Most developed countries have accepted modern medicine as the cultural and social norm. However, modern medicine carries an extremely high cost coupled with problematic side effects. This has resulted in many people using traditional medicines instead. They use them as an alternative solution to improving their health and reducing illness and suffering.
In 2012, China’s National Bureau of Statistics found that Traditional Chinese Medicine accounts for at least 31% of the world’s total medical industry. The World Health Organization (WHO) found that in developed countries, alternative and traditional medicines are more popular today than ever before, and at least 42% of citizens in the United States have used traditional medicine techniques.
Historically, this caused friction between the two medicinal approaches. Modern medicine tends to prefer prescribed chemicals that are manufactured over natural aids. This friction is caused by the inherent differences between the two styles of medicine. Let us explain.
Certain aspects of modern medicine are undeniably beneficial when it comes to the treatment and prevention of certain diseases. Dozens upon dozens of different afflictions that would have been fatal just over a century ago are now curable. The result is humans have longer life spans and improved quality of life.
In addition, our knowledge of the human body has improved with modern medicine. Today many individuals live healthy and fulfilling lives with ailments or diseases that might once have debilitated them. In general, people are more aware of how to stay healthy.
However, like a beautiful sunny day that never ends, the overuse of modern medicine has had some terrible and disturbing side effects on humanity. This is similar to how endless sunlight can dry out plants and evaporate water with negative results. The complicated results of modern medicine are varied, but there are certain negative aspects that can be clearly identified.
For example, modern medicine is manufactured in lab settings. This means prescription medicines are synthetic. When humans put too many synthetic compounds into their bodies, they tend to get unwanted side effects. These side effects negatively affect our lives and can even be painful.
The Opiod Crisis
In 2016, deaths in the United States from synthetic opioids rose by 540% over a three year time span. Drug overdoses, primarily from fentanyl, are the leading cause of death in Americans younger than fifty years old.
Not everybody is aware of the dangers of synthetic drug use, but most every citizen is aware of the debilitating cost of modern medical care in the United States. Millions of people in the US cannot afford the incredibly high price of prescription drugs. And, that’s to say nothing of the billions of people living worldwide in developing nations.
Finally, in addition to the impossible costs of modern medicine, is its emphasis on the cure only. Modern medicine doesn’t take preventative medicine and actions that improve a healthy body and lifestyle into account. This leads to expensive solutions to problems that could be averted in the first place with education and a healthy lifestyle.
Traditional medicine, also referred to alternative medicine, includes all natural and healthy alternatives. These are things that have been used by humans for thousands of years. Over that period, we have retained information from cultures around the world to build an amazing body of knowledge about traditional medicine.
We have records of herbal medicine being used by the Ancient Sumerians, the first culture from which we have written history. There are also records regarding the herbal practices of the Ancient Egyptians. One herb that is still widely used today, Ayurveda, was used as far back as 1000 B.C. In addition the Chinese, Greeks and later Islamic and Muslim cultures, all used Ayurveda.
Traditional medicine views illness in a different light than modern medicine. It takes the spiritual, psychological, and social aspects of individuals into account. Most modern medical practitioners ignore these things. Traditional medicine proponents argue that this portion is an essential part of the art of healing.
Herbal medicine is different from its synthetically made counterpart as well. Choosing herbal medication means we are ingesting complex organic structures. These herbs work on multiple levels to improve our health as opposed to a single chemical compound that is both helpful and harmful to our bodies.
Recently, more and more doctors are accepting the importance of traditional medicine. There are also more clinics in the United States that focus on holistic medicine.
Because traditional medicine refers to literally thousands of years of gathered knowledge, we have no definitive list of its practices. However, typically it refers to treatments such as…
- chiropractic medicine
- herbal medication
- and much more.
Different Approaches to Total Health
Modern and traditional medicine are both prevalent in our world today. Many people choose to follow an integrated style that includes both medical practices to attain their own personal total health. However, it is clear that with thousands of years of experience and popularity, traditional medicine isn’t going anywhere, and is still a major part of the healthy and happy lives of people living around the world.
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