Alternative and orthodox medicine

As most people know, alternative medicine is different from orthodox medicine but not everyone knows just how different.

Orthodox medicine aims to deal with the illness, despite the person. Examples are if you are depressed you get anti-depressants, if you have inflammation you get anti-inflammatories, if you have eczema you get steroids; the person is not taken into account.

Alternative medicine aims at supporting the person despite the disease label. You might be depressed but what in you is causing the depression, you might have eczema but did you check whether you have a problem with dairy products?

We all have an amazing capacity to not get ill and to see off most diseases, without external aid. But sometimes we need the intervention of a health professional.

Orthodox medicine tries to kill off the illness, this is why there are so many ‘anti’ drugs (antibiotics, antidepressants, anti-inflammatories, etc.). However, killing off the illness leaves you open to getting the same illness again, at a later date, or suppressing the problem and causing something more serious. The ‘anti’ drugs doesn’t necessarily help the person even if it appears to make the disease go away.

Have you noticed how often you get told that a particular drug is good for a particular problem only to be told a few years later it actually causes other problems. This is because the focus is on the illness not the person.

Alternative medicine aims to find and deal with the reason you haven’t got better on your own, it treats the person. You will then be able to get better under your own steam as quickly and efficiently as possible. You will also be able to deal with similar problems in the future and there will be no side effects.

This distinction is fundamental and yet few health professionals have bothered to make themselves aware of the difference. Instead, most see alternative medicine as giving different sorts of medicine, which if they ‘worked’ would have been incorporated into orthodox medicine anyway. These people are ignorant of the true nature of alternative medicine but they very often have the loudest voices and certainly have control of most of the media. We are also aware that this distinction is beyond the capacity of many people to grasp.

So proof that alternative medicine actually works does not, can not and will not, come from double-blind trials and scientific tests while the focus is on the disease labels and not the person. But the double-blind trials and scientific tests are perfectly designed for orthodox medicine. Alternative medicine, on the other hand, is designed for people and so it is the person themselves that will say whether or not they have been helped by it.

Evidence for alternative health can come from people saying they are better and have been helped by an alternative health practitioner. While an orthodox medical practitioner may say these people do not prove we can cure any particular illness, they may be right but, in the same vein, an alternative health practitioner may say that any double-blind trial does not prove they have helped any person.

And ne’er the twain shall meet.