1. Discuss the safety and effectiveness of alternative and complementary medicine for the treatment of specific illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, and hypertension.
2. Discuss the benefits of traditional Chinese medicine
3. Discuss conflicts/concerns supporting a patient who chooses holistic/allopathic medicine?
Course Name and Number
Medicine’s basic purpose is to meet people’s inexorable bodily and emotional recovery demands. Complementary and alternative medicine refers to treatments not part of mainstream medical care and is provided by professionals with medical degrees or master’s degrees (Esmail, 2017). They include, among other things, tai chi, massage, drinking green tea, herbal supplements and vitamins, and acupuncture in the treatment of ailments. Some complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) techniques have been studied and proven beneficial and safe, while others have been found to be useless and perhaps hazardous. There has been a minimal study on complementary and alternative medicines for various reasons, including regulatory problems, money, and time constraints.
Safety and Effectiveness of Alternative and Complementary medicine:
Alternative cancer therapies may not be able to cure cancer, but they may help people manage the symptoms and indications that cancer and cancer treatments create. Cancer patients have a variety of signs and symptoms, including nausea, discomfort, worry, problems sleeping, stress, and exhaustion, all of which may be alleviated with alternative treatments (Ali-Shtayeh et al., 2016). Yoga, massage, and exercise may help cancer patients feel less tired. Stress, exhaustion, sleeping issues, vomiting, and anxiety may be reduced using hypnotherapy, aromatherapy, physiotherapy, contemplation, music therapy, and relaxation methods. Individuals with a low blood count, on the other hand, should avoid massage.
Diabetes mellitus is a leading cause of death worldwide. Diabetes affects around four million people in the United Kingdom. Nutritional supplements, acupuncture, reflexology, massage, cinnamon, garlic preparations, multivitamins, fenugreek, massage, and relaxation therapy are some of the alternative and complementary therapies utilized to treat diabetes (Alsanad et al., 2018). However, there is a paucity of data on the efficacy of the majority of alternative and complementary medicines in the management of diabetes. Some individuals find them useful, while others are unconvinced. According to a new study, aromatherapy may improve glucose tolerance when taken orally, but it cannot substitute established glucose treatments like insulin for those with type 1 diabetes. Supplements and herbs should be used with caution by people with diabetes since they may affect how diabetes treatment works. Finally, physical activity is recognized as a natural diabetes therapy that helps to regulate weight and blood sugar levels.
People with high blood pressure may benefit from a diet rich in veggies, fruits, cereals, and low-fat dairy products to decrease their blood pressure (Chrysant, 2016). In hypertensive persons, relaxing exercises and meditation may also help reduce blood pressure.
Benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine is made up of acupuncture, tai chi and herbal products, which is a combination of herbal products with mental practices. These treatments restore homeostasis and promote optimal welfare (He et al., 2019). Traditional Chinese Medicine treats diseases holistically by identifying and addressing the underlying cause of a disease or health concern, and providing long-term solutions. It corrects symptoms such as pain, infertility, arthritis, insomnia, stress and depression. It can as well treat acute and chronic conditions. As a preventive measure, TCM prevents the appearance or progression of diseases, ensures one’s skin looks youthful and promotes health responsibility as people take charge of their well-being.
Conflicts/ Concerns supporting patients who choose holistic/allopathic medicine
Holistic medicine for the treatment of a specific condition promotes wellbeing and health by addressing the spirit, body, and mind. It incorporates elements of conventional, complementary, and alternative medicine. Using a variety of modalities, holistic medicine aims to treat the whole person. When patients take care of their physical, mental, and emotional well-being, their overall health improves. People who practice yoga as a kind of physical exercise report more energy and better sleep due to their efforts. To a similar extent, holistic treatment reduces the dependency on potentially harmful drugs (Lee et al., 2018). People may avoid consuming over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin when they use this method. Additionally, the holistic treatment encourages self-care, which is a vital consideration. Yoga and acupuncture are only two examples of alternative therapies that would not have been formerly prescribed. Individuals attempt to counteract them by examining all factors that affect their health. It also guarantees that people’s bodies don’t get resistant to western treatment.
Ali-Shtayeh, M. S., Jamous, R. M., Salameh, N. M., Jamous, R. M., & Hamadeh, A. M. (2016). Complementary and alternative medicine use among cancer patients in Palestine with special reference to safety-related concerns. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 187, 104-122.
Alsanad, S., Aboushanab, T., Khalil, M., & Alkhamees, O. A. (2018). A descriptive review of the prevalence and usage of traditional and complementary medicine among Saudi diabetic patients. Scientifica, 2018.
Chrysant, S. G. (2016). The clinical significance and costs of herbs and food supplements used by complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases and hypertension. Journal of Human Hypertension, 30(1), 1-6.s
Esmail, N. (2017). Complementary and alternative medicine. Fraser Institute.
He, J., Li, X., Wang, Z., Bennett, S., Chen, K., Xiao, Z., … & Lin, D. (2019). Therapeutic anabolic and anticatabolic benefits of natural Chinese medicines for the treatment of osteoporosis. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 1344.
Lee, M. Y., Chan, C. C., Chan, C. L., Leung, P. P., & Ng, S. M. (2018). Integrative body-mind-spirit social work: An empirically based approach to assessment and treatment. Oxford University Press.