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Alternative medicine versus prescribed medicine � which one is the better option?

The modern generation, as a whole, is more aware of the harmful chemicals that go into your food, household cleaning products and medication (to mention a few) and are becoming a healthier generation because of this. In the area of medicine, we need to start trying to find alternative methods of healing (preferably natural) through alternative medicine as the continuous use of prescribed medication has long term health complications.

 

What is alternative medicine?

Alternative medicine is the healing arts not taught in traditional Western medical schools that promote options to conventional medicine that is taught in these schools. Complementary medicine is different from alternative medicine. Whereas complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine, alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine.

Alternative medicine practices are used instead of standard medical treatments. Alternative medicine is distinct from complementary medicine which is meant to accompany, not to replace, standard medical practices. Alternative medical practices are generally not recognized by the medical community as standard or conventional medical approaches. Alternative medicine includes dietary supplements, mega-dose vitamins, herbal preparations, special teas, massage therapy, magnet therapy and spiritual healing.

 

What are complementary and alternative medicine therapies?

Complementary and alternative medicine therapies fall into five major categories or domains:

  • Alternative medical systems these are built upon complete systems of theory and practice. Often, these systems have evolved apart from and earlier than the conventional medical approach used. Examples of alternative medical systems that have developed in Western cultures include homeopathic medicine and naturopathic medicine. 
  • Mind-body interventions this type of medicine uses a variety of techniques designed to enhance the mind’s capacity to affect bodily function and symptoms. Some techniques have become mainstream (patient support groups and cognitive-behavioral therapy). Other mind-body techniques include meditation, prayer, mental healing and those that use creative outlets such as art, music and dance.
  • Biologically based therapies these are substances found in nature such as herbs, foods and vitamins. Some examples include dietary supplements, herbal products and the use of other so-called natural but as yet scientifically unproven therapies (for example using shark cartilage to treat cancer).
  • Manipulative and body-based methods these methods are based on manipulation and/or movement of one or more parts of the body. Some examples include chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation and massage.
  • Energy therapies these involve the use of energy fields. They are of two types; biofield therapies which affect energy fields that purportedly surround and penetrate the human body (examples include Reiki and Therapeutic Touch) and bioelectromagnetic-based therapies which involves the unconventional use of electromagnetic fields such as pulsed fields and magnetic fields.

Now that you have a basic overview of various alternative medicinal treatments, you will be able to make an informed decision as to what form of medication would suit you better. Alternative medicine or prescribed medicine – make sure that you choose the healthier option.

If you are interested in finding alternative medicine, then you need to contact Dr Alain Sanua. As a doctor in naturopathy and homeopathy, Dr Alain Sanua believes in a holistic approach to medicine. Dr Alain Sanua believes that with a healthy mind and body you need not use prescribed medication. To find out more about the various healing methods on offer through Dr Alain Sanua, visit his website www.dralainsanua.co.za.

 

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