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Naturopathic and homeopathic remedies

Develop a proposal for an insurance company to convince them that they should cover services provided by Naturopathic and Homeopathic doctors. Your proposal should be a minimum of 4 pages (double space) and include the following:

A description of naturopathy and homeopathy and known benefits.

The specific medical conditions that the insurance company could cover for each and why.

The cost benefits of treating the proposed medical conditions via the alternative versus traditional medical treatments.

You should attempt making a convincing argument for the alternative medical treatment.

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For this question you will need to address some real concerns about the usefulness and cost/benefit ratio of naturopathy and homeopathy compared to traditional medicine. The first thing is to understand what is meant by these terms. There are pros and cons on both sides of the argument and the real task is to filter through the opinions.

Naturopathy:
This approach to health takes a more holistic approach viewing treatments as a means to building a better being rather than simply curing a disease1. Naturopathic treatments often involve a combination or diet, exercise and various therapies (herbal, light, psychological etc)2. See the wikipedia reference for some great overview material on naturopathy.

Homeopathy:
This approach involves using treatments that in a healthy individual would cause similar symptoms as in the diseased state3. The 'Principle of Similars' governs this method of treatment and has lead to great controversy over its usefulness. Again check the wikipedia entry for general information.

Traditional medicine (also referred to as western medicine or evidence-based medicine):
Most people are familiar with this type of approach that uses scientific approaches to identification of drugs that will reduce symptoms or alleviate the causes of diseases4.

To address the question of the illnesses that an ...

Solution Summary

Examination of naturopathic and homeopathic treatments and their acceptance by health insurance companies.

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