Regulatory Issues in CAM Paper
Complementary and alternative medicines are a great way for people to get the help they need. When searching out the best method, there are many things that people will look for to find the proper physician and best method of treatment. There are several options that are not covered under medical insurance policies while some methods are. Some people will consider a healthier way to heal and simply take vitamins or revert back to the methods they are familiar with. Some examples are: natural products, acupuncture, chiropractic, Feldenkrais Method, movement therapy, and through one’s own personal belief system. Natural Products Botanical Herbs
Natural products are used on a wide range of medical conditions. Doctors of the western culture have embraced many of the natural products to treat conditions from diabetes, overweight and high blood pressure. Most recent DR. Oz has announced benefits of taking Chia seeds as supplements to help multiple body functions from lowering blood pressure to weight loss and digestion. According to Coley, Chia seeds are rich in omega-3’s and dietary fibers. According to the office of Dietary Supplements National Institution of Health, Botanical herbs are a plant or plant part/s that is valued as a medical or therapeutic purpose. To be called a supplement a Botanical herb has to be able to be ingested by the mouth as a pill, liquid, capsule or tablet. It also must contain dietary supplements and be intended for supplementing one’s diet. In addition to these standards, it must be printed on the supplement bottle that it is a supplement (NIH 2013). Mind Body Acupuncture
Acupuncture can be dated back centuries to Oriental medicine. The process involves the different pressure points by penetration of the skin. According to the department of consumer affairs, an acupuncturist is allowed to engage in the practice of acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, perform or prescribe the use of oriental massage, acupressure, moxibustion, cupping, breathing techniques, exercise, heat, cold, magnets, nutrition, diet, herbs, plant, animal, and mineral products, and dietary supplements to promote, maintain, and restore health pursuant to Business & Professions Code Section 4937. The practices of acupuncture, according to Fontaine, have been so successful for hundreds of years that now the practice is being used on cats, dogs and horses. This is done through veterinarians and those who are trained and certified to perform these tasks. Although acupuncture requires training and certification, the sister to this practice requires no major training or certification and is referred to by Fontaine as the over the counter version known as acupressure. This technique is similar to acupuncture in that it targets the pressure points using hand or finger pressure instead of needles similar to the type of pressure that a Chiropractor might use. Manipulation Body Based Chiropractic
Chiropractic is a well-known type of therapy that is used to help those with spine or back problems. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2012) “practitioners may use a variety of treatment approaches, they primarily perform adjustments or manipulations to the spine or other parts of the body with the goal of correcting alignment problems, alleviating pain, improving function, and supporting the body's natural ability to heal itself”. Chiropractors have been around for several hundred years and over the years have improved tremendously. There is always more research that can be done to improve the field as this research continues. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2012) “in the United States, chiropractic is often considered a complementary health practice”. Chiropractors usually do not take insurance. Patients seeking care will pay out-of-pocket for visits. Chiropractors work with their...