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  • edmailer
    From Pharmacotherapy The Psychosocial Aspects of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Jacintha S. Cauffield, Pharm.D., GeM Integrative
    Message 1 of 865 , Jan 6, 2001
      From<br>Pharmacotherapy<br><br>The Psychosocial
      Aspects of Complementary and Alternative
      Medicine<br>Jacintha S. Cauffield, Pharm.D., GeM Integrative
      Pharmacotherapy, Inc., Jupiter,
      Florida<br><br><br>--------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br><br><br>Abstract<br>Approximately one in four persons in the United States uses
      complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Out-of-pocket
      costs of CAM rival medical treatment at $21.2-32.7
      billion versus $29.3 billion, respectively. Users of CAM
      tend to have high incomes and high levels of
      education. They also have medical conditions not easily
      treated by modern medicine such as chronic pain, poor
      mental health, human immunodeficiency virus infection,
      and cancer. The most common therapies are noninvasive
      (acupuncture, chiropractic, massage), however, consumption of
      dietary supplements has grown dramatically. Patients
      often use CAM in addition to modern medicine and are
      reluctant to discuss CAM with their physicians.
      Pharmacists' professional approach to science may bias them
      against CAM therapies. Complementary and alternative
      medicine use should be included in visit histories and
      discussed in an objective, nonjudgmental manner to
      encourage patient disclosure. [Pharmacotherapy
      20(11):1289-1294, 2000. � 2000 Pharmacotherapy Publications,
      Inc.]<br><br><br>--------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br><br><br>Introduction<br>"... science must be understood as a social
      phenomenon, a gutsy, human enterprise, not the work of robots
      programmed to collect pure information."<br><br>Stephen Jay
      Gould, The Mismeasure of Man[1]<br>To say that the use
      of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)
      experienced a dramatic rise over the past decade is an
      understatement. From $94 million in 1990, consumers spent an
      estimated $663 million on medicinal botanicals alone in
      1998.[2] With the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health
      Education Act (DSHEA) in 1994 and the establishment of the
      National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
      (NCCAM) by the National Institutes of Health, the
      prominence and popularity of CAM has skyrocketed. Much of
      CAM's prominence is consumer driven. The patient's
      desire to turn to relatively unproven therapies may seem
      puzzling when rigorously tested alternatives exist. Thus,
      an exploration of the psychosocial issues involved
      with CAM can help to determine which individuals may
      be predisposed to using CAM, which therapies they
      use, and their rationale for using them.
    • bob_and_robin
      Hi Bert, Yes acupuncture has been used for animals for years. I think
      Message 865 of 865 , Jan 31, 2002
        Hi Bert,<br>Yes acupuncture has been used for
        animals for years. I think
        <a href=http://homepage.tinet.ie/~progers/study.htm target=new>http://homepage.tinet.ie/~progers/study.htm</a> may have some info about it. There are also a
        number of books on the subject check also
        www.redwingbooks.com or www.bluepoppy.com (hope those are right).
        Acupuncture is used in many operations in China. There are a
        few tests they run prior to cutting. About 50% can
        use it with success. It is also very good for post
        operative pain, such as tooth extraction. You may also find
        some other links at
        <a href=http://acupuncture.8k.com/acupvil.htm target=new>http://acupuncture.8k.com/acupvil.htm</a><br>this one is one of the best collections of links
        around.<br>Hope this helps,<br>Bob
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