identify and critically evaluate the current issues relevant to the use of traditional knowledge and scientific research within Western herbal medicine practice

Assignment three

Essay equivalent to 3500 words.

Within an essay clearly identify and critically evaluate the current issues relevant to the use of traditional knowledge and scientific research within Western herbal medicine practice. Correlate this to four examples of recent research that exemplify these issues (contained in the attached information as example 1 example 2 example 3 and example 4). Propose ways that traditional and scientific herbal medicine knowledge can be amalgamated for application to patient cases in clinical practice, and discuss the model validity of your proposal. Substantiate your work.

Assignment 3 preparation

Assignment one contains the single component of an essay. Following are two tips to help you succeed in this assignment task.

  1. Think carefully about how you want to structure your essay, and ensure you address the marking criteria guidelines. Your chosen case may require some research for you, and this is to be expected. The idea with this assessment task is for you to become clearer about the ways various types of evidence can be applied to the clinical context.
  2. It is perfectly permissible to challenge the content discussed up to this point. At postgraduate level it is your ability to structure and critically discuss an argument that begins to gain priority. Therefore, it is not necessary for you to agree with any aspect of this material. Whichever position you take, it is essential your work is substantiated and coherent.

 

Unit overview

Unit description:

The unit examines the application of traditional and evidence-based knowledge to clinical herbal medicine practice. Students will investigate, analyse and synthesise varying types of evidence and discuss the role of these within professional practice. This learning is extended through critical evaluation of research methods for whole systems of healthcare such as Western herbal medicine.

Required texts are:

  • Bone, K., & Mills, S. (2013). Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy(2nd ed.). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Greenhalgh, T. (2014). How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-Based Medicine(5th ed.). London: Wiley Blackwell.
  • Lewith, G., Jonas, W., & Walach, H. (Eds.). (2010). Clinical Research in Complementary Therapies: Principles, Problems and Solutions(2nd ed.). London: Churchill Livingstone.

Recommended texts:

  • Schultes, R., & Reis, v. R. (Eds.). (1995). Ethnobotany: Evolution of a Discipline (2nd). Portland: Timber Press.
  • Adams, J. (Ed.). (2007). Researching Complementary and Alternative Medicine. London: Routledge.
  • Jadad, A., & Enkin, M. (2007). Randomized Controlled Trials: Questions, Answers and Musings (2nd ed.). Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
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