is a healthy lifestyle, giving attention to the whole person focusing on a person’s optimal health by promoting therapy to heal the mind, body and spirit of a person. Holistic medicine encompasses all safe and appropriate modalities of diagnosis and treatment (AHHA, 2015). The principles of holistic medical practice include safe and effective options that help with the diagnosis and treatment by educating patients to help them change their lifestyle and self-care, conventional drugs and surgery, searching for the underlying causes of disease is preferable to symptoms alone, illness is viewed as a manifestation of a dysfunction of the whole person, not as an isolated event, Holistic physicians encourage patients to evoke the healing power of love, hope, humor and enthusiasm, and to release the toxic consequences of hostility, shame, greed, depression, and prolonged fear, anger, and grief. Unconditional love is life 's most powerful medicine. Physicians strive to adopt an attitude of unconditional love for patients, themselves, and other practitioners. Optimal health is much more than the absence of sickness. It is the conscious pursuit of the highest qualities of the physical, environmental, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects of the human experience (AHHA, 2015).
By examining some of the most popular, enduring alternative medical systems, one can begin to see some general trends of the systems, understand some recurring flaws, and understand the attraction and usefulness of alternative medicine in today's health care system. However, alternative medicine remains controversial. Whether it can be supported scientifically or not, alternative medicine may be useful to encourage both physical and mental well-being via a placebo effect. For this reason, alternative medicine must be considered by physicians as a complement to modern medicine.