Should You Choose Allopathic Medicine as Your Only Treatment Option?
Allopathic Medicine is probably the most commonplace medicine in the Western world. Also known as Western medicine, or conventional medicine, it has been defined as “a system of medical practice that aims to combat disease by use of remedies (as drugs or surgery) producing effects different from or incompatible with those produced by the disease being treated.”
Many allopathic doctors have looked down on their homoeopathic or alternative counterparts over the years. However, there has been a distinct move toward homoeopathic and integrative (or complementary) medicine which aims to provide the best care by taking the best from each form of medicine.
Is Allopathic medicine the Right Choice for Me?
Our medical choices remain ours alone, and our choice of treatments should be based on sound research and solid information. As with most things in life, there is no one-size-fits-all solution, and we should realise that an extremist view is never healthy.
For example, if your appendix is about to burst, allopathic medicine practitioners are likely to rush you to the emergency room and take it out, and most alternative doctors would agree. However, on the other side of the coin, history has given us some dark examples of conventional therapies which have proven not only harmful but deadly. And even today, allopathic medicine can do nothing for the common cold.
However, homoeopathy offers gentle remedies which focus on the cause and not the symptom. Where a general practitioner may offer anti-diarrheal pills and painkillers, a homoeopath is more likely to explore leaky gut syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease, perhaps offering suggested changes in diet and exploring potential food allergens.
Alternative Medicine in all its Forms
Alternative medicine does not lie only within herbs and flower remedies but extends to other fascinating areas which are all proving beneficial in one way or another. For example:
- Music therapy
- Massage therapy
- Chiropractic medicine
- Thai Chi
If you have questions about treatment options available to you – allopathic medicine included – we encourage you to chat with Dr Sanua who has decades of experience in many areas of medicine and will be happy to assist.