At least people in countries such as Germany , where doctors demand that you hand over your illness insurance before they diagnose you and describe to you the most preferential treatment, can be assured that it can get worse. We understand the shortcomings of pharmaceuticals in that they counteract symptoms and do not address the cause yet to take an alternative stance without the knowledge of pharmacy is a very narrow and one-sided perspective. The future of Integrated Medicine lies in the publics demand for the combination of traditional, alternative medicine, Bio-technology and Nano-technology. While alternative medicine is gaining popularity amongst some groups in western countries, others critique its validity and question its efficacy.
With each changing fashion in medical thought, conventional medicine has to toss away its now outmoded orthodoxy and impose the new one, until it gets changed again. Although both of these disciplines are gaining acceptance in the greater traditional medical community, they are both still considered alternative. Hu said patients who choose alternative medicine as initial treatment for cancer make up only a small fraction of the total population of patients with cancer. The National Autistic Society said it was crucial for doctors to talk through the risks of alternative therapies.
For the patients who delayed surgery to undertake alternative treatments, the figures were 73.6% expected 10-year survival versus a 60% observed 10-year survival. Overall, those in the alternative treatment group were 2.5 times more likely to die within five years of treatment than the conventional group. Some people turn to alternative medicine because it aligns more closely with their worldview or their ancestral culture.
In 2003, a project funded by the CDC identified 208 condition-treatment pairs, of which 58% had been studied by at least one randomized controlled trial (RCT), and 23% had been assessed with a meta-analysis 211 According to a 2005 book by a US Institute of Medicine panel, the number of RCTs focused on CAM has risen dramatically. For some people western medicine is too focused on individual problems and not on health as a whole.
Certain authorities have warned that some of the herbs used could be poisonous, and there are a host of people saying that this form of alternative medicine is a rip off, and that if anyone should want to go down this route of alternative medicine is that they should double check what they are taking. Other offerings include art therapy, yoga classes, trained dogs for petting and for every patient who declines the melodious intrusion — and there are many — several others accept.