As improvements in education and resources arose throughout the years there was a shift towards modern medicine, which is heavily based on evidence that has been gathered using the scientific method. Due to the lack of scientific reliability, the use of herbal remedies raises some doubt and concern. However, it is important to consider the effectiveness of herbal remedies that are derived from the natural sources surrounding us. Although in past eras chronic illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, hepatitis and cancer either didn’t exist or were not properly identified, it is necessary to analyze whether traditional medicines and herbs can be effective in treating these serious diseases today. This will be the focus of the discussions in this paper.
The question remains if these supplements are safe (not to mention effective). Over-the-counter and prescription drugs are highly regulated in the United States. Many people are under the assumption that herbal supplements are regulated in the same manner. Herbal supplements are regulated by the FDA. However, they fall under a category other than drugs or foods.
This motivates me to study and practice alternative medicine which has a different approach to healing than conventional medicine. Alternative medicine uses treatments such as herbalism, massage therapy, acupuncture, and exercise, in order to give the body a chance to heal itself. Alternative Medicine uses natural forms of treatment in order to aid the body to become successful in healing itself. Forms of Alternative Medicine can relieve pain, stress, prevent and treat illnesses and have the potential to heal and cure sicknesses and disease. I know that people are suffering and losing their lives to varies forms of diseases and cancers and many of them result to receiving conventional medical treatments but, find that the medications seem to be harsh to their bodies and too expensive.
Naturopathy is promoting health instead of trying to destroy the disease itself. Naturopathic professionals usually recommend: herbal remedies, homeopathy, acupuncture and a few other CAM techniques (Billitterl 39). Complementary and alternative techniques are the new age of medicine. These techniques especially combined with mainstream medicine could create a medical revolution. Complementary and alternative medicine techniques are helping to solve medical problems for many people without the side effects of mainstream medicine.
People often choose Herbal Medicine over the prescribed and conventional medicine when they have a lifelong health complication. More so, Herbal Medicine is not just to cure such health problems, it also improves the overall well-being, many health enthusiast use herbal medicine to preclude illness or to assure a healthier lifestyle. Frequently a person believes that herbal medicine is more naturally safe and soothing than drugs. Nevertheless, there’s no reasonable defense about this. Though many consumers trusted herbal medicine much more than the synthetic medicine because it’s safe and effective, but like anything else, it has its own limitations too.
A more holistic approach, one where we consider the whole person and seek to improve health while minimizing the use of prescription drugs, would be beneficial to many people. Traditional medicine is primarily concerned with the body while a holistic approach to health is concerned with all aspects of a person: mind, body and spirit. In traditional medicine, the main deciding factor when prescribing drugs is the physician’s interpretation of results from laboratory tests along with a very brief consultation with the patient. A naturopathic doctor will also look at lab results but will typically spend more time talking with the patient than a traditional physician will. The naturopathic doctor aims to gather information about overall health, daily habits, nutrition, stress levels, sleep habits and so forth.
3 Activists who lobby to change the laws regarding the legalization of marijuana have many reasons why the drug should be changed from a schedule I drug to at least a schedule II drug. Many of the reasons and organizations are within the medical profession. Legalizing the use of medicinal marijuana will help those who really need the drug. I do believe eventually the drug will be legal regardless if it is classified for medical purposes or not, when it does become legal the federal government along with each individual state will need to take the necessary precautions to ensure the drugs are not misused within the United States. Having and keeping tight laws and programs for the new law will reduce the problems some are anticipating.
What are some of the positive and/or negative consequences of the use of DTC marketing by pharmaceutical companies? Who is impacted by these consequences? The use of DTC marketing by pharmaceutical companies has both positive and negative consequences for the parties concerned in this issues. Positive consequences: • It is an advantage for patients because, before advertising by pharmaceutical companies, patients used to follow blindly what their doctors asked them to take as medication without really understanding it or knowing all the options available. Now, they are more informed about medications.
The question is should medicinal marijuana be legalized? Yes, medicinal marijuana should be legalized in order to save lives that are being lost, yet something can be done. In addition, it should be legal in order to help relieve patients with chronic pain. Earleywine notes that, if medicinal marijuana was legalized, it could become a new industry all on its own (Earleywine 56). It could help in the cure of many diseases around the globe because it is being used without restrictions.
They now believed that sickness was not a result of punishments sent from gods, but something ‘natural’. Dissection was performed and thus, they knew more about the internal organs of animals – although they were not allowed to dissect humans yet. Plants were also used as medicines. These were known as herbal medicines. In the eastern countries, there seem to be more on religious treatments, and healing the entire body – not just the deformed part.