Friday, December 18, 2009

Professionalism in CAM: education

To further my previous blog,
Professionalism in CAM : Image
in order to adapt to the current established system here in the West, professionalism should start in the education of any CAM discipline.
Certainly through the quality and standards in the technique itself.
In order to fit here in the established society in the West, for the practitioner to stay level with his clients and collegues and to enable a flow of communication, a basic understanding of anatomical and medical terms needs to be included in the education of a CAM practitioner.
Thus "extra-disciplinary" subjects like anatomy and physio-pathology need to be rather "inter-disciplinary". Approached and implemented from the disciplinary side, well understood. No need to make it a 2 year training.

CAM carries the term complimentary. Hence in order to be such, touching frontiers between various fields needs to be there. A puzzle works only if the pieces have borders in common. Being a practitioner of a complimentary medicine includes the capability to put the pieces of the puzzle together. A basic knowledge of the biochemistry inside the human body and mind is part of it.
No matter whether we approach the well-being of our client from an Ayurvedic, TCM, or other way: it shall always manifest inside his body & mind, influencing his hormonal / emotional balance as much as flesh & bones.

No, this does not mean to adhere to the same principles.
Yet this allows to communicate in a common language.

All this to build on what makes CAM powerful : the capability to synthesize from a multi-point of view to reach a large picture of the patient without neglectig details. Trying rather to include than to exclude.

Survival of the fittest, not the strongest. Who adapts best, not forces most. From a multilevel perspective.

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