We all hear about alternative medicine, which occupies a space in the methods of treatment. Many people nowadays use the alternative medicine as a way to heal their illness, which may be physical or psychological.
Many researches were done, and are still being done about the widespread of the alternative medicine, types of A.M., are they effective or not, and their effect in both children and adults, even their effect on different types of diseases like cancer.
Alternative medicine is the use of methods to cure the illness rather than the conventional methods of medicine. There are many kinds of alternative medicine which differ from culture to other, the habits of the people, and degree of their faithfulness in the power of the alternative medicine methods
Like acupuncture which is one of the Chinese methods which considered as one of the eldest, and common method of treatment in the history. Also, herbal medicine is very common in China. They use herbs for almost everything and believe in their healing powers.
In Arabic countries, use of herbal medicine is common as they use the herbs in their daily life.
Also, there is massage which is Chinese method also, massage is one of the commonest methods used for relaxation process, now it’s worldwide spread and a lot of people do.
Many people seek to get rid of their daily stress by doing yoga.
Many other people like naturopathy, chiropractic medicine, meditation, Ayurveda, homeopathy, and hypnosis.
Also, there are many methods appear nowadays, which were not known, many people seek to treat the other via making the patient thought that they are the only savior from their illness, what lead to surprising they get better.
There are many reasons which make them use alternatives.
Some arise in culture, which believe that alternative medicine is the only way to get rid of their illness, so the alternative medicine will be more congruent with their own values, beliefs, and philosophical orientations toward health and life. Some are afraid of drugs side effects and any kind of medical intervention so they go to alternative methods. Or they get uncomfortable with the conventional medicine; some seek to it as final steps when they had an end-stage illness and no hope by conventional methods.
Now trend to teach the alternative medicine in the university with the conventional medicine is existing, there are universities start to teach A.M.
Alternative medicine used by rheumatology patients, obese patients, and multiple sclerosis, cancers, and psychological patients.
Amna Sheikh is a medical doctor with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelors in Economics and Statistics. She is also a medical writer working as a freelancer for 10+ years and she is specialized in medical, health, and pharmaceutical writing, regulatory writing & clinical research. All her work is supported by a strong academic and professional experience.