Medical Practitioners Rising Wellness Interest For Whole Patient Care
The majority of conventional medical physicians and practitioners are finally accepting the healing therapies of complementary and alternative medicine. The increase in doctors attending Functional Medicine workshops is a clear indication of this rising interest. Complementary and alternative medicine, also referred to as CAM, as defined by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) as a broad and constantly changing field of “diverse medical and health care systems, practices and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.” Conventional medicine refers to traditional western medical practices of America’s mainstream medical regime. Complementary medicine refers to the use conventional medicine with natural products, a recognition and healing of the body-mind connection, and manipulative and body-based practices. Alternative medicine refers to the use of complementary medicine in place of conventional medicine.
When Allopathy Took Over
Allopathic medicine arrived on the medical discovery timeline in the early to mid
1800s, sometime after Homeopathy and Naturopathy were the healing methods of the time, Allopathy quickly became assimilated into mainstream medicine because of its biologically based drugs approach to healing. It played a major role in the development of vaccines to fight fatal diseases. Science seized the moment to discover cures and pharmacology took off creating new drugs to treat and prevent diseases, unfortunately eventually resulting in today’s modern medical model driven by unscrupulous pharmaceutical and insurance companies.
Complementary Medicine On The Rise
In 1993, a milestone survey was published in the New England Journal of Medicine that provided compelling evidence that Americans were taking responsibility for their own health care. The survey showed that one in three Americans was using some form of complementary and alternative therapy. Survey author David M. Eisenberg, MD, a Harvard medical doctor is quoted saying, “It’s one in three Americans, it’s thirty-three percent of the United States adult population. It’s thirteen billion dollars, it’s not reimbursed. Very few of these people are ever discussing it with their physicians; this is enormous.” And in 1997, Dr. Eisenberg repeated the same study to find the CAM industry had grown to nearly $30 billion.
Convention Tries To Hang On
These kinds of survey results launched a disturbing wave of anxiety and urgency among conventional doctors, health facility owners and pharmaceutical companies, as they realized how out of touch they were with patient care. They were concerned about the high probability of patients taking herbal remedies and vitamins along with prescriptive medicines which could be compromising the patient’s health. Also, they felt a need to get on board the CAM train or leave millions of dollars at the station, rather than in their pockets. To make the transition to allow CAM in their practices, conventionalist adopted the term integrative medicine to name their new medical programs that combined complementary and alternative therapies with conventional health care. The CAM therapies selected were based on high-quality scientific evidence for safety and effectiveness.
In 2004-2005, the NCCAM reported “36% of U.S. adults use complementary and alternative medicine… and when prayer (specifically for health reasons) is included in the definition of CAM, the number of U.S. adults using CAM in the past year rises to 62 percent.”
Complementary Medicine Prevails
Today, almost every major medical facility in America has some form of an integrated medicine component in its patient care program. Most medical practitioners are taking the time to examine a patient as a whole human being for optimal health care and healing, rather than isolating and treating just the symptoms of an illness. Holistic health, integrative medicine and integrative health medicine, are all complementary therapies translating into comprehensive holistic mind, body and spirit patient care.
- Push to rid universities of alternative medicine (theage.com.au)