Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Ethics, the Patient, by Lois Snyder

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Napropathy emphasizes health restoration and maintenance as well as disease prevention. Today, naprapaths see a broader range of conditions than say, for example, chiropractors or massage therapists. They treat such problems as anxiety, depression, fatigue, skin conditions, and menopausal symptoms (20). There are six fundamental principles of napropathy, which will appear similar to other systems of health care: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. The healing power of nature. Identification and treatment of the cause of the disease.

History and Definitions of CAM 13 50% used CAM because they felt that their prescription medications were ineffective. The most commonly used approaches were chiropractic (73%) and spiritual healers (75%). Half of the patients in this survey also used mega-dose vitamins or herbal preparations (10). Eisenberg et al. surveyed 831 patients who saw both a CAM practitioner and a conventional medicine practitioner, with 79% seeing the combination as superior (11). Nearly 75% typically saw their conventional medicine physician prior to the CAM practitioner.

Visits to chiropractors and massage therapists alone account for approx 50% of all visits to CAM practitioners (7). Common principles among these therapies are the beliefs that the human body is self-regulating, all aspects are interrelated, and the body is capable of healing itself. Many of these types of techniques, although not widely accepted by conventional medicine, are more easily understood by physicians and patients, particu- 32 Carroll larly body manipulation and massage techniques especially when used for isolated “mechanical” problems such as musculoskeletal or back pain.

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