Is the obsession with new age medicine creating more stress than it’s worth?
Since the beginning of time people have been obsessed with exotic herbs and medicines. Chinese medicine has placed a big foot in the West – and it’s understandable – especially for people desperate for a cure and unable to find it in Western medicines.
Many times people may suffer mentally – and we all know about the power of the mind – and how powerful it can be in helping us heal. Since the Western world still knows very little about the mind we must not find it difficult to understand why people go towards exotic solutions.
From witch doctors and shamans to herbs from the furthest reaches of the Earth – there is great belief in the esoteric healing power that comes from thousands of years of learning. Of course the question is – these antidotes that are found through the old world’s with doctors – are they really backed up by any science – or is the majority of their help based on the placebo effect.
It is true that the placebo effect plays a large part in recovery – however it is also unfair to attribute the placebo effect to those that live in the olden world and dismiss it in the Western world. The many posters and certificates of achievement, university degrees that hang on the walls of doctors is more than enough to create a placebo effect in the patient – the doctor knows this to some extent and would not encourage against it. The entire Western treatment system lends itself to the placebo effect just as much as the Eastern world.
So the only thing that can be looked at is high volume studies on what works for people and what doesn’t. After all we have to look at the recovery rates of people under different treatments and see which ones work best. The challenge though is that the Eastern way of medicine focuses on a holistic approach to health while the Western approach looks at only being able to heal someone without looking at other parts of their life.
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