The Discovery of a 5,000 Year-Old Medical Secret
Does this sound familiar to you?
When you get sick, you go to the doctor. Upon diagnosis, the doctor prescribes medicines. You buy medicines, take these, and hope that you get well. This is how the health profession goes on nowadays – a cycle of diagnosis and prescription.
Before, if anyone were to give you herbal medicine, you would probably assume that he was a quack doctor. However, studies are now being conducted to see if there is any merit to what is commonly called natural medicine.
Natural medicine is the use of natural methods, herbal medicines, and traditional practices to heal ailments. Every culture has its own version of natural medicine. In ancient cultures, village medicine men served as the doctors of the community who passed on medical knowledge to apprentices who followed them.
A number of healing methods fall under natural medicine. Among these are traditional medicine, complementary medicine, and alternative medicine.
Natural medicine is the precursor of modern medicine. This includes herbal medicine and phytotherapy, which is prevalent in Chinese, Ayurvedic (or Indian), and Greek medicine.
The advent of modern medicine led many professionals to discard the use of herbs in favor of man-made synthetic medicine. Soon enough people forget the healing properties of some herbs. Did you know that opium, digitalis, quinine, and aspirin all have their roots in traditional medicine?
Natural medicine is considered a lost art that needs to be rediscovered. In some cases, natural therapy is actually better than modern medicine. Some doctors seriously consider and study selected uses of natural medicine. This is especially true for medicines that have been thoroughly studied and considered risk-free.
Take herbal medicine for example. There are many well-documented herbal remedies available. However, only herbal medicines that deal with minor ailments such as cough, colds, fever, skin rashes, and others are likely to be recommended by health professionals. This is because herbal medicines are less likely to cause negative side effects.
Currently, there are numerous organizations that advocate the use of natural medicine, specifically, herbal medicine. Some governments and health agencies openly advocate the use of natural methods since they are inexpensive and readily available to all.
It is also through rigorous research that scientists learn that some herbs have been misused to produce fake medicines. This represents a challenge for both the user and regulatory agencies to be very careful in discerning the use and promotion of natural remedies.
Today, many alternative medical treatments fall under natural medicine. However, not all of them have been proven effective. Among these are homeopathy, aromatherapy, acupuncture, and other alternative medical treatments. To play safe, consult experts as to the legitimacy of these treatments.
Right now, current collective medical thought suggests the use of natural medicine as a supplement to accepted modern medical practices. The practice of modern medicine revolves around diagnosing an illness and prescribing treatments for such. The approach of natural medicine is considered more holistic.
Natural medicine is not necessarily given only when the patient is sick. It encourages the patient to embrace good health habits. These habits include good diet, healthy living, and the regular natural treatment. A healthy lifestyle is the foundation of natural medicine.
Isn’t it ironic that science leads us to the knowledge of sages in the past? It leads us back to remedies that nature can offer. The possibility of finding natural remedies to everyday illnesses is encouraging. These natural therapies may truly help improve your health and society.