Alternative Medicine and the Health Benefits

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Alternative medicine is the practice of treating illnesses without the use of controlled medicines, antibiotics or drugs in general. The main feature of this practice is that the treatment is focused on the patient and not on the symptom of the disease.

Alternative therapies are widely used and very effective in treating various health-threatening ailments. They show positive results against smoking and also in the treatment of depression, stress and allergies.

In Goiás, the first Alternative Medicine Hospital in Brazil is located. Created in August 1983, the HMA specializes in alternative medicine and treats patients through various therapies through the Unified Health System (SUS).

Referring to medicine, Xiang Ping, dean of the University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, during a graduation speech in Nanjing, gave the following account: “The western one is based on analysis and radiographs, but it does not address the organic whole. Traditional Chinese medicine is effective in regulating the entire body. I think the combination of the two medicines would be perfect and very beneficial for people.”

Despite the lack of evidence of effectiveness, there are many people willing to use alternative methods. In September 2003, Ernst helped British daily The Daily Telegraph organize a poll in which a hundred scientists were questioned about the personal use of some alternative method of treatment or cure. It was to be expected that scientists, people with a reputation for skeptics, would not be interested in the subject. That’s not exactly what happened. Of the 75 respondents to the survey, 30 said they had used some form of alternative treatment and 20 said the methods should be made available to everyone through the National Health System, the official British health system.


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