By Lois Snyder JD (auth.), Lois Snyder JD (eds.)

Complementary and substitute medication examines the real-life implications of sufferer matters and the healthcare procedure during which care is delivered.

Because complementary and replacement medication (CAM) will not be almost immediately thought of to join traditional drugs, this booklet discusses the impact that CAM has on sufferers, physicians, healthcare, and policymakers. additionally incorporated are the results that CAM has on conventional patient-physician relationships in addition to the physician's moral responsibilities in this topic.

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Herbal products are not well regulated and therefore there is a lack of uniformity in definition and quality control. Modern science often searches for and isolates the active ingredient in a preparation and then studies the biological effects of that ingredient: in CAM the whole plant is often used as it is thought to offset potential side effects—the whole being more that the sum of its parts. Still another question remains: what is legitimate healing? (35). Is healing an improvement over one’s baseline condition, or it is an improvement over and above what one might attribute to the placebo effect?

As this suggests, it is a health care approach beyond the mere treatment of disease, one whose fundamental principle is the integration of mind, body, and spirit. Various techniques are utilized to achieve this integration including diet, herbal therapy, aromatherapy, cleansing rituals, meditation, and yoga. Ayurveda is still practiced actively today as an integral part of the Indian health care system. As in TCM, the concept of balance is a fundamental principle of Ayurveda. Each individual, as part of the natural rhythm, is influenced by three fundamental universal energies: the three doshas—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

Veritable Energy Therapies Veritable (measurable) energies include sound and electromagnetic forces including visible light, magnetism, and monochromatic radiation. There are many well-established uses of measurable energies in conventional medicine as well, from both a diagnostic and therapeutic perspective. MRI, cardiac pacemakers, electrocardiograms, radiation therapy, ultraviolet light for psoriasis, and laser keratoplasty are common examples. Magnet therapy, popular today for musculoskeletal and arthritic pain, has been used for centuries.

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