In the year of 2013, the number of new cancer cases was estimated to be approximately 1,660,000, causing the death of approximately 580,000 people in the United States. Across America, both, alternative medicine and traditional medical care is used by men and women. Approximately 50% of Americans have found the use of Alternative Medicine to be more appropriate for them and their families compared to traditional medical care in relation to general medical conditions. A study included in the National Library of Medicine states that 193 patients of a 316 patient study used Complementary Alternative medicine following a cancer diagnosis.
Alternative medicine comes in many different forms including herbal, acupuncture, and massage therapy. Herbal treatments is a form of a dietary supplement that uses natural plants and Herbs as a means of treatment for conditions or illnesses in a natural way. Acupuncture, a form of alternative medicine, provides healing by using needles that contain medicine that targets channels in the body to correct illnesses. Massage therapy targets the tension in an individual’s body and promotes an appropriate healing process for those individuals.
“Complementary and alternative medicine include products such as herbal supplements as well as chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture and meditation”(Late). They both encompass the same care treatments and supplements to provide healing to individuals. Massage therapy is very relaxing and healing in a way that it targets pressure points and releases tension.
“Chinese medicine is a traditional system of medical treatments using a range of drugs derived from animal and vegetable sources and is a widely used method of Alternative Medicine which has been successfully developing for roughly two thousand years since the Chinese did not have a lot of technology and is clinically practiced today” (Issitt).
Chinese medicine is really important to alternative therapy because it has been proven for the last two thousand years that it has been effective by using herbal supplements and acupuncture therapies. Rather than making attempts at avoiding diseases chinese medicine understands the disruptions that come with daily life and develop ways to cope with them.
With science and technology, alternative treatments have become enhanced with producing good effects in people who have chosen alternative therapy instead of conventional medicine. “In recent years medical research has indicated that some alternative therapies produce a positive result in patients”(Issitt).
These positive results can be evident by avoiding surgery or occasionally hazard effects. Having new technology in alternative medicine is very vital because it creates better therapies and it helps produce better results in individuals. Research shows benefits from certain alternative therapies, which doctors describe as “complementary” or “integrative” if used in conjunction with conventional medicine.