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Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments

Does the promotion or lack of promotion of CAM techniques confirm this gap in healing modalities? Explain how.
Why might traditional health care providers be reluctant in suggesting or implementing CAM techniques?
The side effects of traditional medicines are becoming increasingly referenced, especially in the media. Conversely, one rarely hears about the cautions of selecting alternative treatments, leading individuals to seek more natural treatments found in CAM practice. What is the problem of polarizing healing techniques in this way?
You will apply the knowledge and techniques of CAM models, specifically traditional Chinese medicine, including herbal medicine for a selected illness. Using the perspective of traditional allopathic medicine, answer the following questions:

What is the overall philosophy behind the treatment methods?
According to the treatment paradigm, what are the possible causes of the patient's symptoms?
What additional information may the practitioners require?
What interventions may be utilized through these methods (how will the condition be treated)?
What are the benefits and risks of using these methods of treatment?

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CAM—Application and Caution
Chinese medicine
Herbalism
Does the promotion or lack of promotion of CAM techniques confirm this gap in healing modalities? Explain how.

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is defined as a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not considered part of conventional medicine. The boundaries between CAM and conventional medicine are not absolute and specific CAM practices may become accepted. CAM practices are promoted into broad categories, such as natural products, mind body medicine, and body based practices. CAM practices are promoted by using a variety of herbal medicines, vitamins, minerals, and other natural products. Many CAM products are sold over the counter as dietary supplements. CAM products are also promoted as probiotics, which is live microbes that are similar to microorganisms found in human digestive tract and may have beneficial effects. They are available in foods or as dietary supplements.
Mind body practices focus on interaction among the brain, mind, body, and behavior, with intent to use the mind to affect physical functioning and promote health. Meditation and acupuncture are mind body practice of CAM that is promoted regular. Another type of CAM techniques are the manipulative and body based practices that focus on structure and systems of the body, including the bones and joints. These promotions of CAM techniques confirm the gaps between healing modalities because conventional medicine does not involve these techniques. These techniques are what separate CAM from traditional medicines. Polarized difference imaging (PDI) is a proven technology designed to mimic the functional characteristics of polarization vision in nature. Polarization showed better ...

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Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is defined as a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not considered part of conventional medicine. The boundaries between CAM and conventional medicine are not absolute and specific CAM practices may become accepted. CAM practices are promoted into broad categories, such as natural products, mind body medicine, and body based practices.

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