Essay on Alternative Medicine

705 Words Nov 1st, 2013 3 Pages


Deana M. Burgin, SVN

Pharmacology, VN159
Mrs. Helen Rice, RN, MSN
November 10, 2013 Alternative medicine has become more popular in the past decade, mainly due to rising health care cost. Alternative medicine (as defined by NCCAM) is “using a non-mainstream approach in place of conventional medicine.” Conventional medicine is medicine as practiced by holders of M.D. (Medical Doctor) or D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy) degrees and by their allied health professionals such as physical therapists, psychologists, and registered nurses. Over 40 percent of Americans today practice or utilize some type of alternative medicine to maintain their health. More physicians are accepting alternative medicines as a more
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Using one’s own belief’s and internal strengths can greatly aid in these techniques of meditation, prayer, relaxation, tai chi, yoga, and even art therapies. The mind and body practices most commonly used included deep breathing, meditation, chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation, massage, yoga, progressive relaxation, and guided imagery. These therapies have been utilized as pain control therapies across several generations; and are widely used today throughout several medical disciplines. Although these techniques are being commonly used; the mind is continually being studied along with the brains ability to not only block pain receptors, but to release chemicals processed by our bodies to relieve pain. A biologically based practice is what most Americans are familiar, and comfortable in seeking out as alternative treatments; mainly due to the availability and method. These practices include dietary supplements, vitamins and minerals, probiotics and herbal remedies. Herbs and supplements come in many forms for many uses; some can be taken as teas, oils, syrups, powers, tablets or capsules. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) regulates both finished dietary supplements and supplement ingredients. The FDA regulates supplements under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA). Manipulation and body-based practices use human touch. Human touch has been recognized as a powerful

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