About Natural Healing Practices

Thursday, January 02, 2020 • American Fork, UT 84003

Each time you feel ill, you're likely to wend your way to the hospital, clinic, or pharmacy. If you do so, the chances are that you'll leave with some prescription and or over-the-counter medications. Otherwise, your situation may get worse — not better — and you may resort to anecdotal solutions. These may include seeking for massage, acupuncture, chiropractic care, and more. The truth is, both can work, but which one is the best? Keep perusing.


About Meds.


Conventionally, meds are considered as the standard cure for any ailment. They are often manufactured and administered only by trained professionals and companies (though there are quacks, too). According to statistics, medications have led to the reduction in death rates from a wide range of ailments, from HIV and AIDS to cancer. For example, since 1990, the mortality rate due to HIV and AIDS has tremendously dropped by a whopping 75% due to medications. 


Traditional medicine (the one we are used to) is usually used for a specific type of ailment — think of an optician, an ENT doctor, a dentist, and the rest. All of them deal with particular areas of the body, and so do most pills. What about natural solutions? Let's see that below.


About Natural Healing Practices.


Natural healing practices have been around since antiquity. The ancient generation had no laboratories, but diseases existed, and they were cured. This generation used some forms of treatment, which haven't been abandoned to date. We may call them natural solutions, but a better term is "alternative medicine." They are all the medicines that are not deemed as orthodox by the medical profession. 


In the modern world, people are used to meds approved by the FDA or so, and we don't seem to pay attention to anything else. However, alternative medicines have always worked — even in situations where conventional methods have failed. The reason why we don't give attention to them is that we're "programmed" not to have faith in anything that's not scientifically proven to work. Rarely people choose to take a more “natural” approach and seek different treatments from holistic centers.


Common Similarities.


√ Both of them aim at either preventing as well as curing ailments, or both.

√ Both are administered by experts in the field.

√ Both may incorporate non-medication treatments like a massage to improve the results.

√ Both of them emphasize the relationship between the patient and the practitioner. A good one will yield great results, and vice versa.


Common Differences.


Below are some of the most common differences between these two approaches to treatment, though there are often more.


× While conventional medicine often focuses on the specific part of the body that is ailing, alternative medicine is concerned with the health of the whole body of an individual. 

× Natural solutions are mostly used for non-emergency, chronic, and acute conditions while meds are often used for emergencies, severe & mild illnesses, and more others.

× Conventional medicines must undergo a series of experiments in the laboratory before they're made official, while alternative medicine is mostly based on the trial-and-error theory.

× Mostly, conventional medicine is made from chemicals, while natural medicine use naturally occurring herbs for the healing process.


Pros (Meds).


√ They're administered by highly trained professionals.

√ Costs of the services can be defrayed by a health insurance company.

√ Based on scientific research and evidence.

√ They follow quality control guidelines from federal bodies.

√ They're most readily available on most clinics, hospitals, and pharmacies.


Pros (Natural Healing Practices).


√ Always struggles to heal the whole body and not only the affected part.

√ They are less expensive.

√ Associated side effects are often infrequent.

√ Individuals are advised to take better care of their own bodies as part of the treatment process.


Cons (Meds).


× Meds concentrate less on the whole body, but only the part/organ that's affected.

× They're quite expensive compared to their natural rivals.

× Side effects can be severe in some cases.

× Most meds don't provide long-lasting solutions, as they mostly treat symptoms and not the root causes of an ailment.


Cons (Natural Healing Practices). 


× Mostly not regulated so that you're left with the task of finding the best ones.

× Serious ailments can't be diagnosed.

× Can't deal with emergencies.

× They aren't based on scientific evidence, so trials may consume much time as the patient's condition worsens.


So Which One Do I Go For?


If you've been keen, some modern doctors think that it's wise to combine the two forces (natural solutions and modern meds) in combating a health situation. And, in most cases, this works. The doctor, however, has to be an expert in both worlds. It's true that meds are developed in the lab, and they're only considered meds after a series of experiments, yes, but there's still a chance that they may fail to work. In such cases, a patient may look for alternative medicine. 


In most cases, alternative medicine has worked for patients with chronic illnesses, and some countries, like China, embrace the method. However, the wisest thing is to consult with your doctor before you settle for one. The doctor can lead you to a certified practitioner or give you some appropriate advice. Nevertheless, it's wise to start with meds.