In the past decade there has been stupendous growth in the use of various forms of alternative medicines like acupuncture, aromatherapy and even meditation. The alternative mode of healing has gain several nomenclature and all of them are brought under the umbrella of the common term called the Complementary and Alternative Medicine or CAM. Keeping pace with the improved interest of users in this alternative form of medicine, federal government has made commitments of resources for the study and research through the establishment of the National Institute of Health Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine (NCCAM).
The primary objective of the institute is to research on the practices of healing by the CAM. The endeavor is to create opportunities for studying this rigorous science; transfer information; as well as training for the researchers. Though the interest in the alternative form of medicines has risen, alternative medicine pharmacy or nursing have not gained that proportion. There are numerous factors that have contributed to the lack of interest and some resistance on the part of the mainstream academicians and the practitioners to embrace that.
While there is some effort made by the academicians and the clinicians to determine the subsequent role of the alternative therapies, the students of the mainstream centers have acknowledged the growth as well as the requirement for education and awareness regarding CAM.
Alternative medicine pharmacy is therefore an area with immense potential that might include some collaboration and cooperation from both the sides. Since these are popular forms of medicines in many parts of the world, no doubt these are with adequate merit that needs to be explored.