CAM encompasses a wide range of healing methods from acupuncture to massage therapy to herbal remedies such as St. John's Wort and Echinacea. Many of these remedies have been around for centuries. In the case of Acupuncture, there have been regulations on acupuncture in China and Japan for years. However, since many of these procedures have not been proven scientifically, western medicine had largely rejected the remedies as being effective forms of treatment. One professor of medicine at the Rabin Medical Center likened CAM to beliefs in magic and superstition that medicine relied on before modern scientific advances. "The deep model of Alternative medicine is anthropocentric magic. The explanations of the practitioners of alternate medicine are giving patients a set of magical rules to control the physical world, rules that have the human as the fulcrum."(1). In this article, he argues that alternative medicine is fraudulent, impossible to prove in clinical trials, and therefore, unacceptable even on the fringes of modern medicine.
Arguments to the contrary have grown increasingly louder as acupuncture, holistic therapies, and herbal remedies grow popular... [continues]
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