Respond separately to each of the three posts from classmates based on chapter 16. Textbook: https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com/#/books/9781260153460/cfi/6/38!/4/4@0:0 Email: Hayleycraft44 @gmail.com Password: Sonic288* Lea Dato RE: Alternatives to Western Medicine COLLAPSE After reading chapter 16, what I found interesting is that Tai chi is now being used to help people diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder called fibromyalgia. According to Mayo Clinic 2020 “Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain and spinal cord process painful and non painful signals. Symptoms often begin after an event, such as physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event” (p. 1). Tai chi is a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and this slow motion of chinese martial art has proven to relieve chronic symptoms of fibromyalgia and improve quality of life. According to Insel & Roth, et al., 2020 “Tai chi has long been known to offer many benefits, including gains in strength and flexibility, and it has also been shown to be helpful in pain management” (p. 404). I think it is important within the medical community to look beyond conventional westerm medicine. I believe there is truth to holistic medicine where we are focusing on treating the whole person. I think physicians need to be open to alternative medicine instead of where we rely “heavily on surgery and advanced medical technology to discover the physical cause of an individual’s disease and to correct, remove, or destroy it (Insel & Roth, et al, 2020, p. 391). Although I am not against treatments that are deemed necessary such as heart surgery and or chemotherapy for cancer patients. I feel that physicians need to spend time with their patients and include assessments that focus on their physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual health. I believe that in some instances western medicine and holistic medicine can be used together to help treat patients with certain diseases. Patients should be involved in their course of treatment and discuss with their physician if implementing holistic medicine is right for them. I enjoy meditation that allows me to focus on my breathing to relieve my stress. I also practice yoga that enables me to concentrate on each pose and increase my flexibility, balance stamina and strengthens my back muscles to prevent injury. What are your thoughts about holistic medicine? Do you have any techniques that you use to help relieve stress or acute or chronic pain? Reference Insel, C., E., Roth, W., T., & Insel, P., M. (2020). Connect Core Concepts in Health. Edition 16th. McGraw-Hill Education: 2 Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10121. Page 391, 404. Mayo Clinic. (2020). Fibromyalgia. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fibromyalgia/symptoms-causes. Emily Matos Has anyone tried Homeopathy? COLLAPSE After reading this chapter I have become intrigued regarding the efficiency of homeopathy. Insel, Roth and Insel describe homeopathy as, “treating an individual with highly diluted substances intended to trigger the body’s natural system of healing” (401). This type of CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) perplexed me. I simply could not wrap my brain around the concept of “like cures like”. I researched this concept. On the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health website, there is an article titled, “Homeopathy”, that states, “the notion that a disease can be cured by a substance that produces similar symptoms in healthy people” (nccih.nih.gov/health/homeopathy). I further read in this article, “there has been several reviews of the scientific evidence on the effectiveness of homeopathy. The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee said there is no evidence that homeopathy is effective as a treatment for any health condition”. I continued to research a little more. I then realized that I used a form of homeopathy when I was told by a doctor to ingest local honey to cure an extreme case of allergies, when I moved to North Carolina. Believe it or not, it worked! It was like a miracle cure for me. Over the counter allergy medicines did absolutely nothing for me, except made me sleepy. Even though there is opposition for this form of treatment, I can attest that it worked for me. The doctor explained that I needed to allow my body to become familiar with the environment of where I lived and that local honey would accomplish that. Local honey has microdoses of pollens specific to local flora. So, I was eating what was causing me to have allergies. My body eventually adjusted to the new environment and my allergies disappeared! Has anyone else, or know someone, that has tried a form of homeopathy? If yes, what were the results? Jennifer Ianella discussion COLLAPSE Complementary medication incorporates procedures such as acupuncture, herbal medication, massage, support groups, and yoga. In some cases called holistic medicine, complementary medicine ordinarily addresses how infection influences the full individual: physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially. Conventional medication is traditional pharmaceutical that the majority of us are familiar with such as local specialists, clinics, hospitals and pharmacies. It’s the kind of medication the average doctor practices. Which type of medication do you prefer and why?