Is Alternative Medicine Safe And Effective?

As a kid whenever we had a stomach ache our moms would ask us to lie down and slowly sip through a drink of homemade lemonade with a dash of black salt, before I visit a doctor. Balancing and substitute medicine or CAM, comprises a broad variety of healthcare practices, products, and systems, which don't form a part of the conservative medicine. For instance, herbal materials, preparations and products used by Asian systems of medicine such as Ayurveda or Traditional Chinese medicine. It also includes practices viz. Acupressure, acupuncture, aromatherapy, or mind body approaches such as prayer, mental healing, meditation, etc.

Moreover, a lot of people around the world use Alternative medicines, for case in China it makes up for about 40% of healthcare delivered, in Africa 80% of the population uses it, about 48% Australians have used it at least once. In North America, 42% of USA and 70% of Canada have used it at least once. Usage is similar in Europe too, for example 75% of France has used it at least once.

Given the scientific research conducted on Alternative medicine till now, it appears that a sweeping statement would be a bit too far fetched. For example, verification in support of acupuncture, many herbal medicines and manual treatments does exist. Today, an insight exists that if something is natural or organic, it can't be harmful. This belief might not be true in all cases, e.g. Snake venom is all natural and organic, but is it safe for human consumption? From time to time herbs can be harmful by their very nature, e.g. kava and comfrey are herbs but still have been linked with liver damage.

At other times unsuitable regulation or administration of herbs and therapeutic procedures could render highly effective alternative treatments hazardous. Consider acupuncture, though it's been found to be effective, but if unsterilized needles are used it could lead to infection. Likewise, an overdo of Ephedra, a herbal medicine of respiratory clogging may lead to heart attacks, strokes and even death.

Forget herbs, an overdose of water too can lead to water intoxication and even death. Water is really useful substance. Herbs aren't an exception and some of them may even react undesirably with other conventional medication, or some might not be suitable for consumption during pregnancy. Often alternative medicines can work and many a times it doesn't, it often depends and varies from person to person. It is best to ask a doctor than to go in for self remedy.

However, adverse consequences of another treatments due to unsuitable administration, by no means entail that option treatments are unsafe by themselves. Rather, verified alternative medicines when appropriately administered, are not only safe, potent and cost effective, but also offer patients a choice. All in all, an absolute yes or no answer vis--vis safety and effectiveness of Alternative medicine doesn't exist. Pretentious quality formulation of Alternative medicines, they can either be a boon or a bane depending upon which treatments are administered, as also when and how they're used.