Conventional or alternative medicine
Uploaded by ibhigher on May 27, 2006
Medicine is a branch of science that is concerned with maintaining people’s health in a stable, positive state at a particular environment. Medicine has helped patients to battle viruses, bacterial diseases in order to live longer. It has diminished fatal diseases that have wiped out vast civilizations and it continues to progress in its efficiency in saving people. Within this context, there are two main branches of medicine that are familiar today, namely conventional and alternative medicine. Conventional medicine is organized around the theory of Diseases while alternative medicine are systems of healing that are ancient or modern, and share one common characteristic which separates them from conventional.
Conventional medicine is most commonly known as antibiotics. However, it can also used in critical situations, such as surgeries for the malignant cancer disease. It requires a high level of understanding in medicine studied in higher level education. In order to receive conventional medicine treatment, prescriptions are required from those qualified people that carry medical diplomas. It often offers a patient to feel considerably better in short periods of time, as thousands of chemical reactions take place in the body. However, conventional medicine can cause controversial effects if careless amounts are taken into the body. With that thought, for some people alternative medicine is used as a primary option.
Many would argue that utilizing alternative medication is a much wiser decision. It often is a slow treatment that may work with in a certain time period such as physiotherapy. In order for the effects to show, one must be patient and pursue this treatment. A wide range of people would agree that alternative medication can only cure problems to a limited level. It is rather difficult to interpret alternative medicine as a very “effective” treatment as it works for some people and for others it may just be mumbo jumbo. However, one must consider that every individual has slightly different bodies. Hence, it is realistic to state that not every treatment works on everyone.
However, with all this criticism these two unique and differentiated methods share one universal fact. Without discovery neither method would subsist therefore both methods work/worked in a particular time period/place and have shown to be effective regardless of its speed to cure. Hence, because of rapid discoveries unveiled it may be very hard to show favoritism to each of these methods as life expectancy is rapidly rising.