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Mainstream Medicine versus Alternative Therapies?

What external pressures have moved mainstream medicine to accept alternative therapies? Have any alternative therapies been proven to work as well as standard treatments? If so, name the therapies.

Why is an integrated understanding of culture, health beliefs, and family necessary to affect the utilization of healthcare resources?

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1. What external pressures have moved mainstream medicine to accept alternative therapies?

Consumers/Patients were looking for a more holistic view and were one of the main external pressures to move mainstream medicine to accept alternative therapies. For example, it is apparent to Ernst (2008) that it is the "almost insatiable hunger of patients" for complementary medicine that has driven the importance of CM, not the eagerness of doctors, the interests of scientists, or the attention of politicians. In addition, because CM is usually unavailable through the National Health Service, patients are spending £1.6 billion in Britain every year to purchase complementary medicine products - and the effects of these are often uncertain (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/104463.php). The same is true in Canada and the United States.

b. Have any alternative therapies been proven to work as well as standard treatments? If so, name the therapies.

Complementary medicine includes several practices, the most popular of which are acupuncture, homeopathy, spinal manipulation, and herbal medicine. One side of the debate ...

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This solution discusses the external pressures that have moved mainstream medicine to accept alternative therapies. It also explains why an integrated understanding of culture, health beliefs, and family is necessary to affect the utilization of healthcare resources.

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