CAS holds Medical Mission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) under the leadership of the Dean, Dr. Severino G. Alviento, sponsored a Medical Mission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) on October 23, 2015 at the Senior Citizen’s Center, Candon City, Ilocos Sur.

There was a total of 155 senior citizens coming from the different barangays of Candon City who received treatment in the said program.

This extension program was made possible through the joint initiative of the College of Arts and Sciences of North Luzon Philippines State College and the Romarinda College based in the University of Makati. Dr. Hae Deok Lee, President of the Romarinda College Inc. and Director of the Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Dr. Nenita S. Manongsong, Vice President for Academic Affairs and concurrent Department Head of the Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine were the medical practitioners who came all the way to the province to provide services to the senior folks in Candon City.

The President of NLPSC, Dr. Elizabeth M. Gacusana and the City Administrator of Candon, Hon. Grace G. Singson showed their full support in this endeavour with their presence. Faculty members of the College of Arts and Sciences including the clinical instructors and their students helped in facilitating the said medical mission.

Complementary medicine refers to a group of diagnostic and therapeutic disciplines that are used together with conventional medicine. An example of a complementary therapy is using acupuncture in addition to usual care to help lessen a patient’s discomfort following surgery.

Alternative medicine is a variety of therapeutic or preventive health-care practices that are not typically taught or practiced in traditional communities and offer treatments that differ from standard medical practice.

Complementary medicine is different from alternative medicine. Whereas complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine, alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine. An example of alternative therapy is using a special diet to treat cancer instead of undergoing surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy that has been recommended by a physician.

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) can include acupuncture, Alexander technique, aromatherapy, Ayurveda, biofeedback, chiropractic medicine, diet therapy, herbalism, holistic nursing, homeopathy, hynopsis, massage therapy, meditation, naturopathy, nutritional therapy, osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT), Qi gong (internal and external Qigong), reflexology, Reiki, spiritual healing, Tai Chi, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and yoga.

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