Medical care has improved greatly in the last century, but even with technological advances it remains far from perfect.
every medicine on the market is like
pros: you’ll stop coughing
cons: you might die
allopathic medicine: mainstream Western ideology and treatment, often with use of pharmacology.
alternative medicine: non-mainstream medical treatment, often with roots in Eastern medicine and philosophy. increasingly accepted by allopathic doctors, however still met with skeptics.
Examples of “alternative” medicine include:
- shiatsu massage
- traditional chinese medicine (TCM)
- and more!
Acronyms Frequently Used:
CAM: Complementary / Alternative Medicine
CIAM: Complementary / Integrative / Alternative Medicine
Complementary refers to Western therapies used alongside Eastern/holistic therapies. I.E., a patient who sees Western doctors for traditional symptomatic treatments and alternative therapies. Parallel treatments.
Integrative refers to a practice or physician who is licensed under Western medical standards and alternative therapies. I.E., a patient who receives pharmacological prescriptions and acupuncture from the same doctor would be seeing an integrative doc.
Is it nervous energy? Real hunger? Or side effect of medication?
I love it when medication works but I hate when the side effects are overwhelming.