Because our bodies are composed of chemical and physical reactions, holistic practitioners affirm that illness is not directly caused by pathogens such as viruses or bacterium; instead is the consequence of the body’s reaction (in an effort to shield and heal itself) to a pathogen. Seven years later, that office expanded into the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), with a $50 million budget dedicated to studying just about every treatment that didn’t involve pharmaceuticals or surgery—traditional systems like Ayurveda and acupuncture along with more esoteric things like homeopathy and energy healing.
The Specific Expectations section contains content that is applicable to three physician roles: physicians who practise CAM, either as the primary focus of their practice, or in addition to conventional medicine; physicians who practise conventional medicine only, but whose patients pursue CAM; and physicians, regardless of the nature of their practice, who wish to form professional affiliations with CAM clinics, therapies, or devices.
Although many Doctors let go of what they considered to be outdated treatments such as homeopathy, herbalism and traditional Chinese Medicine many patients still sort them out, especially when conventional medicine didn’t appear to be working for them.
Several medical schools have already utilized this Internetbased fellowship as part of an effort to educate their faculty in integrative medicine with the intention of bringing this perspective back to their home professional environments after training is completed.
The answers to the preceding questions reveal why traditional Chinese medicine has been so difficult to learn and to practice well, why it is frequently misunderstood even by many of its advocates, and why clinical researchers, confused by the conflicting opinions of even experts and scholars, rarely acknowledge the fundamental questions that should define the framework for any meaningful research.