Furthermore, the chosen definition recognizes that the definition of conventional” medicine will vary from time to time and from country to country, it does not presume that proven practices will be adopted, and it allows CAM to be evaluated over time.
Researchers’ and medical doctors proved that Karlovy Vary healing mineral water restores normal acid-alkaline balance, enhances functions of liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and colon, promotes growth of the friendly intestinal flora, decreases inflammation, and normalizes stool.
It is the sum total of the knowledge, skill, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures, whether explicable or not, used in the maintenance of health as well as in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness.
Phillip saw himself as setting an example for patient awareness, because: who is going to listen to a doctor who is overweight, smoking cigarettes, and having a martini at lunch time, and telling you that you need to eat right and exercise, obviously.” Phillip gave examples of thyroid diagnoses, where the typical allopathic approach is to receive synthetic T4, which, according to Phillip is problematic: for one, that synthetic T4 has to be converted by the body into T3,” as opposed to his approach to: high potency thyroid or an iodine-high diet supplement,” and then, test them again in 2 to 3 months to see whether or not that has helped in TSH levels to come down.” If they did not, Phillip sought to educate patients and refer them to an endocrinologist in this town, who will prescribe bio-identical hormones.” Phillip’s discourse illustrates his ability to successfully network with biomedical colleagues such as neurosurgeons and endocrinologists.
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a broad domain of resources that encompasses health systems, modalities, and practices and their accompanying theories and beliefs, other than those intrinsic to the dominant health system of a particular society or culture in a given historical period.
Alice felt essential oils were calming, but she steered away from not going as far as integrating that into my practice, because…that came too close to medicine.” CAM practitioners’ discourse revealed the competing tensions characterizing credentialing and licensure among healthcare professions in medicine: you really have to become a neurologist, to really study herbs, and know what you are doing, because you could actually do harm if you are not careful” (Alice).
The goal of this study is to understand how CAM providers position their knowledge and practice of holistic health within the healthcare landscape in the US. In-depth Shamanism interviews with CAM providers (N = 17) sampled from practices in the mid-Atlantic region of the US were analyzed for provider descriptions of holistic health.
For Madison, an aerial yoga instructor, balance in the connection between the biological and sociocultural environment and the individual’s energy was important: if you can transcend the flesh and connect to energy,” according to Madison: if someone can use their energy for healing for someone, just like a counselor in a room, she’s calming her energy down to help.” For Karl, an acupuncturist, lifestyle and exercise were important components in holistic healing because that’s mentally and physically…the way they deal with stress…the pain.” At the same time, for Karl: if you(‘re) coming to me with lower back, I’m going to focus on your lower back…I’m not going to ask what have you eaten since Monday, because…I don’t want to get into that.” Karl’s discourse illustrates that although the sociocultural context was important to the treatment, he felt his qualifications precluded him from addressing those aspects in his treatment of the patient’s condition.
For example, in People v. Amber, an acupuncturist argued that the statutory prohibition on unlicensed practice of medicine” referred only to Western allopathic medicine” and did not encompass systems such as Chinese acupuncture, which differs in its philosophy, practice and technique” 4. The court disagreed, holding that any ‘sizing up’ or a comprehending of the physical or mental status of a patient” constitutes diagnosis, which is part of the practice of medicine 5. Similarly, other cases involved prosecutions of practitioners of modalities such as hands-on healing 6, iridology 7, and homeopathy 8. In each case, courts interpreted statutory terms such as diagnosis” and treatment” broadly.