Natural Medicine: Why Becoming Popular in Australia?
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#1 Jan 31, 2014
Natural medicine differs from conventional medicine where we treat symptoms with drugs to suppress the illness. On the other hand, naturopathy, looks at the body as a unit of harmony. Natural medicine courses look to bring the entire body back to its balance.
When a patient comes in with a condition to a naturopath he looks at the underlying cause, and corrects it. So that the patient gets well, and may not need any medication further for the same condition. Whereas, conventional medicine practice cannot guarantee the same.
Natural medicine can be more effective and without the horrible side effects as compared to conventional treatments. Actually, traditional medicines are designed to stimulate, inhibit, or kill the symptoms (like antibiotics). However, naturopathic courses contain natural substances and various studies have shown that these remedies can actually reverse the diseases and/or conditions.
Along with that massage courses and acupuncture are also becoming popular nowadays. Massage and acupuncture is about energy flow through the body. There are 12 meridians for energy flow through the body and when they get blocked the body gets ill. Hence, acupuncture and massage courses look to alleviate these blockages of energy.
Similarly, herbal medicines can bring the body back into balance through normalisation, but conventional medications can promote imbalance.
Naturopathic courses are often referred to as alternative medication techniques. However, with the pace these therapies are becoming mainstream nowadays, the term Alternative for them will get replaced by Conventional. With the spread of awareness about the holistic treatment, the boundaries between alternative and mainstream medicine are becoming blurred.
Natural medicine, alternative medicine, naturopathy, integrated medicine, etc. are the terms that refer to treatments that are non-conventional. Unfortunately, some people falsely assume that this means they do not work. Well, this is a misrepresentation. And there is adequate amount of research to back up the holistic treatments such as naturopathy, nutritional medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic treatment, Ayurveda, and homeopathy for instance.
Researchs show that in developed countries, the use of alternative medicine is growing steadily, and is now well over 40%. In fact, in the United States, it is well over 70% which also includes prayers. Without prayer, the figure is around 50%.
Nowadays, various colleges and universities in Australia are offering naturopathy course such as bachelor of naturopathy, bachelor of nutritional medicine, and other courses for naturopathy degree in Perth. Along with these you can also opt for the diploma or certificate naturopathy and massage courses.
Also today, more hospitals than ever are offering non-conventional treatments. Unfortunately, still plenty of traditional doctors and lobby groups such as Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM) criticise natural medicine and claim that there has not been sufficient research and study done for these treatments. Well this may be because natural medicine poses a potential threat for their power base and the trillion-dollar pharmaceutical industry in Australia.
But, for now, the prevalence of alternative, natural and complementary treatments is on the rise. And if it might have been illegitimate, would it have become famous so rapidly?
Paramount College of natural medicine is the torch bearer of naturopathy and alternative medicine in Australia. To pursue a bright career in any of the forms of alternative medicine call 1300-628-633 today.
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