It has perhaps become time for conventional medicine to prove the science behind it by demonstrating non-toxic, successful and affordable outcomes for patients. In order to deal with the complexities of natural health, it is necessary to revisit scientific methods.
What we today call conventional medicine was, in fact, once known as rationalist medicine, while alternative medicine was known as empirical Medicine. Rationalist medicine – or allopathy – was based on reason and theory, while empirical medicine – or naturopathy – was based on the facts of real-life experiences and what worked.
Conventional medicine is continually changing with each latest breakthrough, and with each changing fashion, conventional medicine throws away outdated beliefs and replaces it with new ones. Conventional medicine is accepted and practiced until it is proved wrong or dangerous. Sometimes the abstract takes precedent over patients and, as a result, diagnosis is not always connected to the remedy and becomes more a matter of guesswork than science.
On the other hand, empirical medicine or natural health medicine requires that practitioners do their homework. They study their patients individually and take note of all contributing causes and symptoms, while observing the results of treatment carefully.
Prime examples of natural health are homeopathy and Chinese medicine as they both require physicians to seek new information based on their experience. Natural health is based on experience that is then consistently tested and refined. It is not reinvented and it is never discarded. Natural health methods don’t become outdated and they don’t become irrelevant. What was proven centuries ago is still proven today, and will be proven in the years to come.