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Can You Combine Modern Medicine & Alternative Treatment?

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For numerous decades, prescription drugs and improvements in medical treatment have helped individuals avoid disability and death as a result of disease, cut total treatment costs, and reduced mortality rates from heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other dangerous diseases.


Modern medicine has done much in the fields of infectious diseases and emergencies to aid cure. It has given many with chronic inflammation and other autoimmune disorders a new lease in life, treating conditions and alleviating symptoms. 


Combining Modern Medicine with Alternative Treatment

Integrative medicine is a medical strategy that integrates mainstream treatment with alternative treatments that have been scientifically proven to be safe and effective. This method frequently emphasizes the patient's choices and tries to treat both the mental and physical elements of wellness.


Patients are more frequently turning towards this form of medicine, as they recognize that much orthodox prescribing is based on placating symptoms with little focus on cure or treatment of the underlying cause. It’s no wonder why.


The combination of alternative treatment and modern medicine revolves around these principles:

  • Use of both conventional and alternative medicines to treat the patient

  • An emphasis on non-invasive treatments, whenever possible

  • The commitment to ensuring that medical diagnoses and treatments are based on scientifically sound research

  • Consideration of all factors that influence health, wellness, and disease

  • An emphasis on health promotion and illness prevention through healthy living


Doctors are now adopting evidence-based alternative medicines, frequently combining them with conventional treatments to cure disease and preserve health. This is an extremely popular specialty among physicians because it combines the best practices of conventional medicine with a number of proven effective complementary and alternative therapies to benefit the patient.

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Lack of Side-Effects Using Alternative Treatments

Prescription drugs heal us when we're sick, ease our pain when we ache, and prevent or control long-term conditions. But sometimes, even when they do the job they're supposed to, they have unwelcome side effects.


When NSAIDs and other strong prescription medicines are taken on a regular basis for a lengthy period of time, as is frequently the case with chronic pain, the risk of adverse effects increases. Evidence shows that the risk of related problems rises with age.


Some of the most prevalent adverse effects are as follows:

  • stomach irritation and ulcers

  • Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding

  • Increased potential for bruising

  • Exacerbation of asthma symptoms

  • Increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and blood clots

  • Increased trigger of inflammation, swelling, and flare ups


Prescription medication is not a permanent solution especially for pain relief. With more and more research coming out that modern medicine can do more harm in the body when taken long-term, safer options are becoming more available as well. 

Most alternative treatments use natural ingredients and organic herbs to deliver high quality results without harmful side effects. The benefits without the harm is the main draw of integrating modern medicine with alternative treatments.

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Moringa has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of acute inflammatory diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and chronic pain in studies. Moringa's mix of vital amino acids, antioxidants, and phytonutrients is equally as effective as anti-inflammatory medications in reducing inflammation.


Half of the world's population uses some type of alternative medicine on an annual basis. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, over 30% of American people use health care techniques that are not generally associated with mainstream medicine because of its lack of side effects compared to modern medicine such as NSAIDs, steroids, and other anti-inflammatory drugs.


Stopping your prescription medicine abruptly may not only have a negative impact on your condition, but it may also be hazardous. Supplementing with natural herbs can move you off certain medications with fewer side-effects. 

Written by Chloe Ramirez, MS, RDN, LD on April 1, 2020 — Medically reviewed by Gerald Jude, R.D., CDE


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