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Conventional medicine has little to learn from alternative medicineSuppose you catch a sudden flu after a frantic night out what wouldbe your first treatment Do you rush to the pharmacist nearby or yourdoctor Or do you have a hot bath and relax sipping some herbal tea andpatiently wait until your body condition comes to normal believing in yournatural healing power of your body system Whatever you have in your mindalternative medicine is not such an alien method as some might reckonAs a matter of fact it is very deeply involved in our everyday life Itvaries from simple treatments such as aromatherapy to rather complicatedand somehow mystic ones like accupuncture and hypnotherapy It has sucha wide coverage that any method with no reference to institutionalizedmedical knowledge might well be called alternative medicine Alternativemedicine has indeed far longer history than conventional one that hadsprung from the formerOne of their differences is in their respective philosophy andmethodology Conventional medicine is mainly based on analytic andpositivistic approach toward human body Medical doctors regard a humanbody as a mechanism regulated by scientific law Human body is supposed tobe measured and controlled without exception in principle by scientificmethod and treatment just like any other material The present medicalinstitution is sustained by the strong belief in this positivisticapproach and philosophical attitude of mind-body dualism It developsitself by way of chemical and physical experiment and anatomy it demandsa strong evidence and proof Evidence in theory is the sole criterionto tell the science therefore conventional medicine from non-scienceOn the other hand alternative medicine shows totally different approachtowards human body and world itself sometimes Our body is regarded asa holistic organism with a strong or almost inseparable connection toour mind Physical disorders are mostly caused by the imbalance involvingthe whole person To cure means to regain our balance as a whole personnot only physically but also mentally Sometimes alternative medicinepractitioners approach is grounded on functionalism- functional effectsis enough to justify the value of any specific
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