Alternative Medicine, Chinese Medicine and the Scientific Medicine

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I had a chance to bond with my brother yesterday because it was a holiday. We talked about some issues on health until we arrived on the topic about alternative medicine. I know being a physician, he is not sold-out with the alternative medicine approach but for the sake of extracting his opinion, we discussed the matter. Here’s what I’ve learned from him :

There are four main types of diseases: pathogenic disease, deficiency disease, hereditary disease, and physiological disease. Pathogenic disease according to him is caused by micro-organisms or viruses . Deficiency disease, is as a result of a lack of one or more nutrient necessary for proper functioning of our body. Hereditary disease is passed down from generation to generation through the genes while Physiological disease is pattern of behavioral or physiological symptoms that impact multiple life areas or better known as a kind of mental disorder. He went on discussing the details so that I will have a proper understanding the different kinds diseases.

What Is Alternative Medicine? Alternative medicine may be defined as any form of medicine that does not fall within the realm of conventional medicine. By this definition he said , he safely say that alternative medicine is not based on scientific evidence. He added that it is usually derived from cultural or historical practices. There are hundreds ( even thousands) of alternative medicine around world but there also a lot people that have been abused in the name of alternatives.

My brother added that practicing alternative medicine is not bad specially if it really worked for you but he stressed out that for severe illnesses and fatal diseases , one need to see a doctor and undergo trusted and proven process of healing.

I asked him about his opinion of Chinese Medicine. I explained to him the many benefits of herbal medicine I have learned through Solstice Medicine Blog I have been reading for more than a month now. He told me that Chinese medicine has been around more 3000 years now and agreed with my opinion that among types alternative medicines, Chinese Medicine is the most effective.

That ends our discussion, agreeing on the effectiveness of Chinese Medicine!


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