What are your thoughts on alternative medicine?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My own view is that alternative medicine is acceptable for those who believe in it.

My view is that people in the West today sometimes feel that science has taken over to an excessive degree.  They feel that our whole world has become filled with technology and science until there is less room for human feelings and the “human factor.”  They feel that medicine has become like this.  They feel that doctors today are less inclined to look at them as human beings.  Instead, doctors look at them like scientific problems to be solved.  Therefore, people turn to alternative medicines that seem more “natural” and more focused on the whole human being.

There is nothing wrong with that so long as they are not ignoring scientific medicine and using only alternative medicines. There are research studies being funded by universities and the National Institute of Health that are quantifying the objective benefits of various modes of alternative health care.

I, personally, am a skeptic about alternative medicine and, therefore, I do not use it.  However, I think that it is okay if some people feel that it can help them.