Orthodox Medicine And Complementary And Alternative Medicine

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Orthodox medicine and Complementary and Alternative medicine (CAM) are used widely across the globe today. Acupuncture is a complementary medical practice which is used to improve many health conditions and its origins, method and uses in health care are explored and outlined. Although orthodox medicine is the dominant model in the United Kingdom (UK) the popularity of CAM is increasing as more and more people begin to choose CAM instead of, or along with orthodox medicine. There are many reasons for this and this is resulting in CAM being taken more seriously as more doctors and nurses are being trained in complementary and alternative therapies such as massage and acupuncture. Although people do use CAM it is evident that more research and trials need to be done to prove the efficiency and reliability of CAM as a treatment. 2. Introduction This report will explore the alternative health therapy acupuncture, which is a complementary medical practice used to promote, restore and maintain good health. It will discuss the origin and method of acupuncture and outline the different uses it has in healthcare. Orthodox healthcare and the reasons why this is the dominant model in the United Kingdom (UK) will be examined and compared to Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). The inter relationship of orthodox healthcare and CAM will be discussed and the increase in CAM and the reasons for this will be explored. 3. Acupuncture 3.1 Origins Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine which has been practised for thousands of years in China and the Far East. For many centuries it has been researched, tested, developed and defined to form an understanding of the body’s energetic balance. The first medical account ... ... middle of paper ... ...therapy which is used widely across the globe to treat many conditions. Although many people use CAM more research and trials need to be done to prove its efficiency and reliability before it is accepted as a reliable and efficient treatment. 7. Recommendations In order for CAM to expand more research and clinical trials need to be done to prove the effectiveness and mechanism of it. As there are little reliable trials done to prove the efficiency of CAM there is no scientific evidence behind its use to treat illness and therefore many people are unsure whether to use CAM as appose to orthodox medicine. Where trials have been carried out and positive results have been found, limited funding means the trials have not been repeated. Therefore if the funding for CAM is increased more research and trials can be done to prove whether CAM is an effective treatment.

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