Most unconventional methods of treatment share the holistic assumption that disease affects a person as an indivisible whole. Considering it in the context of the patient’s general psychophysical condition and environmental conditions, unconventional methods try to reach the source of the ailments. Academic medicine, with its growing tendency to high specialization, focuses mainly on ailing organ, removing the immediate causes and symptoms of disease. It does so based on clinical practice patterns.
Consequently, the “doctor” of alternative medicine has the advantage over a specialist in classical medicine that he can treat each patient individually, paying a lot of attention to all aspects of his life. Another advantage of unconventional treatment is the strong patient involvement. In classical medicine, it is “subjected” to treatment, which indicates the need for passive compliance with the strict recommendations of the doctor.
Meanwhile, most of the unconventional methods are based on the patient’s activity, his faith in cure, and readiness to change his lifestyle. Unconventional methods are often less invasive to the body than synthetic drugs. In many cases (e.g. with colds, headaches), resorting to natural methods of treatment brings about as good results as the use of pharmaceuticals, without causing side effects.
Dangers of unconventional methods
Alternative medicine is not based on scientific research, but on the experience of many generations. However, the tradition of the healing method does not automatically make it safe and effective. Taking into account that life expectancy in developed countries has increased significantly thanks to the achievements of academic medicine, it should be assumed that its effectiveness is much higher than that of alternative medicine.
Compared to the effects of synthetic drugs, alternative treatments for cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or ischemic heart disease do not produce any results. When deciding on alternative treatment, remember that:
- its positive effects may only be the placebo effect,
- unconventional drugs can interact dangerously with pharmaceuticals,
The methods proposed by “doctors” of alternative medicine are not always based on multigenerational experience – they are often based on pseudoscience, superstitions, belief in supernatural phenomena or fraud. Unconventional methods may be ineffective, weaken the effects of pharmacotherapy, and even adversely affect the body. Therefore, in the case of serious diseases, it is necessary to treat them with extreme caution or completely abandon them.