2004, Number 3
Rev Med Inst Mex Seguro Soc 2004; 42 (3)
Use of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. Skepticism with Regard to Western Medicine
Muñoz HO, Durán AL
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During a long time, debate has remained in relative silence concerning what complementary or alternative medicine can offer to the practice of what has been called Western or conventional medicine. In this article, we explored three aspects: the vision of Western medicine with regard to Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM); the vision of the participation of CAM in the future of medicine, and the place that CAM could have in health services offered within social security institutions. Discussion of these aspects and their extrapolation to the situation of our social security systems in Mexico within the context of the economic pressure that we face led to a search for cost-effective alternatives to allow us to fulfill our mission to provide the insured population with good quality health services. We consider it necessary to establish institutional policies on the following aspects: inclusion in medical school curricula of com-plementary and alternative medicine therapies; incorporation of CAM-proven effective therapies; establishment of mechanisms so that CAM therapies can be introduced within the practice of conventional medicine, and the need to convince the user population to inform physicians on utilization they made of CAM therapies.
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