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Modern Medicine versus Natural Healing

Updated on September 9, 2014

Natural Healing Herbs

Healing herbs are a food source with little to no side effects
Healing herbs are a food source with little to no side effects
Health and wellness includes all of these areas of life
Health and wellness includes all of these areas of life
Holistic Medicine treats the whole body. Focus is on the body and not the disease. Traditional medicine treats the specific disease process, such as the cartoon depicts below.
Holistic Medicine treats the whole body. Focus is on the body and not the disease. Traditional medicine treats the specific disease process, such as the cartoon depicts below.
Traditional medicine targets the injured part of the body. Holistic medicine treats the whole person.
Traditional medicine targets the injured part of the body. Holistic medicine treats the whole person.

Usefullness of Holistic and Herbal Therapy

Usefulness of Herbal and Holistic Therapy?

Modern Medicine versus Natural Healing

When a man or woman has the calling to devote their lives to medicine in the way of taking care of and healing their patients, they research their options for an ideal medical school. The person goes to the medical college for a good many years to learn how to take care of patients. The doctor learns how to diagnose and treat patients with the most up to date medicines and treatment options.

Does Diet, Holistic and Herbal Therapy Fit into Traditional Modern Medicine?

I believe in most medical doctors to heal their patients to the best of their ability. In the past, I have had a DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) and an MD (Medical Doctor or Allopathic Medicine) and both were wonderful practitioners.

The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine has the same education that the Medical Doctor, except they learn chiropractic techniques, or bone manipulation along with their medical schooling. The DO learns about in-depth diets and well-balanced meals. The DO does go to school longer. The MD learns little about diets and food balances during their studies.

Training for the DO always included a look at the whole patient versus just looking at the injured or diseased part of the body. Part of the required study of the DO is diet therapies and the importance of eating the right balance of foods.

In recent years, medical schools for the MD are stressing the importance of incorporating more about diets into their learning process. They now want medical students to look at the whole patient just as the DO have done for years.

For example, if a patient goes to his primary Medical Doctor for continued headaches this MD would do a work up and tests to determine why the person is having headaches.

If the patient goes to his primary DO, the doctor may manipulate the vertebrae in the patient's neck as part of his medical examination.

I feel that two of the most essential training courses for an aspiring physician are in-depth nutrition and how herbs relate to modern medicine and how the doctor can incorporate herbs his or her practice.

Personal Health and Wellness is the Responsibility of the Patient

At one time, I asked my primary doctor a question as to why MDs are not in tune with healing herbs versus traditional chemical laden medicines. His answer prompted me to find another doctor.

The doctor's answer to me was, "Herbs for healing, Holistic practices and diet therapies are a whole different ballgame, and I do not have the time to learn these processes, it takes years to learn this field of medicine and I do not have the time.

I instantly thought to myself that if this doctor does not have the time to learn some alternative practices and would rather use traditional medicine he does not have real time for his patients either. I believe that in many instances medicine just covers up the real problem. Patients think that a magic pill the doctor gave them made them well, when in truth all this pill did was to mask the signs and symptoms.

The answer from my doctor on this question prompted me to find an MD, with a Holistic and Healing Herb background. I knew that many DOs had this knowledge so I was interested in seeing if I could locate an MD with these credits and found a wonderful MD in Ann Arbor, Michigan who was a holistic doctor and a traditional doctor all wrapped up in one.

The Ideal Doctor Gives Patients Choices

Even though this doctor had just written a book, taught at U of M Medical School and had a special spot on a noted radio station a few times a week, in addition to a large family practice, this doctor would take as much time for his patients as they wanted him to take. Additionally, this doctor told me that I was the reason he practiced medicine. He stressed this with all of his patients how important they were to him, thus he took as much time as they needed.

He never pushed either of his medical knowledge on his patients. If they wanted holistic healing or just traditional healing, he gave his patients what they wanted. However, he loved to teach his patients alternative medicines and hired just the right people to lead some classes in alternative medicine.

