I’m often fascinated by the fact that conventional medicine and alternative, or holistic, medicine each consider themselves to be preferable forms of health care. I would suspect that neither thinks that the other truly understands the big picture or is the cure-all it wants to be. However, I would argue that one’s personal health receives maximum benefit when one considers that both schools of treatment have valid points and uses.
Many people who openly consider alternative treatments to be quackery point to the fact that conventional medicine is based in science. They claim that this automatically gives it far more respectability and weight. However, proponents of alternative medicine counter that conventional medicine is far too narrow-minded in its definition of health, and that science is merely an excuse for failing to recognize a patient’s whole being.