What is natural medicine?
Natural medicine can be defined as any form of health care that encourages and or enhances the body's own natural healing powers. Natural medicine can include diet (herbs, supplements,) hydrotherapy, chiropractic, ayurveda, homeopathy, acupuncture, acupressure, energy healing, and others. Most of these types of health care practices are not taught in traditional medical schools. Throw into the mix other terms like holistic medicine (focusing on mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the patient, in addition to their physical body—treating the 'whole person' as opposed to individual organs of the body); alternative and complementary medicine: alternative means used alone or instead of conventional Western medicine; whereas, complementary medicine is where an alternative therapy is used in conjunction with conventional medicine or traditional therapy, and the two therapies complement each other.
In contrast to natural medicine, there is allopathic medicine, referring to the practice of conventional medicine that uses pharmaceutical drugs and or physical interventions to treat or suppress symptoms of conditions or diseases. It can also be called Western medicine, conventional medicine or modern medicine. Often practitioners sub-divide the body and focus on a specialty, i.e. ENT doctors specialize in conditions of the ear, nose, and throat.
There is a delicate balance between natural medicine and Western medicine. There is a need to recognize this balance, and that each has their place in the good health and survival of the planet and its people.
What are your experiences with combining both natural medicine and Western medicine?
Tune in Saturday when I share my personal experience with recognizing the balance between natural medicine and Western medicine....