There are two ways to get treatment for when we’re sick- traditional, or otherwise known as alternative medicine, and conventional medicine.
Conventional, or modern medicine is what most of us would know. Today, modern medicine is practiced at local clinics, hospitals and health care systems. Symptoms of a health condition are addressed by surgery or synthetic drugs, and the doctor usually focuses on one organ to try and cure it.
Modern medicine is based on trials, experiments and research and is often the preferred method of people when they’re afflicted with a disease. When faced with simple problems, such as back pain, headache or wounds individuals will usually rely on modern medicine.
Traditional medicine is often referred to as ‘holistic’ medicine as it focuses on the whole body rather than just the symptoms. Examples include chiropractic care, homeopathic care, acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine and others.
It can be difficult for a person who’s had modern medicine all their lives to transition to alternative medicine, mostly because of biases or opinions of the big pharma companies.
In traditional medicine, only natural solutions are offered. The most basic example is a headache- in modern medicine, you’re given painkillers such as ibuprofen, aspirin or analgesic, while alternative medicine takes a look at why you’re experiencing it. In some cases you may be hydrated and just need a drink of water, while in some you can take natural kratom to try and ease the pain.
Conventional vs Alternative Medicine
Alternative medicine is more cost-effective as you’ll be choosing natural remedies to treat the condition. Modern medicine is more accessible and readily available to most of the world population. There’s no shortage of hospitals, clinics or healthcare physicians in doctors in a city.
As the world is becoming aware of their choices some healthcare experts have begun practicing both alternative and modern medicine at the same time.