Cam Modalities SCI/201
According to the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine “CAM is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered to be part of conventional medicine.” (NCCAM, 2007) Science has yet to determine if these therapies are safe. Regardless of the answer there are hundreds of thousands of people today that use CAM to treat hundreds of different medical problems. Societies have used many of these practices for over 4000 years and are still in use today. CAM allows for a complete and holistic way of treatment of the human body.
CAM Therapeutic Modalities
Alternative medicine does not compare with the normal or conventional medical practices that most of us are familiar with. Alternative medicine is not consistent in its effectiveness to treat. There are approx. 1800 different therapies of alternative medicine practiced all over the world.
Complementary medicine is the use of conventional medicine and, for example, Aroma therapy to lessen a pt’s pain or discomfort after surgery or medical procedure.
Integrative medicine is the use of conventional medicine, Alternative medicine and complementary medicine. Integrative medicine fuses all three together to treat all areas and can be an effective way to treat some illnesses.
The basic philosophy of CAM is to obtain balance and harmony while having a peaceful connection with all things. “In terms of optimal wellness, the concept of balance consists of mental physical, emotional, spiritual and environmental components.” (Fontaine, 2005)
The five domains of therapies of CAM are the following:
1. Whole medical systems – Built on complete systems such as Ayurveda, Homeopathic medicine and others. These have mostly evolved from a conventional approach into their own.
2. Mind – Body medicine – This usually involves Meditation, prayer, or other artistic/creative outlets. The idea is to enhance the minds ability to affect the body.
3. Biologically based practices – Herbs, foods/diet, vitamins and supplements.
4. Manipulative and body based practices – Going to a Chiropractor, manipulation and massage.
5. Energy medicine – Two types
A. Biofield therapies – They thought to affect the energy of the body and that which surrounds the body but has not been proven.
B. Bioelectromagnetic-based therapies – Involve the use of magnets or magnetic fields.
I will use Acupuncture as my modality of treatment. Weight loss is something that many of us at one time or another seem to worry about. Acupuncture is one of the only CAM treatments that have been tested to have real results. Acupuncture seeks to address the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Acupuncture can be used to treat the following:
1. Impulsive eating
2. Constant eating
3. Hunger pains
4. Chocolate and sweet cravings
5. Slow metabolism
These can all be treated with just a few visits to an acupuncturist. However, there are many steps to take to arrive at this point. There must first be a consultation and exam. Then the patient and the acupuncturist will decide a treatment protocol. After that, the sites are determined and treatment will begin. The number of treatments depends on weight loss goals.
Complementary treatment would include aroma therapy using Juniper (which calming affect decreases stress and is a diuretic) and also rosemary (which increases blood flow and helps to relax muscles).
Integrative treatment would include Alternative medicine - Acupuncture and Supplemental treatment using vitamins and minerals. Dieting supplements such as these are a very good idea to be able to keep your body running well. Complementary...