NAT245 - Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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Subject Title
Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Subject Description
The term complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is used to denote approaches to health that do not rely on drugs, surgery or other conventional medical treatments; but this definition does not express the true scope of complementary and alternative medicine. This course will give students an understanding of the philosophies of complementary and alternative medicine and how it can impact their health and well-being. Students will learn about the mind, body, emotional connection and appreciate how the integration of the parts can create a healthy whole person. Students will also learn that taking more responsibility over their health and well being is a cornerstone of a complementary and alternative medicine approach.

Credit Status
One General Education Credit in the Science and Social Science category

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the similarities and differences between complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and conventional medicine philosophies.
  2. Discuss health and illness from a complementary and alternative medicine perspective.
  3. Identify a variety of complementary and alternative medicine therapies and their relationship to wellness.
  4. Explore complementary and alternative therapies for effectiveness and safety.
  5. Explain how an integrated and patient centred approach to health will benefit the individual and society.
  6. Describe how CAM therapies can contribute in preventative health care and reduce the risk of a variety of diseases, disorders and illnesses.
Please note: This course should not be substituted for the advice and treatment of a physician or other licensed health-care professional, but rather should be considered for educational purposes.

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