HLTH 126 Introduction to Holistic and Complementary Health

Holistic Perspectives HLTH 126:

Introduction to Holistic and Complementary Health is a general education course designed to assist students in the development of critical life skills. One of the goals of this assignment is to assess student competence for each of these objectives: • Written and Oral Communication—explain the philosophical foundations and practices of traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine OR explain the origin and principles of homeopathy OR explain how naturopathy offers a model for holistic living; AND explain the purposes and possible social impacts of holistic practices on well-being. CCO objectives 7, 8, 10, and 14 • Critical Analysis and Reasoning— examine and engage in various mind, body, and spirit health care practices as well as their social political constructs and group identities that enhance holistic well-being; and describe the significance of stress in relationship to the development of chronic disease and immune system response. CCO objectives 2 and 4 • Information Literacy— access, evaluate, utilize, and document holistic health products and services information found in media, print and via technological resources. CCO objective 19 • Local and Global Diversity— investigate global perspectives of well-being, healing and holism; and identify powerful social, political, and cultural forces that have served to marginalize Eastern or holistic health care. CCO objectives 1 and 23 • Personal and Professional Ethics—demonstrate personal responsibility, self-care, and self-reflection in the practice of holistic health methods and discuss the impact chemicals and pharmaceuticals have on our bodies and in our environment. CCO objectives 16 and 18 Assignment Purpose: Through this culminating assignment students review, reflect on, and personalize information and concepts from the course. Students apply a relevant holistic practice to their own life and compare it to an allopathic practice; and discuss general access to holistic health care in the US. Assignment Audience: The target audience includes the instructor, students of holistic health and anyone in the general population who has an interest in learning about holistic health.

Assignment Instructions:

1. Choose one of the following complementary/alternative medical (CAM) systems: Traditional Chinese Medicine or Ayurvea. For the system you have chosen, develop an introduction that provides an overview of the system’s beliefs, philosophy, and principles. b. Describe how the system and its therapies represent a holistic approach to health (Minimum of 5 holistic characteristics) c. Identify and explain a minimum of five assessment or diagnostic techniques that guide treatment in the system.

2. Choose a specific therapy used in the system you selected in step one. Then, explain why you would choose it and how it would support YOUR personal well-being of mind, body and spirit, including stress reduction.

3. Compare and contrast the therapy you selected to an allopathic therapy that might be utilized for a similar purpose. Consider both benefits and drawbacks of each therapy, making sure to include side effects if applicable.

4. Discuss access to the use of CAM therapy in the US. Briefly explain three barriers or inequities that limit access.

5. What would be needed in our current health care system (include both additions and eliminations) in order to make these therapies more accessible to those who wish to use them.


• This paper should be a minimum of four (4) pages, typed, Times New Roman 12 point font. It should be double-spaced, with 1” margins. Please do not include graphics. A reference page or title page should not be included in a page count. • Use APA style format for documenting your sources both in your text and in your Reference Page. • A minimum of four (4) sources are required. One of those sources may be your textbook; if you choose to use the textbook, it must be cited in the text and in the reference page as you would any other source. Evaluate all sources for relevance, authority, and currency. The book is invitation to Holistic Health fourth edition

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