Combining natural and western medicine is fast becoming the norm in many areas. There have been many terms coined to refer to this joining of practices, such as integrative medicine. Each has its benefits and when combined, these benefits are transferred to the patient.
Western medicine is referred to as modern or traditional medicine. It is based almost entirely on science and focuses primarily on the healing of the body and the mind.
This type of medicine has been around for centuries and relies on the history and therapies used throughout civilization to heal not just the physical, but also mental and spiritual ills. Natural medicine is also known as alternative and traditional medicine.
With integrative medicine the best aspects of both methods are used to heal. Years ago the very thought of these two types of medicine forming an alliance was laughable, but not so anymore. Many patients and their doctors have happily combined the best of both worlds when treating certain illness.
Many ancient forms of Chinese medicine including acupuncture are now widely accepted in the treatment of illnesses and addictions. The medicinal properties of herbs used across the globe have influenced many treatment methods. Herbs are now being used for many ailments ranging from fertility issues to skin complaints and weight loss.
The scientific community has noticed this convergence between traditional and modern medicine and has been more than willing to get in on the action. Herbal remedies that are now available from major companies is case in point. Research is underway as new herbs are examined in labs to find out how to use them to treat common diseases.
In many countries such as the USA, acupuncture is regulated and many practitioners of the ancient healing method have to be certified. The successful outcomes for patients when natural and modern medicines are used together are being hailed across the globe.