Pharmacidical Companies Do Not Like Alternatives to Medicine

I do not think that many professionals realize that most of today's medicines have their foundations built from herbs. Maybe professionals do know this, but do not understand the correlation of both modern medicine and herbs.

Much of the medical community remains quite skeptical about the art of healing with herbs. Many think it is a lot of gibberish, and some doctors are quite indignant when the patient brings up the subject of natural healing.

Some medical doctors have gone on to learn the art of healing with herbs and incorporate herbs and traditional medicine with his or her practice. These medical doctors give the patient a choice of natural healing or traditional healing, so the patient really has the best of both worlds of healing. However, these doctors are rare.

When a physician speaks with a medical representative from a pharmaceutical company, nothing usually comes up about his or her written prescription having a foundation of the plant family. Those medications that are not from the plant family are synthetic medications.

The European countries seem to be ahead of the United States in the way of healing with herbs versus modern medicine and traditional treatments.

Herbs have made headlines in some medical journals, but articles about what herbs can do to heal the body are rare. Generally, the modern physician has never viewed these articles on healing herbs attractive or interesting news.

Side Effect of Herbal versus Side Effects of Medicine

Every medicine on the market carries with it some hair-raising side effects, and I would say that ninety percent of all medications have three possible side effects, nausea, diarrhea or vomiting. The good thing about healing with herbs is that herbs carry little in the way of side effects and are safe. Herbs classified as a food source has little to no side effects.

About the only thing that physicians hear is the patients who do not use herbs in the correct manner, do not speak with the doctor first, and mixes medications with some herbs that should be used cautiously with other medications.

The bottom line is that the news about healing herbs is in the negative arena. I believe that the pharmaceutical companies have a lot to do with the negativity of healing herbs. If this alternative therapy continues to catch on, it would greatly decrease the profits of these big companies.

Herbal Therapy Has Been With Us From the Beginning of Time

In the last several years' herbs, side effects, and effectiveness is gaining momentum in treating the ill patient. Prestigious medical journals are featuring more articles on the healing herb, bringing to light new and valuable information on herbs. Many herbs prove helpful in the treatment of many common health complaints, such as:

• Ginger to prevent motion sickness and nausea

• Garlic in the diet reduces cholesterol and cardiac risk factors. It is possible to buy odorless, tasteless garlic. Otherwise the person will transfer a garlic odor on their body. Garlic is so valuable when taken daily that the person should check into odorless, tasteless garlic capsules.

• Comfrey is used as a substance call Allantoin a chemical to help heal incisions

• Feverfew prevents migraine headaches

• Licorice is found helpful in healing stomach ulcers and is just as effective as a brand name antacid

• Strychnine is not an herb, but a holistic remedy and known to help eliminate anxiety and panic attacks safely when used in minute doses through the management of the holistic physician

• Madagascar periwinkle treats leukemia and Hodgkin's in children

• An herb called Foxglove is the foundation of Digoxin and Lanoxin. A manufactured medicine used to regulate the heart rate

No one should use herbs recklessly, but under the direction of an herb specialist or doctor who has gone extra years to school to learn about this amazing natural treatment option.

As safe, as herb therapy is there are safety precautions to consider. Some herbs are exceedingly strong and can cause harm when not used in a respectable manner.

Always talk over treatment options with your doctor, and if you want herbs incorporated into your treatment plan. Remember though that the routine primary care physician will say they know little to nothing about how to treat using holistic or herb therapy.

As far as diets go, such as the patient who needs a diabetic diet, renal diet, cardiac diet or other specific diet, most doctors refer the patient to a nutritional consultant or they order a dietary consult. The doctor does not have the time or knowledge to get into the aspects of what the patient can and cannot eat, given specific diagnoses.

