Part of Lesson Plan: Between Two Worlds: Introduction to Cultural and Alternative Medicines
Activity Overview / Details
At this point, students have the basic knowledge about the five areas, but do not know much about the actual treatments, nor whether or not they have the scientific evidence to justify the position that they are a valid and effective therapy.
Divide the class into five groups and assign a category of alternative medicine to them. Students are responsible for researching and creatively presenting their findings to the class (give them a week where this is the only homework they have). Suggested presentation formats could be power point, an informational website, a magazine, informational brochure, documentary film, or iDVD project (please feel free to suggest others!).
The following information must be covered in their presentation:
1. Explain what practices would be encompassed in your area.
2. Detail at least three specific practices within your category.
3. Provide a history of the evolution of your category, include as many regions of the world as is necessary.
4. Is there evidence that the treatments are effective? What can you find to justify this statement? How valid is the evidence you found?
5. What are the advantages and disadvantages of your category in comparison to conventional medicine?
6. Detail various conditions and illnesses that would be treated using your category.
7. What cultural, social, educational, and economic norms might influence people to seek out these therapies?
8. Where in the United States can you find blending or hybridization of conventional and alternative therapies in traditional, comprehensive medical facilities?
Before excusing them to go work collaboratively, review the evaluation rubric tool with the students to ensure that they understand exactly what they are responsible for (Rubric is attached).
Materials / Resource
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration [ Go to Site ] FDA online
- Alternative Health News Online [ Go to Site ] Alternative Health News Online
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine [ Go to Site ] National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
- AllRefer Health [ Go to Site ] Alternative Health Care Website