Traditional and complementary therapies

Hillman, Elspeth (2016) Traditional and complementary therapies. In: DeLaune, Sue C., Ladner, Patricia K., McTier, Lauren, Tollefson, Joanne, and Lawrence, Joanne, (eds.) Australian and New Zealand Fundamentals of Nursing. Cengage Learning, South Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 715-738.

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[Extract] Each country has developed its own set of medical knowledge based on local cultures and past experiences. As a result, medical concepts and understandings vary significantly between countries. Many people in industrialised societies tend to think of healing in biomedical terms, such as medical, surgical and other technological interventions. However, for many other people, healing is promoted by faith, magic, ritual and other non-biomedical approaches. Globally, traditional medicine (TM) is either the mainstay of health care delivery or complements it (Joralemon, 2010). For millions of people, often living in rural areas of developing countries, herbal medicines, traditional treatments and traditional practitioners are their main - sometimes their only - source of health care (WHO, 2013). TM has a long association with health maintenance and with disease prevention and treatment, particularly chronic disease, and the demand for it is only increasing (WHO, 2013).

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Teaching Material)
ISBN: 978-0-17-035064-8
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