I have never considered alternative medicine, that is until a few weeks ago but I still wasn’t convinced. I’m pretty clued up on what’s scientifically proven and what isn’t. For example: Magnets for health are bullshit, hypnotherapy doesn’t actually exists – it’s a con-artists trick done with people who are willing take part and as for anti-ageing products? – there is nothing in them to stop your skin from ageing.
Alternative medicine includes things like Acupuncture · Anthroposophic medicine · Ayurveda · Chiropractic · Herbalism · Homeopathy · Naturopathy · Siddha medicine · Traditional medicine
(Chinese · Mongolian · Tibetan) · Unani.
However, I am keen on nature and I do know that some herbs can be beneficial to certain ailments. It’s something I’ve grown up with.
It’s no secret that I suffer from depression, but these past few months – it’s taken a dive again. Been to the doctors and all that jazz but whilst waiting for the rise in my anti-depressants to kick in; my mum handed me a leaflet for a Chinese Medicine place in town.
I was very skeptical as most of what they offer is stuff I know very well doesn’t work. But one thing they do offer is Herbalism. Chinese Herbalism of course. Researched proved unfruitful, all advertising and information – nothing scientific.
After a few days, I decided to ask my good friend John – he and I are on the same wave length on most things but initially he hadn’t much more of a clue than me. And then – one of the podcasts he listens to put out an article on this very subject. And that really put it all in perspective.
The basics are this: Traditional Chinese Medicine does work – but not as well as modern medicine. All traditional Chinese medicine in the west come from a book called A Barefoot Doctor’s Manual which was only intended to be used in China’s poorer regions where modern medical care wasn’t readily available – furthermore, it was more of first aid and therefore a doctor would advise you to go to hospital or into the city for modern medicine if the ailment was serious. Very few people were treated by traditional Chinese medicine alone – it was simply a way to get affordable medical care, quickly to people in villages – and the book ALWAYS recommends that you take the modern medicine where available.
The publishers however are a big part in the illusion because if you pick up a copy of this book today, all mentions of taking the modern medicine where possible have been erased – making it seem like traditional Chinese medicine is some form of high wisdom – it’s not, it’s just the old way of treating things – which have been far improved with modern medicine.
Needless to say – I passed. Modern medicine please!
Have you ever used any alternative medicine? If so what and why? I’m interested!