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  1. In general, the use of CAM does not imply the rejection of conventional medicine, but as a critical part of self-care management that shows ones responsibility for health and a pragmatic approach to managing the chronic condition in the best possible way
  2. Prescription medication is not always effective and in some instances, it is does not work well enough as the alternative form of treatment
  3. In a study, Tan, Alvarez and Jensen (1422) discovered that hypnosis is more effective on pain treatment in comparison to medication management and even physical therapy
  4. The usage of alternative medicine should be governed by acceptable principles of medicine use that applies across the board
  5. While some of the alternative medications are potentially harmful, others are almost completely safe
  6. As the world becomes more united through globalization and people get more informed through unrestrained flow of information, people are turning to the use of alternative medication from other cultures
  7. The subjugation of alternative cures does not augur well with the health needs of the society

Prescriptions that are made for various health problems under conventional Western medical practice often have alternative interventions that are mainly drawn from traditional methods of treatment in various parts of the world. Remarkably, there are a lot of non medicinal interventions that people have invented to cure diseases and deal with other health conditions in the absence of Western medicine.

[...] The safe complementary use of the treatment together with prescription medicine is critical to avoid side effects that arise due to lack of knowledge. The medical realm can be certainly improved a great deal if alternative treatments are taken with the seriousness they deserve. Works Cited Moses, Geraldine. ?Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in the Elderly.? Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research 35.1 (2005): 63-68. Sarac, Aysegul Jale and Ali Gur. ?Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies in Fibromyalgia.? Current Pharmaceutical Design 47- 57. [...]


[...] While some of the alternative medications are potentially harmful, others are almost completely safe. For instance, massage is a very satisfying therapeutic intervention that is safe. Massage involves the systematic manipulation of soft body tissues for therapeutic purposes and it is used to treat many conditions including injuries and physical problems and to manage stress and tension. The therapy works by influencing various body systems such as blood supply to tissues, removal of toxic wastes from muscles, boosting the immune system, enhancing posture and flexibility, and managing blood pressure (Sarac and Gur 52). [...]


[...] The healthy use of the alternatives depends on the conscious efforts of each stakeholder, ranging from the government, to medical practitioners, to patients. There is need for health professionals to develop knowledge about alternative medicines since patients often look up to them for advice about the risks and benefits of using CAMs for their treatment needs (Mosses 63). Moreover, society in general and the policymakers in particular have to embrace the use of alternative medication to increase the probability of curing various ailments and disorders. [...]


[...] More often than not, people seek alternative treatment to complement medical subscriptions that have not worked to their expectations. The usage of alternative medicine should be governed by acceptable principles of medicine use that applies across the board. In general, the principles of quality use of medicine call for judiciousness, appropriateness, safety, and efficiency. Judiciousness entails using medicine or non-medicinal alternatives only when needed; appropriateness implies choosing the appropriate medication based on factors like the medical condition, potential benefits and risks, treatment period, and cost; safety entails considering any adverse effects that result from overuse or under-use of the therapy; and efficacy means that the therapy must yield beneficial health outcomes (Moses 64). [...]

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