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How Conventional Medicine Helps

Conventional medicine is the type of medicine that is promoted and utilized by the majority of the physicians and hospitals throughout the developed world.

It is a system of medicine in which the use of technology, pharmaceutical drugs and surgical procedures prevail.

This kind of medicine is also known as allopathic, orthodox, regular, western and mainstream medicine.

It is a system of medicine that has introduced spectacular life saving techniques and medications to an ailing population. The advances in this area over the past fifty years or so have been nothing short of miraculous.

Conventional medicine is adept at handling acute trauma.

If you go to the emergency hospital area with a heart attack or a broken leg, the doctors and nurses who treat you will know exactly what to do.

It is a scientific medicine, because of the ways in which doctors choose the appropriate treatments for a patient. Clinical studies, which look at people with a certain problem and how a particular treatment benefits them, is the basis of orthodox medicine.

This method of checking if a treatment does work, and how well it works, allows doctors to discard treatments that are not effective and put in place treatments that are more beneficial to the patient.

Mainstream medicine is medicine as practiced by holders of M.D. (medical doctor) or D.O. (doctor of osteopathy) degrees and by their allied health professionals, such as physical therapists, psychologists, pharmacists and registered nurses.

This is the type of medicine that most people know and are currently engaged in.

conventional medicineThe focus is on identifying symptoms, disorders, syndromes or diseases, labeling or diagnosing them, then treating or masking the symptoms or disease using drugs, radiation, or surgery.

Conventional medicine has, unsurprisingly, some pros and cons. It offers the best medicine in surgeries or trauma care but in the treatment of immune associated conditions it relies deeply on prescribing drugs and recommending sometimes very invasive medical measures.

Once a person has a diagnosis, the focus is on eradicating or managing the disease for the rest of someone’s life. Often the disease, disorder, syndrome or symptoms are treated not the whole patient. It tends to treat the human body in parts, not as a totality.

Managing the symptoms typically involves harsh medications that are aimed at suppressing your immune system. While these medications can be effective, they are not without many unwanted side effects such as fatigue, weight gain, depression, increased infection rates and even cancer.

Conventional and alternative medicine differs in that while alternative practitioners may put their treatments through the clinical study process, it is not an essential part of the process for choosing a treatment. Some health care providers practice both complementary medicine and conventional medicine.

Conventional medicine is organ specific or disease specific. Alternative or complimentary medicine, without exception, considers each person as a unique individual and uses a holistic approach in treatment. This is a patient centered approach rather than a disease centered approach.

Regular medicine prefers patients to be passive and accept their treatment without too many questions. Alternative medicine, in contrast, prefers and indeed, in many cases, requires the patient to take a highly active part in both prevention and treatment.

Orthodox medicine believes in aggressive intervention to treat disease. It prefers quick fixes (as do many patients).

Alternative medicine believes in gentle, long-term support to enable the body’s own innate powers to do the healing.

Conventional medicine practitioners are guided in their treatment by strict rules set out by the Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons. This often leads to a “one size fits all” approach.

Practitioners of alternative medicine, on the other hand, treat each patient as an individual and do what, in their opinion is best, rather than what is specified in the “rule book” of conventional medicine.

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