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Account for the rise in popularity of Alternative Medicine over Mainstream Medicine.

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Account for the rise in popularity of Alternative Medicine over Mainstream Medicine. There is a growing phenomenon in the world which is very diverse and yet can be grouped collectively under a single name: alternative medicine. What this term basically represents is any health care that is not part of the mainstream medical establishment and it includes all such therapies form chiropractic to aromatherapy. Those that consume these medicines believe that being herbal they are not as invasive on the body as mainstream medicines are or cause as many drastic side effects and therefore the alternative medicines are becoming very popular. There is no specific day or year when alternative medicine was born, different alternative techniques have arrived at very different times. In addition, there is no "father" of alternative medicine who is solely responsible for its growth. In fact, the recent upsurge in popularity of alternative medicine has been a gradual process aided by the establishment of health maintenance organizations which favour cost-effective alternative therapy programs over costly surgical and chronic illness procedures. ...read more.


There are other reasons why these alternative medicines are chosen over mainstream medicines. When buying many mainstream medicines, a prescription from a doctor is needed and therefore one will have to visit a doctor to get it, this will cause an extra expense for the person. Whereas if they wanted an alterative type medicine they can go to any pharmacy and get it without the hassle of a prescription. Certain alternative medicines when taken daily can prevent the users from getting particular ailments. These medicines also work in the long run healing the body gradually and this can benefit the person as they get older. As in all things with the good comes the bad. Some alternative medicines have been confirmed to be dangerous to health. Such as Comfrey, whose leaf and root are used externally for treating bruises but some people are ingesting them for general healing. ...read more.


Medical knowledge is vast but medical ignorance is even more vast. Many illnesses still have no cure or only imperfect cures. Doctors are often reduced to managing symptoms, which is important and improves a patient's quality of life, but does not offer hope of altering the disease course itself. However these medicines are reasonably expensive and quite a few people cannot affords them. Many of these prescription drugs cause many side effects and one has to decide whether they want to be cured of their ailment with the risk of these side effects or live with their current condition. In conclusion it is easy to understand why people would be drawn to the allure of alternative medicine. Those therapies that are most successful are often very good at the personal aspect of health care. The interventions tend to be very hands-on and often even pleasurable, such as massage therapy or therapeutic touch, very different from the needles, probes, and x-rays of mainstream medicine. Christianne Pollonais Lower 6 02.02.04 ...read more.

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