“BENEFITS OF NATURAL MEDICINE”
by THE WORLD OF HEALTH
Many Benefits Of Natural Medicine
Natural medicine or naturopathic medicines are natural remedies, used to prevent or cure different types of diseases and illnesses.
Natural medicine is a traditional medicine that allows the body to heal through its own natural process. It involves treatments like therapies, acupuncture, massage, exercise or the consumption of herbs. It is merely a loose set of medicines and treatment which is not scientifically proven or a part of biomedicine.
Natural medicine can also be termed as holistic medicine mainly because it treats the individual in entirety rather than just focusing on the symptom or disease.
The holistic perspective considers individuals as a whole as it strongly supports the idea that in order to achieve optimal holistic wellness, one needs to consider body, mind, emotions, and spirit as well.
NATURAL MEDICINE versus MODERN MEDICINE:
DISADVANTAGES OF MODERN MEDICINE
Ever since the evolution of medical science, several medicines have been devised to treat different types of illnesses. Changes in medical treatment have helped manage and give immediate relief to many chronic and life-threatening conditions. But there are a lot of issues.
- It is often quite expensive than natural medicine.
- Modern medicine tends to have a lot of side effects.
- Many people are put on certain medications for a long period of time which often increases the risk of withdrawal symptoms.
- There has been an increase in dependency issues on certain medications that give instant relief.
- Modern medicine helps treat the symptoms not the source of the disease.
- It is not aimed at preventing dis-ease or dis-harmony or nutritional deficiencies.
ADVANTAGES OF NATURAL MEDICINE:
Herbal medicine or natural medicine has taken a backseat irrespective of the fact that it has a lot of benefits in the short and the long run. Some of the advantages of natural medicine are mentioned below:
- It is often more cost effective.
- It helps boost the immune system.
- It can help overcome nutritional deficiencies and support healing at the same time.
- It usually has very few side effects.
- The raw materials required to create natural medicine are readily available in nature. They do not need to be adulterated.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NATURAL AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE:
Many people believe that natural medicine and alternative medicine are the same. However, in reality, they are different from each other. They fall under the same umbrella of CAM i.e. complementary and alternative medicine but they are not the same.
The treatment involved under the two types of medicines are the same but the way they are carried out is different. Under natural medicine or complementary medicine, traditional western medicines are also used to help cure or prevent disease.
However, under alternative medicine, traditional western medicines are not involved and treatments like acupuncture, massage and therapies are mainly used.
POPULAR FORMS OF NATURAL AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINES:
Many different forms of natural and alternative medicines exist that have been used for centuries by our ancestors. Some of the most popular forms that still exist are mentioned below:
Acupuncture is derived from Chinese medicine. It is a treatment that is used to relieve pain through thin needles that are inserted in the human body.
Homeopathy is a form of natural medicine that is based on the idea that the human body heals itself. It involves the use of different herbs and minerals that can help treat different diseases.
The naturopathy structure lies in the fact that drugs and medications should be avoided. It promotes the idea that illnesses can be cured by controlling diet and making massage and exercise a part of life.
Massage is the manipulation of tissues in the body. Various techniques are used to ease out the stress and pain in different parts of the body with the help of hands, fingers, elbows, knees, etc.
Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of pure essential oils. Extracts from bark, flowers, plants, fruits, and resins. Essential oils can be inhaled, added to the bath, applied and massaged into the skin.
Ayurveda is a century old treatment that exists in the world today. It based on the principle that health and wellness can be achieved by creating a balance between body and mind.
In many ways, the right food can be a natural medicine. So many foods in their natural raw state, have healing and immune boosting properties. A healthy diet fuelled by the right nutrients from our food not only treats and heal many illnesses but prevents disease. So many modern diseases are caused by nutrient deficiencies.