Americans seem to believe in alternative medicine, shelling out more than $30 billion in 2012 alone for treatments ranging from acupuncture to homeopathy, federal researchers reported on Wednesday. Its impossible to explain away unnecessary suffering like child cancer without appealing to unsatisfying answers like ‘its a mystery’ or ‘child cancer is part of God’s plan’. Medicine is a highly adaptable profession, with new studies constantly challenging the conventional wisdom.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique of balancing the flow of energy. Jennie Rothenberg Gritz , a former senior editor at The Atlantic, is now a senior editor at Smithsonian magazine. The first step to declaring a Certificate in Complementary & Alternative Medicine is to submit an application for admission to UW-Milwaukee (UWM).
Just in the past year, the teaching hospital connected to the University of Florida began offering cancer patients consultations in homeopathy and traditional Chinese herbal medicine. In fact, NDs learn the same basic sciences as an MD, but they’re also schooled in a vast array of alternative medicine techniques.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) , complementary medicine” refers to use of CAM together with conventional medicine, such as using acupuncture. It’s the alternative therapies promoted as a way to treat disease that raise eyebrows.
It does need better regulation and understanding of the mechanism of how it works as unfortunately there are a lot of unethical people out who are exploiting sick people under the guise of alternative medicine. Patients are dissatisfied with the small amount of time they get with their doctors and with doctors who prescribe a pill for every ill.