NAT 504

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Pathology & Protocols Online


This graduate course focuses on principles of complementary and alternative therapies in relation to diseases of specific body systems. The varied techniques and modalities that a CAM practitioner employs are covered such as aromatherapy, homeopathy, dynamic phytotherapy, herbal medicine, dietary supplements, reflexology, cell salts, color therapy, nutrition and lifestyle changes. Studies show that anywhere up to 42% of the American population use CAM protocols on a regular basis. As such, anyone working in the health care industry, whether as a practitioner, scholar, educator, and advocate, needs to broaden their education to include evidence-based CAM. 

It is important to remember that the desired outcome of any holistic health or CAM protocol to increase the natural vitality of the client and bring the system back into balance. The student will examine the belief fundamental to CAM that the human body contains a strong power to heal itself, which is also known as vital energy or vitalism. While examining this belief, students also look at how the CAM practitioner is able to stimulate this power by educating each client in how to maintain health once it is achieved, increasing vitality and building up one’s resistance through improved nutrition and a harmonious lifestyle.

Learning Outcomes

  • A strong theoretical understanding of underlying principles of holistic health and CAM, including the role of vitalism in CAM and principles of CAM to enhance holistic protocol skills in clinical practice, health care education programs, or retail environments.

  • A solid knowledge base of various CAM protocols, with the capacity to distinguish, compare, and contrast allopathic and various holistic protocols and modalities and other relevant concepts, as measured by essay and objective examinations and application to case studies.

  • The ability to differentiate, compare, and contrast various pathological processes and diagnoses from allopathic medical perspectives, with the capacity to critically assess when to refer CAM clients to allopathic physicians, as measured by students' performance on essay and objective examinations and application of principles to case studies.

  • The theoretical knowledge of the steps required to function as unlicensed Complementary and Alternative practitioner under the Health Freedom Acts of California or Minnesota, including credentialing: educational training requirements (hours/credits), for professional memberships.

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Nat 504 Practical Lab kit:

  • Capsule Machine with tamper size “00”
  • Vegi capsules 100qty
  • (2) 1oz herbs that may vary depending on availability
  • (14) 1 oz herbs that you will use to make teas and infusions and other herb practicals, herbs will change based on availability.
  • (5) 5ml bottles of these essential oils: Lemon Citrus limonum, (2) 1 oz herbs that may vary depending on availability
  • 5 ml bottles of the following Certified Organic essential oils: Lemon Citrus limonum, Grapefruit Citrus paradisi, Sweet orange Citrus sinensis, Lavender Lavandula angustifolia, Eucalyptus Eucalyptus globulus, Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis, Tea Tree Australia Melaleuca alternifolia, Juniper Berry Juniperus communis, Ginger Zingiber officinale, Clove Bud Syzygium aromaticum
  • 2 oz ml sweet almond oil (1)
  • 25 ml glass beaker with stirring rod (1)
  • Disposable pipettes (6)
  • 2 oz plastic spray bottles (2)
  • 1 ml bottles for blend storage (3)
  • 1 ml roll-on bottles (3)
  • Nasal Inhaler
  • Essential Oil Fragrance Description Chart and two recipes
  • Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR)

Required Textbooks: 

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Last updated 8/21/20

None – Prior or concurrent anatomy & physiology training is recommended

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Admissions Requirements:

Candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree or higher from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education. Candidates must submit official transcripts directly from the issuing institution along with one professional letter of recommendation. All applicants must be recommended for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.

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