Analysis Of Comparing Holistic And Conventional Medicine

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Imagine that your head is pounding, and the pain keeps creeping in until it is impossible to ignore. All light seems too bright and glares in your eyes, causing you to squint. All you wish for is some relief. Most people would reach for an Advil to numb the pain of a chronic headache, even though it is a temporary fix. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and heartburn: these are just a couple of the side effects of Advil, one of the most popular non-prescription medications in America. Now more than ever, people are reaching for drugs to suppress even the smallest ailments, but no one considers the long term effects that these drugs can have on their health. Have no fear; there is an alternative option to cure or alleviate symptoms without the side …show more content…
Most traditional, or allopathic physicians, vehemently refute alternative medicine, arguing that the practices are purely a placebo. Comparatively, holistic experts disagree with the overall approach of traditional medicine. Robert S. Ivker, a family physician and co-founder of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, is the author of, “Comparing Holistic and Conventional Medicine.” In this article he plainly compares the two approaches, stating that the primary method of care “focuses on the elimination of physical symptoms.” While conventional medicine can easily mitigate physical symptoms with the use of drugs, the root of the problem is usually never discussed or solved, causing symptoms to return again. The holistic approach focuses on distinguishing the root of the issue. When the root of the issue is discovered, the proper treatment methods to prevent and cure the symptoms long term is the goal. Holistic physicians also have a better personal relationship with their patience, and actually care about the success of their treatments. Having a good relationship with your physician and knowing that they care is an uncommon occurrence in the allopathic community. In traditional medicine, the use of prescription drugs is a prevalent form of treatment. The problem with some of these medicines is that they can be highly …show more content…
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