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Native American Healing

Native American Healing

A lot of healing practices and spiritual ceremonials that are being practiced nowadays by healing practitioners and metaphysical groups have been acquired from traditions that initiated from assorted Native American tribes.

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine

In fact, even the term and its definition are not entirely agreed on. In addition to complementary and alternative medicine, other frequently used terms are unconventional medicine and integrative medicine. The term complementary medicine refers to therapies that are used in addition to conventional medicine, while the term alternative medicine is used to describe treatments that are used instead of conventional medicine. Several studies have documented that CAM is used frequently in the United States. One well-known large study was conducted in 1997 and was reported in the medical literature in 1998 by Dr. David Eisenberg (1). In this study of more than 2,000 people, approximately 42 percent used some form of CAM. It was estimated that 629 million visits were made to practitioners of alternative medicine this was greater than the number of visits to all primary care physicians in that year. Nearly 20 percent of people were taking some type of herb or...

Complementary and Alternative Medicine and MS

Eisenberg D, Davis R, Ettner S, et al. Trends in alternative medicine use in the United States, 1990-1997. JAMA 1998 280 1569-1575. 3. Barnes PM, Powell-Griner E, McFann K, et al. Complementary and alternative medicine use among adults United States, 2002. Adv Data 2004 343 1-20. 6. Marrie RA, Hadjimichael O, Vollmer T. Predictors of alternative medicine use by multiple sclerosis patients. Mult Scler 2003 9 461-466. 9. Shinto L, Yadav V, Morris C, et al. Demographic and health-related factors associated with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in multiple sclerosis. Mult Scler 2006 12 94-100. 15. Thorne S, Paterson B, Russell C, et al. Complementary alternative medicine in chronic illness as informed self-care decision making. Int Nursing Studies 2002,9 671-683.

Important Precautions About ementary and Alternative Medicine and

This book provides much detailed information about specific types of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). This information is intended to assist people in assessing CAM therapies for multiple sclerosis (MS). In addition to this specific information, some general ideas are important to understand and may be helpful in the CAM decision-making process

Additional Readings Websites

The Alternative Medicine Handbook. New York W.W. Norton, 1998. Ernst E, ed. The Desktop Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine An Evidence-Based Approach. Edinburgh Mosby, 2001. Freeman L. Mosby's Complementary and Alternative Medicine A Research-Based Approach. St. Louis Mosby, 2004. Institute of Medicine. Committee on the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by the American Public. Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the United States. Washington, D.C. National Academies Press, 2005. Navarra T. The Encyclopedia of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. New York Checkmark Books, 2005. Spencer JW, Jacobs JJ. Complementary Alternative Medicine An Evidence-Based Approach. St. Louis Mosby, 2003. Bowling AC. Complementary and alternative medicine in multiple sclerosis dispelling common myths about CAM. Int J MS Care 2005 7 42-44. Bowling AC, Ibrahim R, Stewart TM. Alternative medicine and multiple sclerosis an objective review from an American...

Additional Readings Books

The Desktop Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine An Evidence-Based Approach. Edinburgh Mosby, 2001, pp.33-35. Fugh-Berman A. Alternative Medicine What Works. Baltimore Williams & Wilkins, 1997, pp. 182-187. Therapies. Springhouse, PA Springhouse Publishing, 2001, pp. 52-53. Navarra T. The Encyclopedia of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. New York

Qualityof Life Issues in Head and Neck Cancer Management

As we go beyond the year 2000, health care professionals, regardless of their area of practice, will be required (like it or not) to participate in evolving areas of medical practice that have not been part of the traditional medicine of earlier decades outcomes assessment, patient quality-of-life (QOL) issues, statistical methods such as decision analysis and meta-analysis, and new areas of patient interest such as alternative medicine, to name a few.1 A voluminous literature already exists concerning QOL assessment in head and neck cancer (HNC) patients, but it is too embryonic to have fostered distinct controversies at this point. This chapter presents a brief overview of where we have been, where we are, and where we are going on issues related to QOL in HNC patients. The goals of this presentation are to make health care professionals aware of (1) new issues that must be dealt with (2) how espousing, rather than resisting, these new trends can optimize relationships with patients...

Chiropractic Medicine

Chiropractic medicine is one of the most popular forms of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the United States. Chiropractors are the largest group of alternative medicine practitioners and the third largest group of health care professionals in the United States (after physicians and dentists). It is estimated that more than 160 million Americans visit chiropractors yearly.

Youth Smoking Cessation

Sussman, Dent, and Lichtman (2000) designed an innovative school quit-smoking program that featured interactive activities, such as games and talk shows, alternative medicine techniques (i.e., yoga, relaxation, and meditation), and behavioral strategies for smoking cessation. Two hundred and fifty-nine students enrolled in the program at 12 schools and another 76 students served as standard care controls (smoking status surveyed at baseline and at 3 months). Objective measures of cigarette smoking were used. Elective class credit and class release time were offered for participation in the program.

Deadly nightshade Belladonna Atropa belladonna Solanaceae

It is used in folk remedies in North Africa and Nepal, and may have been an ingredient in the wine drunk at the Bacchanalian orgies. There is also speculation that belladonna was one of the most important drugs used in European witchcraft, applied (along with a myriad of other plant and animal extracts) in the form of a salve.

Vitamins Minerals and Other Nonherbal Supplements

The use of vitamins, minerals, and other supplements is both popular and controversial. Surveys of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) indicate that the use of supplements is one of the most common forms of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Much of their popularity probably is due to their accessibility. Supplements are easily purchased from grocery stores, health food stores, and drug stores, and using supplements does not require seeing a practitioner.

Hnc Qol Perspective Where Are We Going

Brief encounters, to suddenly start asking patients whether they are happy, depressed, and alcoholic, and how they feel about their cancer treatment, it is necessary to be aware of the domains encompassed in well-being and to be aware of issues relating to patient empowerment. Failure of medical practitioners to concern themselves with such issues is a factor in the burgeoning industry of alternative medicine into which patients are currently pouring billions of dollars and more practitioner visits than to family doctors.56

Medicine CAM

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a common disease of the nervous system. Most people with MS use some form of conventional medical treatment. In addition, many people with MS also use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), which refers to unconventional medical practices that are not part of mainstream medicine. Despite the fact that CAM is used frequently and MS is a common neurologic disorder, it may be difficult to obtain accurate and unbiased information specific to the use of CAM for MS.

Cooling Therapy

Cooling therapy is a unique form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) used for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Small decreases in body temperature may lead to relief of some MS-related symptoms. Cooling methods ranging from the simple to the complex have been developed. The use of cooling suits for MS was introduced in the United States in the early 1990s.


Exercise is not always classified as a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Instead, it may be viewed as conventional medicine or entirely out of the realm of medicine, as a type of self-care or simply a component of one's lifestyle. Regardless of its formal classification, it is important to consider exercise because it is not always fully discussed during a conventional medical office visit, and it has significant health implications for people with multiple sclerosis (MS).


HH-omeopathy is one of the more controversial forms of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Much of the controversy is due to the fact that the basic principles of homeopathy are in conflict with many of the fundamental concepts of conventional medicine as well as those of chemistry, biology, and physics. In spite of these controversial ideas, homeopathy is, on a worldwide basis, one of the most popular forms of CAM.


editation is a type of mind-body therapy, a class of therapies that also includes biofeedback, hypnosis, and guided imagery. For thousands of years, meditation has been practiced in some form, especially in the context of religious practice. Also, meditation is one of several components of some complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies, including Ayurveda (which uses transcendental meditation or TM) and traditional Chinese medicine.