Although, any doctor knows that if the patient has diabetes, they will have to have a diabetic diet, but cannot give the patient the particulars of the diet. If the patient is going into kidney failure, the doctor knows beyond a doubt that the patient needs a renal diet, so will refer the patient for a diet consult with a dietician.

A Bit about Holistic Remedies

There is a bit of difference in Holistic Remedies and Herbal Therapy. Holistic Medicine briefly is the treatment of patients using similarities. For example, if a person is having a panic attack, they experience a few of the following symptoms such as, restlessness, anxiety, the need to remove his or herself from their environment and immense unknown fear.

One of the holistic remedies of choice may be Strychnine. Strychnine when consumed causes the same symptoms as a panic attack. In order to eliminate panic attack symptoms, the doctor may prescribe the person the same thing that causes these same symptoms such as Strychnine. This strychnine given in minute doses in amounts unseen by the human eye except under a microscope are highly effective. The strychnine compounded in a tiny pearl, dissolves under the tongue.

Holistic Medicine does not just include these tiny miracle pearls to eliminate unlimited symptoms, this ancient Chinese Medicine includes an extensive list of modalities brought forth through the ages by the Chinese and have been proven effective against numerous ailments, diseases, illnesses, physically and mentally.

Holistic Medicine includes the following 20 therapies, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Chiropractic Medicine, Hypnotherapy, Hypnosis, Massage Therapy, Yoga, Pilates, Saunas, Meditation, Aromatherapy, Detoxification, Homeopathy, Essential oils, Chelation, Chi Gong, Chi Kung, Reflexology and Ayurvedic.

Each of these therapies plays an important part in the healing process of many who believe in their positive effects towards eliminating many disease processes and illnesses whether it be of an emotional or physical basis.

Traditional medicine seeks to eliminate the signs and symptoms of a disease process of a specific body part. Holistic Medicine acts to restore a natural balance of the entire body. Holistic Therapies have magnificent results, proven repeatedly to millions of people.

The list of some of the ailments that Holistic Medicine show effectiveness, is much too numerous to list. However, the following are just a few illnesses from the list that people have found success. Many found an improvement in blood circulation in the body, stress relief, increasing an improvement in the body's energy flow, detoxification of the body from dangerous toxins, improvement in the immune system, mood and behavior improvements, improvement of health and wellness of any body organ including the skin.

These 20 therapies work on the whole body to target different disease processes and illnesses. These therapies have proven to bring health and vitality to the whole person. Holistic Medicine cannot match perfect to specific health remedies to specific health conditions. Holistic Medicine does not work this way. On the other hand and to some extent remedies, can treat and heal certain specific targets in the body. Holistic Medicine has proven for centuries to have powerful healing properties.

Again, I repeat that in order for one to achieve wonderful health and experience a level of wellness in their life they must make a Holistic Life Style Change, instituting effective healthy life habits. Good health, strengthens the any of the holistic remedies and cures.


Personal experience, reading and research through the last 30-years


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      Carol Ann Sherwood 2 years ago from Jackson, Mi.

      Many of our modern medicines are derived from herbs, unbeknownst to many people. Digoxin and Lanoxin, old and traditional medicines to treat irregular heart patterns is derived from the herb plant foxglove. Traditional medicines could do much better.

      Thank you for your post


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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I think that herbs can help us improve our lives and I hope that in the future we will get much of medicine through foods and herbs.

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      Carol Ann Sherwood 3 years ago from Jackson, Mi.

      Thank you Kevin for your kind remarks. I will have so many more articles on alternative medicine.


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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      I think that this can be extremely useful Carol. I, too, have done research on holistic/alternative medicine (not as much as you) and I have become very drawn to it, compared to traditional medicine. I have reviewed many types of drugs (traditional) and found so many side effects.

      If I had my own car then I would definitely look for a different doctor. Since I have been seeing this MD for a while and I only have one person for a ride then I cannot change.

      I enjoyed reading this and agreed with everything that you said. I voted this up, shared and pinned it.