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Why People Increasingly Prefer Alternative Medicine Over Conventional Medicine

Updated on November 15, 2015

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Alternative Medicine Versus Conventional Medicine

Even as new overwhelming techniques continue to make the headlines, there is another, popular health realization happening in homes all across the country. While conventional medicine becomes more and more complicated and more and more costly, there are a growing number of people turning to the more natural ways of healing. The simple, traditional, decidedly low-tech methods of preventing illnesses and solving everyday health problems. These include natural herbal remedies.

Consider this, in 1997, America made an estimated 627 million visits to alternative health practitioners – this is more than people made to see primary care doctors. In 2009, Americans spent an estimated $34 billion on alternative medicine. These numbers have tripled over the last few years.

What is happening here? What have homeopaths and nutritionists, massage therapists and other alternative health care practitioners got to offer these people that boosts the most advanced technologies in the world? Why are these people flocking to health food stores and purchasing lotions, herbs, and other potions? What is it that keeps them going back again and again?

It is because many people are changing their way of thinking about there health. It is because at the same time this change is taking place they’re already realizing that conventional health care is becoming more and more expensive and less and less effective.

To some the term “alternative medicine” conjures up some strange notions. But actually the “alternative” way of medicine is not all that alternative. At one time this way the way of “mainstream medicine. In fact not so long ago today’s way of medicine was considered strange. There was a time when doctors were chastised for just washing their hands before seeing a patient. It wasn’t a requirement.

It wasn’t until the early 20th century, the “golden age” of medicine, that Americans developed the attitude that good health was found in the medicine cabinet.

But now people are beginning to see that this technology causes as many problems and it solves. For instance the wide spread use of antibiotics has given rise to bacteria that is almost completely resistant to most drugs.

Alternative medicine concentrates on the treating of the cause, not just the symptoms of an ailment. There was a time when herbs, and herbal remedies were only sold in health food stores. Today you can purchase them in just about any grocery or drug store around. There was a time when the doctor’s bag consisted of many of the herbal remedies we now as alternatives today. Now even some “main stream” physicians are turning to the alternative methods for help

Patients and doctors alike are beginning to realize it is time to treat the whole person, not just the symptom. This is not to say that you should ignore modern medical techniques. Just be sure they are what you need before you except them.

When one looks at the overall world population, alternative medicine is not alternative at all, but actually the basis of health care.

Many of the most popular forms of alternative medicines include Reiki, Diet Therapy, Hydropathy, Herbalism, Reflexology, Magneto therapy, Shiatsu, Yoga, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Aromatherapy and Ayurvedic.

Today information about “alternatives” are plentiful. Use them, be informed and ask questions.

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    Catherine Simmons 5 years ago from Mission BC Canada

    Useful hub.

    This is so true. Maybe we are all starting to listen to our bodies at last :-)

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    Dale Hyde 5 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    Hello catsimmons! I certainly do agree. The body will guide us if we allow it to! Thanks for dropping by, reading and commenting. :)

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    parwatisingari 5 years ago from India

    The modern medicine~we call is highly invasive, and tissue focused, in addition treating human body like a machine. We are so into standardization that we do not accept that the balance for one body varies from the other.

    Basically allopathy cannot handle adverse effect

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    Dale Hyde 5 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    Hello parwatisingari! I certainly do agree that allopathy or modern medicine is highly evasive and that balance seems to be something that is ignored in our basic healthcare procedures as well as extensive long-term health maintenance. Thanks for stopping by, reading and sharing.

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    Angela Blair 5 years ago from Central Texas

    Great and informative Hub, Dale -- I take only herbals for Type II Diabetes and my doctor (whom I don't stay in that close of touch with) has finally accepted it. His comment "Medicare won't pay for herbals but go ahead and do whatever you're doing as it's working!" I've also not had the debilitating side effects I experienced with main stream diabetic medications -- in other words when I began to think for myself (with a little push from my Indian man) everything fell into place. Herbals may not be for everyone but they've sure made my life better. Best/Sis

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    parwatisingari 5 years ago from India

    :) I am a practicing dentist and am researching traditional medicine, specially the pharmacological aspects of Yajna.

