Conventional medicine and alternative medicine Essay

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Conventional medicine and alternative medicine

 “Conventional medicine has little to learn from alternative medicine”.

Today many people in the UK and US choose to be treated by methods that are not based on
Western scientific methods, that is the science and practice of medicine which is standard
in the West. These methods are known as “Alternative medicine” or “Complementary medicine”
,which include homeopathy, acupuncture, osteopathy, aromatherapy, chiropractic medicine,
and reflexology among others. Chinese medicine is also increasingly popular.

Unlike alternative medicine, conventional medicine has proven effectiveness and is
scientifically based, while alternative medicine has its drawbacks and a lack of
scientific basis and its results are not always consistent. For this reason alternative
medicine is not generally available on the National Health Service in the UK and other
countries, and people have to pay for their own treatment. Whereas some people consider it
a mystery and do not dare try it because they believe it might be dangerous or unsafe,
some others just consider it as a lot of mumbo jumbo and pay little or no attention to it.
People who feel fearful or mistrustful of it claim that if its medicines and potions
really worked, then proper doctors would use it.

However, since the early 1980s alternative medicine has become more and more popular, and
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