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Alyssa Stewart
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9-12-12
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Alternative herbal medicine is a much more health conscious way of healing than conventional medicine. Typical practices that doctors use today involve antibiotics: a quick fix, which I call the “Band-Aid” method. It is a way to cover up or hide the problems. Alternative medicine is quite the opposite and includes many forms such as acupuncture, Chinese herbs, vitamins, supplements, chiropractic, aromatherapy, massage, and homeopathic medicine. Its basis is founded on bringing harmony to the body in order to promote optimal health. The biggest difference in the two forms of medicine is the focus of the way that treatments are taken care of. The benefit of natural healing is that it gets to the root of the problem. It actually cures the disease or discomfort and treats the body as a whole. Treating the body as a whole includes taking into account every aspect and looking at each issue with a multifaceted view instead of treating a collection of symptoms. Herbal medicine is definitely not a mere “cover-up” way of healing like the controversial antibiotics today, which tend to cause more problems than benefits. Medical doctors use a system that considers the disease or symptom to be the actual problem, as opposed to addressing the underlying causes. Even cancerous cells are often the result of amounts of antibiotics left in the body. I know firsthand that conventional ways such as chemotherapy and many other well trusted medical services come with risks. Chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery douse the body with more toxins chemicals, often times slowing the healing process because toxins caused the cancer in the first place! In fact, chemo has a shockingly and very terrible efficiency rate of only five percent. Unfortunately, my grandmother, aunt, and great uncle all fell into the unlucky ninety percent. This is one reason of why I am so passionate to not only help every person who has cancer to find a way...
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