MRU CAM Usage in The Healthcare Industry Discussion

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) are medication strategies that are used together with the standard treatment approaches to diseases. When used alongside the standard treatment, the practice is regarded as complementary because it is meant to reinforce the effectiveness of the standard treatment. When the practices are used as a substitute for the standard treatment, then they are regarded as alternative because they have provided a choice to the standard treatment (Soveri et al., 2021).

CAM practices are, however, marred by questions regarding their safety and effectiveness. There exists limited or no research regarding some of the CAM practices that people still use, which has led to the continued debate on whether the practices are really safe or not (Zaidi et al., 2022). Medical research provides that practices such as yoga, acupuncture, relaxation therapies, food and drink supplements, herbs, and diet changes, among many others, are some of the CAM strategies that can be considered useful and safe, but only if they are appropriately used (Zaidi et al., 2022). This suggests that a CAM practice that has proven to be effective in some instances may not be safe and/or effective in another instance where it is wrongly applied. Therefore, with this assertion, it would be correct to argue that the safety and/or effectiveness of CAM approaches is dependent on whether they have been correctly applied by the individuals who intend to benefit from their application.

Holistic and Allopathic Care

The word of nursing has been under constant evolution, with approaches to medicine and health care shifting to focus on patients. Patient-centered care is becoming increasingly popular, such that the goals of nursing are, in most cases, oriented to patients and their needs. In light of this knowledge, holistic care has emerged, whereby patients are now being treated not only for the disease they suffer but also for other factors that could be leading to the onset of the diseases. The factors could include but are not limited to spirituality, mental health issues, psychological conditions, and/or even culture (Patwardhan et al., 2021). The main advantage of adopting this form of health care is that patients often report better outcomes that relate to medication compliance, reduced hospital stays and rehospitalization, and overall patient satisfaction, among several other outcomes (Patwardhan et al., 2021). Allopathic care, on the other hand, has a different approach to care because where it is adopted, healthcare professionals primarily focus on the prevailing diseases. Other precipitating factors are not considered important in the disease prognosis, and hence, once the disease symptoms are eradicated through medications, the patient is considered to be healthy.

Patients have the liberty to choose what form of care they would like to have whenever they visit a care facility, which would be in accordance with their needs. Therefore, as a healthcare professional, I would not have concerns supporting a patient who chooses either holistic or allopathic approaches to care. However, even with no concerns, I believe it would be helpful to the patient if I took the initiative to explain to the patient the expectations in each form of care so that they can be aware of what will happen depending on the choice they make.

References

Patwardhan, V., Patel, G. M., Williams, C. L., & Modi, E. (2021). A holistic care approach to combat the COVID-19 disease. Journal of family medicine and primary care10(2), 844-849. 

Soveri, A., Karlsson, L. C., Antfolk, J., Lindfelt, M., & Lewandowsky, S. (2021). Unwillingness to engage in behaviors that protect against COVID-19: the role of conspiracy beliefs, trust, and endorsement of complementary and alternative medicine. BMC Public Health21, 1-12. 

Zaidi, S. F., Alzahrani, A., Alghamdy, Z., Alnajar, D., Alsubhi, N., Khan, A., … & Alsubhi Sr, N. (2022). Use of complementary and alternative medicine in the general public of western Saudi Arabia: A cross-sectional survey. Cureus14(12). 

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Alternative and complementary medicine (CAM) encompasses a diverse range of therapeutic approaches and practices that are used alongside or in place of conventional medical treatments. While some CAM therapies have gained popularity and anecdotal support, it is essential to evaluate their safety and effectiveness, particularly for the treatment of specific illnesses like cancer, diabetes, and hypertension.

Starting with cancer, many CAM therapies have been explored as adjuncts to conventional treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Examples include acupuncture, herbal remedies, and dietary supplements. However, the safety and effectiveness of these therapies vary widely. Some may provide relief from side effects like nausea and pain, but they should not be considered as standalone treatments. The National Cancer Institute warns against using CAM therapies as a primary cancer treatment due to a lack of rigorous scientific evidence supporting their effectiveness. Moreover, some therapies can interfere with conventional treatments or even be harmful. Patients with cancer should always consult with their healthcare team and follow evidence-based treatments. 

