CAM therapy (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) uses nontraditional forms of healthcare to patients. Treatments fall beyond conventional medicine, and often have yet to receive validation using scientific methods. However, despite a lack wide acceptance, CAM should have its place within hospitals around the world.
Some examples of CAM therapy include:
- Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Herbal Medicine
- Tai Chi
- Qi GQong
- Therapeutic Touch
Incorporating these treatments into traditional healthcare systems can provide many benefits to patients. In today’s article, I’d like to share some of the ways that hospitals can improve their care by offering these therapies.
CAM Therapy Brings Calm in a Stressful Situation
Depression, bodily pain and decreased vitality are all potential threats to hospitalized patients. Dealing with these things through traditional medicine is often quite difficult. Many complementary and alternative medicine treatments support stress reduction, such as:
- Herbal Therapy
- Energy Healing
No one likes the anxiety of facing a risky procedure. Not knowing how things will turn out increases stress levels, which can ultimately lead to complications. By allowing CAM therapy options, patients can feel more calm and peace while going through conventional treatment. Reducing stress and anxiety leads to better health and overall vitality.
This is a win-win for everyone involved, including the hospitals.
Offer Support Where Traditional Medicine Has Failed
Sometimes conventional medicine doesn’t provide the needed results. It happens all the time, and patients are left struggling and without hope. While CAM therapy can’t offer a magic pill that heals terminal illnesses, there are things it can do to provide comfort and relief.
In fact, we heard from how Christine Walker is providing holistic cancer treatment to help patients cope and find deeper meaning. These sort of options aren’t found in the realm of conventional treatment, but can provide immense value to patients.
We all deserve hope, comfort and relief.
When hospitals give rights for CAM therapy providers to work with patients, they can finally find some peace. And everyone deserves to find that.
Encourage Patients’ Self-Healing Powers
Many healthcare institutions refuse to acknowledge complementary and alternative medicine because it lack scientific evidence. While that’s understandable, ignoring that which you cannot measure limits us.
There was a time when science couldn’t explain the stars, but it didn’t keep astrologers from using them to measure the days, seasons and tides.
By using CAM therapy, we’re allowing patients to take advantage of mind-body techniques. Likewise, the concept of hope and the power of the mind encourages patients to harness their own self-healing powers. And just because we can’t yet measure it with the metrics of conventional medicine doesn’t invalidate the results it may bring patients.
Provide a Holistic View of Healing, Prevention and Recovery
In medicine, physicians are encouraged to choose a specialty and stick with it. Orthopedics, Neurology, Cardiology… It’s a divide and conquer mindset.
While there are certainly benefits of a specialized physician, this approach can also limit the ability to understand the underlying causes of illness. However, the holistic approach to medicine that CAM therapy offers allows us to look at the bigger picture.
In turn, we’re able to see a wider view of what it means for healing, prevention and recovery.
Hospitals that start incorporating CAM therapy into their treatment options can see these benefits and many others just like them. It’s our hope to see more healthcare facilities supporting these therapy options, and we’re committed to helping make that a reality.
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