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Regulatory Issues In CAM

Autor:  nikky  27 September 2012
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Regulatory Issues in CAM

Current regulations for the use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine [CAM] within the United States vary from state to state. The Federal Government regulates dietary supplements through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] and provides some oversight concerning use and safety of CAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine [NCCAM], 2011). Traditional Chinese Medicine, Biofeedback, Aroma Therapy, the Alexander Technique, and Magnetic Therapy are forms of CAM that fall under NCCAM. Potential deficits and adverse outcomes that may occur within the current system include insufficient research as defined by the FDA. Proposals currently under consideration state that the FDA needs to regulate CAM modalities in the same manner as they do for traditional medication. This new program would improve consumer protection by making CAM meet the same rigorous standards as traditional medicine. Obstacles to this new plan for consumers may include an increased difficultly and expense in obtaining CAM products.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine [TCM] dates back 3,000 years. According to Britannica online “Chinese healers seek to restore a dynamic balance between two complementary forces, yin (passive) and yang (active), which pervade the human body as they do the universe as a whole” (NA, 2011, p. 1). Traditional medicine and Fontaine focuses on the breathing part of yin and yang because “oxygen is toxic to viruses, bacteria, yeasts, and parasites in the body and cancer cells find it more difficult to survive in an oxygen-rich environment" (Fontaine, 2005, p. 38). Another example of traditional medicine using TCM is anesthetics. A young surgeon Hua Tuo who helped soldiers during the wars is believed to have discovered anesthetics, his preparation of hemp and wine, alleviated pain in his patients (NA, 2011, Britannica Online p. 4).

Preventive treatment is the basis of TCM because as Britannica Online says actions such “persons who begin to dig a well after they have become thirsty…” is pointless (NA, 2011, Britannica Online p. 3). Included in TCM is acupuncture, herbal remedies, qi (life force, or energy), and numerous other remedies and procedures. In a 1578 publication by Li Shizhen naming 1,892 drugs and 11,000 formal prescriptions shows how massive TCM is (NA, 2011, Britannica Online p. 1).


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