Moving on to diabetes, CAM approaches such as acupuncture, herbal supplements, and mindfulness meditation have been explored as complementary strategies to manage blood sugar levels and improve overall well-being. While some studies have shown potential benefits in terms of glycemic control and stress reduction, it is crucial to approach these therapies with caution. Safety concerns may arise from interactions with diabetes medications, inconsistent product quality, and a lack of standardized dosages in herbal supplements. Patients with diabetes should inform their healthcare providers about any CAM therapies they are considering and seek guidance on their safe incorporation into their overall treatment plan.

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is another condition where CAM therapies have been explored. Practices like meditation, yoga, and relaxation techniques can help reduce stress and contribute to blood pressure management. Dietary supplements, such as coenzyme Q10 and garlic, have also been investigated for their potential antihypertensive effects. While some individuals may find benefit from these approaches, they should not replace prescribed antihypertensive medications. Additionally, herbal supplements and dietary changes can interact with medications or have unintended side effects, making it essential for individuals with hypertension to consult their healthcare professionals before integrating CAM therapies into their treatment plan.

In conclusion, Holistic care considers the whole person, including mental, emotional, and social aspects, and can be a valuable approach in healthcare. Allopathic medicine, on the other hand, primarily focuses on the physical aspects of illness and employs drugs and surgery for treatment. Both approaches have their merits and demerits. Personally, there wouldn’t be a conflict in supporting a patient’s choice of holistic or allopathic medicine as long as the chosen method is evidence-based, safe, and suitable for the patient’s condition, and the decision is made in consultation with a healthcare professional.

References:

1)National Cancer Institute. (2021). Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

2)American Diabetes Association. (2020). Lifestyle Management: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes—2020.

3)Brook, R. D., Appel, L. J., Rubenfire, M., Ogedegbe, G., Bisognano, J. D., Elliott, W. J., … & Rajagopalan, S. (2021). Beyond medications and diet: alternative approaches to lowering blood pressure: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Hypertension, 57(6), 1360-1383.


