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Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This course is intended to introduce pharmacy students to the concept of complementary medicine and the different types of complementary therapies commonly used by patients and recognized by international health authorities with emphasis on modern herbal and integrative medicine.

Lectures will focus on the concept of homeopathy, aromatherapy, medical herbalism, ayurvedic medicine, chiropractic, reflexology and traditional Chinese medicine including acupuncture and Chinese traditional herbal medicine.

Lectures rely on factual information to impart an understanding of the theory, principle, indication, safety, major side effects, precaution, contraindications and efficacy and drug-natural product interactions. References for information on the use of CAM are discussed alongside the pharmacist role and patient counselling.