Focus is on: Personal responsibility for health, joining of mind-body-spirit and use of natural less invasive modalities.
national center for complementary and alternative medicine
Have 5 categories of therapies: Alternative medical systems, Mind-body, biologic-based, manipulative and body based, energy therapies
Traditional Chinese Medicine
the traditional medical system of China, which views illness as the result of a disturbance in the flow of qi, the life force; therapies include acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, cuppping, moxibustion, nutrition, meditation, Tai Chi, and QI gong.
Application of heat from a small piece of burning herb to restore flow of Qi
Developed in India, views disease as an imbalance between a person's life force (prana) and basic metabolic condition (dosha) Interventions include: breathing exercises, nutrition, detoxification, herbs, meditation, and yoga.
Native American Health Care
based on spiritual domain whereby all things have "spirit" Community is valued and plays a role in the healing process. Gratitude and harmony w/ nature are central themes. Herbs, natural medicines, spiritual rituals and ceremony by medicine men and women use herbs and natural medicines, spiritual rituals, and ceremony.
Hispanic health care
based on a blend of Native American and Spanish cultural beliefs. The healer is the curandero/curandera. Herbalism, spiritualism, mysticism, faith healing, energy medicine
Based on "like cures like" Remedies are specially prepared from the same substance that causes the symptom or problem. Remedies are beleived to work through an energy transfer.
based on promotion of health rather than sx management. Focuses on enhancing the body's natural healing response using a variety of individualized interventions such as nutrition, herbology, homeopathy, physical therapies and counseling. page 96 table 8-2
Mind body interventions
Relaxation breathinng, Prayer, meditation, Imagery, biofeedback, hypnosis, music therapy, art therapy, journaling, and animal-assisted therapy (AAT) page 97 table 8-4
Biologic based therapies
Herbal therapy, Nutraceuticals, nutritional therapy, aromatherapy. page 97 table 8-5
Manipulative and body-based methods
Chiropratic therapy, Acupressure, Massage therapy and Yoga page 98 box 8-6
Therapeutic touch, healing touch, Reiki, magnet therpy
page 98 box 8-7
Conditions that may benifit from acupuncture
Pain management, surgical analgesia, chemotherapy-induced nausea, neurologic disorders, gynecologic nd obstetric conditions, asthma, gastrointestinal conditions, substance abuse. page 99 table 8-4
developed to describe the study of health as related to an apparent connection between god/spirit and the human body.
Advantages of herbal therapy
fewer side effects, amenable to self-care and Lower cost.
Disadvantages of herbs
Longer period of time to onset of action, possible drug-herb interactions, inconsistent manufacturing practices and information available to consumers is not always reliable
healing through the use of plants
Commonly used herbs
Aloe, bilberry, black cohosh, chamomile, echinacea, evening primrose, feverfew, garlic, ginger, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, goldenseal, hawthorn, kava, milk thistle, peppermint, st. john's wort, saw palmetto, turmeric valerian. Page 102
Commonly used dietry supplements
Chondroitin sulfate, coenzyme Q10 dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), fish oil/omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine, green tea, melatonin. page 103 table 8-11
is a method of detecting and balancing human energy. It involves the conscious use of hands to direct or modulate human energy fields.