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The National Institute of Health (NIH) has a division named the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. They define alternative medical systems as diverse medical and health care systems, treatments, and products that are outside of today’s Western medicine. These systems have often been in place for thousands of years, and much of what we use today in Western medicine has a basis in these traditional practices. These health care practices are often added to self-care of many Americans and might include using acupuncture, herbs, diet, prayer or meditation, or exercise. Some of these practices have research to support their use, and integrating them into health and self-care can have a positive effect on health. Others, however, can be dangerous when mixed with Western medicine. For example, some herbs can interact with necessary medications. This week, you will be examining practices in one of these medical systems, and presenting evidence-based strategies to improve health. To prepare: Select a cardiovascular disease (e.g., arteriosclerosis) to discuss for this Assignment. Research reputable sources on the Internet to review evidence-based approaches to how the disease, you selected, is prevented or treated in cultures other than your own. Select a medical system (such as, traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, Ayurvedic medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy, Native American Indian, or Australian Aboriginal, etc.), and examine the cultural beliefs of this system of healing. For example, American Indians used the aronia berry (choke berries) to heal disease. Write a 4-page paper in which you: Describe the medical system you selected. Provide evidence for at least two practices or interventions that might be integrated into western medicine in the prevention and treatment of the disease you selected. Support your paper with specific citations and references to all resources used in its preparation. Be sure to follow APA guidelines for formatting and documenting sources. Use sources not more than 5 years old.

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