Alternative Medicine Versus Conventional Medicine

The purpose of this article is not to draw a comparison, but to enlighten people of the health benefits that alternative medicine has to offer over conventional medicine. Most conventional medicine practices aim at addressing a disease or an ailment based on its symptoms. For example, you have a cough or a cold and you pop in a pill.

Comparatively, alternative medicine takes into consideration the body as whole. Right from your eating habits, lifestyle, medical history, your fitness level, etc – are all taken into consideration. Alternative medicine seeks to identify the route cause of the ailment. The objective of the treatment is totally centered towards building the body's healing mechanism and immunity to ward of potential diseases. Disease prevention is an essential part of alternative medicine practices. The focus on holistic living ie improvement in lifestyle, switching to better eating habits, developing a fixed exercise routine stimulate the regenerative ability of your body. This is no rocket science, but the science of building and healing your body the natural way. It is true that alternative medicine practitioners may not be able to treat diseases that have higher levels of complications such as tumors, but it can – at an earlier stage prevent it from forming in the first place.

The use of natural herbs offers a higher safety profile over most conventional medicines. Herbs do need to be taken as per the practitioner's recommendation. It is important to note that herbs do have side effects if they are not taken as prescribed, but their origin from a natural source does mean that they are more compatible with the human body as compared to chemically synthesized drugs.

Even though alternative medicine is backed by fewer number of clinically established trials, it is also important to note that it has extensive documentation spanning centuries of use in ancient herbal texts. The need of the hour is to examine the use of these ancient remedies with a scientific outlook so that we obtain better insights. This will open better treatment avenues for patients.

In conclusion, it is best that we not ignore the benefits of scientifically proven medicine. However, we must seek the use of alternative medicinal practices as a means to complement existing treatment regimes so that a person's overall health is looked at ie a person is treated as a whole rather than just looking at a symptom (a part of the whole problem ).