Saturday, February 22, 2014

Answer to your Question: Traditional Naturopathy versus Allopathic Medicine: Which one should I choose?

Answer to your Question:

Traditional Naturopathy versus Allopathic Medicine: Which one should I choose?

In order to answer this question, we should start with clarifying one thing: neither naturopathy nor allopathic medicine has the answer to each and every single health issue.  As a matter of fact, while naturopathy may work better as a preventive system and for acute and chronic issues, conventional medicine may work – if not necessarily better – at least faster when it seems that there is no sufficient time left for the use of natural homeopathic remedies, herbs or other non invasive methodologies which may require a little longer to see their beneficial results.. 

The fact that some treatments commonly used by mainstream medicine might work faster, however, should not be interpreted as an admission that they will work “better”: the possible individual’s adverse drug reactions to pharmaceutical drugs, along with the potential harmful effects of aggressive approaches, such as chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy when dealing with cancer, just to name a few, are the most appropriate examples to prove this point. 

No need to say that each one of us should take the time to do some research on his or her own and read each drug’s – prescribed or simply bought over the counter – label and go through the “warnings”, possible effects and categories of people discouraged from using it before taking it and also consider all possible natural alternatives before going through surgery or a potential debilitating treatment such as those already mentioned.  The example of the hundred of thousands people that each year die only in the US due to the “right” treatment or “right” drug given to them for the “right” reason is surely the best reminder to all of us to use caution and the greatest incentive to do all opportune researches to make an informed decision.

On the other hand, conventional medicine, especially surgery, can be extremely useful, when not even an absolute must, in those cases where, for instance, serious accidents have taken place and led to traumatic injuries: in these events specialized, ad hoc treatments are needed and they may also require hospitalization at a trauma center and most likely for the individual to go through surgery.  Afterwards, days, weeks, months when not even years of physical therapy will be also advised according to the gravity of the situation.

In most of the other cases, that is, whenever the situation does not require a trauma service intervention, generally speaking, a naturopathic approach might work better by allowing to work on the individual as a whole rather than on a mere symptom and to go to the root of the cause and, whenever possible, remove it.

As for the length and efficacy of the use of natural remedies – be it homeopathic or else – they vary depending on a few elements:

a)                  the ability of the holistic practitioner to identify the best fit for his or her client;
b)          the response of the individual to a certain remedy, which nobody can assume with absolute certainty at the time the regimen starts; and
c)                  how much the individual will stick to it.

Furthermore, results in terms of healing may also differ: some people benefit from a certain remedy right away; some others take longer time, while others never seem to get better, let alone be able to heal no matter what kind of therapy they follow, be it of mainstream medicine or naturopathy. This has, therefore, induced many holistic practitioners to wonder whether healing may depend not only on people’s constitution and genetics/miasmatic aspects but also on their belief system, mental and psychological approach toward their health and consequent conviction and determination, or lack of them, to be really able to completely heal.

In conclusion, no matter what your decision may be and the kind of method you may decide to use when dealing with a certain health condition, the suggestion is – should you opt for an allopathic approach and treat your case through the use of pharmaceutical drugs, surgeries and/or other invasive/debilitating procedures – to consult, as soon as you can, with your holistic health practitioner. He or she will help you to detoxify from all the chemicals and toxins you will have intaken through the use of pharmaceutical drugs, anesthesia and other clinical treatments in order to start walking again towards the path of optimum health and wellness and, whenever possible, to try to talk to him or her before undergoing surgery and or chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy so that he or she might help you to strengthen your immune system so that your body may be better equipped to receive those treatments and/or even react better to them.

Disclaimer: All information contained in this article are for educational purpose only. They are NOT intended as a medical advice. If you have a medical condition, please, consult with your primary healthcare practitioner first.

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Maria Teresa De Donato, PhD
RND, CHom, CNC, CMH, Life Strategist