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    Dale Hyde 5 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    Hello Angela! That is awesome that you are able to control your Type 2 Diabetes with herbal supplements. I was diagnosed with the same last year and put on medication. With a few diet changes and continuing herbal supplements, my glucose levels are great and no further need for medications with the doctor's approval, even. :) I agree, herbs may not be for everyone, but they work for me as well. Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting!

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    Dale Hyde 5 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    Hello parwatisingari! That is wonderful that you are researching the various aspects of Yajna. I am not familiar with that myself, but of course, now, I will have to do some research on my own! Thank you for stopping by, reading and commenting. :)

    Edit: Ahh...I see now, based on the ancient scriptures, the Vedas and such. Most interesting!

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    parwatisingari 5 years ago from India

    Dale do you know any place where I learn about shamanism?

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    Dale Hyde 5 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    Hello parwatisingari. Shamanism is something that does not have actual teachers to the best of my knowledge. A shaman or medicine would have to take you under wing and such from what I have been told. Other than that, you can read about it, but there are things that are now written and secrets that only a shaman can give to you.

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    parwatisingari 5 years ago from India

    Okay. I am trying to study the shamanic rituals of mongolia, they have woman shamans and witch's both of them are sort of wise woman one who uses fumes and energies to heal while the other cures with herbas.

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    Dale Hyde 5 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    I have am familiar with some of those techniques you mention, but not how they may be practiced in Mongolia. Sounds like a most interesting study to embark upon! I wish you good luck in that area.

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    Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

    The reason I prefer natural is because everything in nature was put there for a reason. When my children were small I never gave them anything to reduce their fevers, I instintively "knew" a fever was beneficial unless it was above 103. But otherwise, I allowed them to ride it out and they recovered much faster. For myself, if I feel myself coming on with something, I immediately fill the tub with hot water and submerge myself, raising my body temperature, giving myself a fever so to speak. That usually does the trick. Now all my children do the same. When I hear the tub filling up in the middle of the night I know one of them is feeling sick. Next morning, much better. It annoyed me when my son was diagnosed with leukemia that the doctors at Johns Hopkins would not allow him to have a fever. Later, after he died, I hear a story about a child with leukemia who was being treated in Germany I think, and she became ill with something else, and her fever reached 105. When she recovered, her leukemia was gone.

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    Dale Hyde 5 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    Hello Lilleyth,

    Thanks so much for sharing about your son. My condolences. I had never heard of raising the body temperature to create a fever, and that it would help the healing process. That is amazing. I do agree that everything that nature has provided for us was put here for reasons, and specific treatments and such. I will try the fever thing next time I am feeling something coming on. Thanks again.

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    parwatisingari 5 years ago from India

    Hyde, increase in body temperature is a symptom, indicating that metabolic activity is happening. When we are fighting an infection, process of fighting the infection, results in fever.

    Even if you have a wound the temperature round the wound is higher as it is on the repair process.

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    Dale Hyde 5 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    Thanks so much parwatisingari for the additional insight.

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    Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

    I prefer alternative medicine than the conventional one maybe because I don´t want to take medicine that might have disadvantages to my health. Thanks for sharing.

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    Dale Hyde 4 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    You are most welcome, Thelma. I certainly agree. I hesitate to take many medications and try to find an alternative solution. I do realize there are times you simply have to rely on the medical side of health care for certain things, but even then, sometimes you will be able to find an alternative to having to use prescribed medications. Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting.

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    MakataNoshiba 4 years ago from Everywhere in the US

    As a future Naturopathic Doctor I support this Post. ;)

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    Dale Hyde 4 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    Thanks so much, Makata! I do appreciate the support and you stopping by and reading. :)

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    MakataNoshiba 4 years ago from Everywhere in the US

    Yep! No problem. Hopefully the future will be full of Naturopathic Doctors to save the world of pill popping messes. :)

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    Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

    Real interesting. I do yoga. I've heard of reiki before. I would love to do herbalism and aromatherapy some day.

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    Dale Hyde 2 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    Sounds great, Kristen! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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