Reply to at least two other student posts with a reflection of their response.  
by 
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) are medication strategies that are used together with the standard treatment approaches to diseases. When used alongside the standard treatment, the practice is regarded as complementary because it is meant to reinforce the effectiveness of the standard treatment. When the practices are used as a substitute for the standard treatment, then they are regarded as alternative because they have provided a choice to the standard treatment (Soveri et al., 2021).
CAM practices are, however, marred by questions regarding their safety and effectiveness. There exists limited or no research regarding some of the CAM practices that people still use, which has led to the continued debate on whether the practices are really safe or not (Zaidi et al., 2022). Medical research provides that practices such as yoga, acupuncture, relaxation therapies, food and drink supplements, herbs, and diet changes, among many others, are some of the CAM strategies that can be considered useful and safe, but only if they are appropriately used (Zaidi et al., 2022). This suggests that a CAM practice that has proven to be effective in some instances may not be safe and/or effective in another instance where it is wrongly applied. Therefore, with this assertion, it would be correct to argue that the safety and/or effectiveness of CAM approaches is dependent on whether they have been correctly applied by the individuals who intend to benefit from their application.
Holistic and Allopathic Care
The word of nursing has been under constant evolution, with approaches to medicine and health care shifting to focus on patients. Patient-centered care is becoming increasingly popular, such that the goals of nursing are, in most cases, oriented to patients and their needs. In light of this knowledge, holistic care has emerged, whereby patients are now being treated not only for the disease they suffer but also for other factors that could be leading to the onset of the diseases. The factors could include but are not limited to spirituality, mental health issues, psychological conditions, and/or even culture (Patwardhan et al., 2021). The main advantage of adopting this form of health care is that patients often report better outcomes that relate to medication compliance, reduced hospital stays and rehospitalization, and overall patient satisfaction, among several other outcomes (Patwardhan et al., 2021). Allopathic care, on the other hand, has a different approach to care because where it is adopted, healthcare professionals primarily focus on the prevailing diseases. Other precipitating factors are not considered important in the disease prognosis, and hence, once the disease symptoms are eradicated through medications, the patient is considered to be healthy.
Patients have the liberty to choose what form of care they would like to have whenever they visit a care facility, which would be in accordance with their needs. Therefore, as a healthcare professional, I would not have concerns supporting a patient who chooses either holistic or allopathic approaches to care. However, even with no concerns, I believe it would be helpful to the patient if I took the initiative to explain to the patient the expectations in each form of care so that they can be aware of what will happen depending on the choice they make.
References
Patwardhan, V., Patel, G. M., Williams, C. L., & Modi, E. (2021). A holistic care approach to combat the COVID-19 disease. Journal of family medicine and primary care, 10(2), 844-849. 
Soveri, A., Karlsson, L. C., Antfolk, J., Lindfelt, M., & Lewandowsky, S. (2021). Unwillingness to engage in behaviors that protect against COVID-19: the role of conspiracy beliefs, trust, and endorsement of complementary and alternative medicine. BMC Public Health, 21, 1-12. 
Zaidi, S. F., Alzahrani, A., Alghamdy, Z., Alnajar, D., Alsubhi, N., Khan, A., … & Alsubhi Sr, N. (2022). Use of complementary and alternative medicine in the general public of western Saudi Arabia: A cross-sectional survey. Cureus, 14(12). 
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Alternative and complementary medicine (CAM) encompasses a diverse range of therapeutic approaches and practices that are used alongside or in place of conventional medical treatments. While some CAM therapies have gained popularity and anecdotal support, it is essential to evaluate their safety and effectiveness, particularly for the treatment of specific illnesses like cancer, diabetes, and hypertension.
Starting with cancer, many CAM therapies have been explored as adjuncts to conventional treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Examples include acupuncture, herbal remedies, and dietary supplements. However, the safety and effectiveness of these therapies vary widely. Some may provide relief from side effects like nausea and pain, but they should not be considered as standalone treatments. The National Cancer Institute warns against using CAM therapies as a primary cancer treatment due to a lack of rigorous scientific evidence supporting their effectiveness. Moreover, some therapies can interfere with conventional treatments or even be harmful. Patients with cancer should always consult with their healthcare team and follow evidence-based treatments. 
Moving on to diabetes, CAM approaches such as acupuncture, herbal supplements, and mindfulness meditation have been explored as complementary strategies to manage blood sugar levels and improve overall well-being. While some studies have shown potential benefits in terms of glycemic control and stress reduction, it is crucial to approach these therapies with caution. Safety concerns may arise from interactions with diabetes medications, inconsistent product quality, and a lack of standardized dosages in herbal supplements. Patients with diabetes should inform their healthcare providers about any CAM therapies they are considering and seek guidance on their safe incorporation into their overall treatment plan.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is another condition where CAM therapies have been explored. Practices like meditation, yoga, and relaxation techniques can help reduce stress and contribute to blood pressure management. Dietary supplements, such as coenzyme Q10 and garlic, have also been investigated for their potential antihypertensive effects. While some individuals may find benefit from these approaches, they should not replace prescribed antihypertensive medications. Additionally, herbal supplements and dietary changes can interact with medications or have unintended side effects, making it essential for individuals with hypertension to consult their healthcare professionals before integrating CAM therapies into their treatment plan.
In conclusion, Holistic care considers the whole person, including mental, emotional, and social aspects, and can be a valuable approach in healthcare. Allopathic medicine, on the other hand, primarily focuses on the physical aspects of illness and employs drugs and surgery for treatment. Both approaches have their merits and demerits. Personally, there wouldn’t be a conflict in supporting a patient’s choice of holistic or allopathic medicine as long as the chosen method is evidence-based, safe, and suitable for the patient’s condition, and the decision is made in consultation with a healthcare professional.
References:
1)National Cancer Institute. (2021). Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
2)American Diabetes Association. (2020). Lifestyle Management: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes—2020.
3)Brook, R. D., Appel, L. J., Rubenfire, M., Ogedegbe, G., Bisognano, J. D., Elliott, W. J., … & Rajagopalan, S. (2021). Beyond medications and diet: alternative approaches to lowering blood pressure: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Hypertension, 57(6), 1360-1383.

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