There is a simple reason why alternative medicine and healing is preferred by people in countries where alternative medicine is allowed to be practiced.
1. Time to listen
Living in a small village where everyone knows each other can be very convenient, as if there is a problem most people will be aware of it as it can not be easily hidden.
Village people trust each other and if you get sick one day you go to a person that you already know and trust.
The alternative healer in a village is not a foreigner and it feels easier to talk and explain what is wrong with yourself. In a traditional village most people are related to each other anyway and you do not have to look for a far away person treating you.
There is not only one person acting as a healer in a village, usually you have a certain person who is specialized in a certain illness or disease.
The traditional healer will spend time listening to their patients, as time is not an issue, the healer will be able to diagnose the patient more accurately. There is a great advantage that the healer knows both you and your family with all good and bad sides that could influence your disease. The doctor does not need to get to know you and your background.
Much time is spent on dealing with the social reasons for the illness.
2. No Separation
If you live in a village all your life, the last thing you want to do is to be separated from the people you know, love and trust.
Taking you to a hospital would mean talking to doctors and people you never met before and who has no idea about your background and problems.
How on earth can you explain to them what is going on with yourself in just a few minutes. It would also be a disaster to stay in a hospital bed without the comfort of your family and friends.
3. The Belief in Success.
The traditional healer believe that his / her healing power is a gift of God and therefore takes their gift very seriously. They believe strongly that their treatments and remedies will bring the desired effects.
This confidence by the healer will also make the patient confident in being healed which is an important factor in any healing process.
The traditional healer is never doing the healing for money. The person being healed will bring the healer gifts in other forms during and after a successful healing has been done.
The question is, what is alternative complementary medicine. Is the western medicine complementary to the traditional medicine of the other way around.
With this said, there are many times that the western medicine works fantastic in combination with alternative complementary medicine and an open mind for both are greatly needed by any healer or doctor.