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Five Categories Of Complementary And Alternative Medicine (cam)

In the United States there is an organization called the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, also known as NCCAM. This organization is a government agency and its job is to explore practices of CAM every way. They do the research, train the researchers and release information to the professionals and to the public.

This organization of course knows about all different sorts of CAM and knows how lost someone can be when searching for treatment and therefore the organizations has taken the liberty of classifying these types within five different categories. This helps the common people to distinguish one type from another and helps to keep the oversight.

First there are the Alternative Medical Systems. These are complete systems of practice and theory. Usually these systems have been evolving earlier and apart from conventional medicine. Enlisted within this category are acupuncture, ayurveda, homeopathy, naturopathic medicine, Native American healing practices, Chinese medicine and Tibetan medicine.

The second category consist of mind-body interventions. These use a wide range of different techniques to increase the capacity of the mind to have an effect on the functions of the body and symptoms of complaints. Some of these treatments have actually evolved to mainstream treatments like cognitive-behavioral therapy and patient support groups.

The third category is the one of Biologically Based Therapies. The treatments are using natural found substances for treatments, like food, vitamins and herbs. Examples of treatments are diets, herbal products, megavitamins and dietary supplements.

In the fourth category we have Manipulative and Body-Based Methods. The treatments are based on the movement and/or manipulation of one or multiple bodyparts. Examples for these treatments are acupressure, chiropractic, Feldenkrais method, Alexander technique, osteopathy, rolfing, Trager approach, massage therapy, reflexology and therapeutic touch.

Striking in this category is that massage therapy and chiropractic are enlisted. These are treatments which have been generally accepted for years and have evolved from alternative treatments to regular treatments.

In the fifth and last category we find the energy therapies. This form of treatment have everything to do with using energy fields. Within this category there are two subcategories. Biofield therapies, these treatments mean to have an effect on the energy fields surrounding and penetrating the body. The presence of these fields have no scientific proof.

Examples in this subcategory would be Qi gong, Therapeutic touch and reiki. Second in this subcategory is the bio-electromagnetic-based therapies which are using electromagnetic fields for treatments. Examples for these treatments are magnetic fields, pulsed fields and alternating current or direct-current fields.

Knowing there has been made an effort to divide the treatments into categories, it shows that the United States Government is taking CAM more and more seriously. It is nice to know that investments are being made for the research on healthcare other than chemical based treatments.

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Ready to Burst a Blood Vessel? Five Pointers to Reducing High Blood Pressure

Are you liable to hypertension? You know, the high blood pressure thing, with “headaches, fatigue, dizziness, blurred vision, facial flushing, transient insomnia or difficulty sleeping due to feeling hot or flushed…” as the Wikipedia article reports. One in five of us could be facing hypertension, with no reliable way of knowing who’s at risk till a blood pressure test says you’ve got it. Worried? Then there’s some good advice for you just released.

At a recent medical conference on hypertension, the results of a medical trial were explained. A group of patients with ‘treatment-resistant’ hypertension (ie, they couldn’t get rid of it) were put alternately on high salt and low salt diets. The results were remarkable. Just by reducing their salt intake, they achieved almost immediate seriously good reductions in the all-important systolic blood pressure reading.

Good Advice

So what ought we to learn from this? First, if you know that you’re not one of the 1 in 5 liable to hypertension, you can stop reading here. But how do you know that? No-one’s invented a reliable predictive test yet! So you’d better assume that you might get hypertension some time in the future, if you don’t have it already.

To lessen your risk, the hypertension study shows that even with chronic sufferers, the most sensible precaution is to reduce your salt intake.

Here are five pointers to reducing salt intake reliably and painlessly:

Salt is addictive. So you might have found that over the years, you’ve added more and more to your food. There’s no need, though. It’s just a dangerous indulgence. Don’t forget that, and wean yourself off added salt
Your actual need for salt is very low. On any usual Western or Eastern diet, it’s impossible to get too little salt. So you can reduce your salt intake even to silly low limits without any health risk. The only exception is a temporary one — when you’re sweating gallons (eg, steam engine coal stoker, marathon runner), in which case you should add a pinch to each extra litre of water you drink.
ANY added salt is unneccessary. So don’t. Just eat the salt that’s already in your food.
Almost all commercial meals, snacks and drinks have way too much added salt . As far as hypertension is concerned, you’ll have to avoid them all, unless the salt/sodium content on the label says ‘trace’ or under 0.2%.
You excrete salt very quickly. So an occasional meal with a salty ingredient is OK unless your doctor says otherwise. Say, twice a week at most. I’m thinking here of salt meat and fish (including bacon and ham), salty sauces and condiments like soy sauce, and any ready meal.

Painlessly? Well, you will have to re-educate your palate to regard low-salt foods as normal — which it is. You can either choose to do it right off, or wean yourself off salt addiction slowly. Of course, you may be happy to be addicted — in which case, why are you reading this article?

I took the quick way, and it worked fine. Now I eat salty food only on occasion, and I don’t get any craving to eat more. In fact, really salty food now gags me. As it should.

My previous article on Salt and Health will give you more help. The Reuters story (http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSCOL97079020080919) that prompted me to write can also tell you more. The link to the conference site is now removed, but a web trawl should find it.

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