Alternative medicine – The pathway towards future medical treatment

With the start of the new year, many people are taking a serious look at their health and are motivated towards greater well-being, choosing to take care of themselves in a gentle manner that is non-evasive.

Armed with the power of the internet, the majority are also taking control of what works best for them.

Alternative medicine is becoming mainstream at a rapid rate, with doctors getting more requests for referrals and even combining them in their everyday medical practices.

Poomany (Linda) Naidoo, an ethnomedicine practitioner based in KwaDukuza, uses herbal medicine (including cannabis), reflexology and counselling to treat her patients.

“I begin with counselling and then assess what the patient requires, this has no time limit. It is important to look at the patient as an individual and take their lifestyle into consideration.

“We come up with a manageable plan and it doesn’t end there as we also do follow-ups especially with serious cases. When the patient and myself, a natural health practitioner work together, we become co-facilitators.

“That relationship is important because they are not just a clinical case and it helps them become motivated to heal and change. Our treatments are generally more affordable than conventional medical treatments and natural is always preferred.

Ethnomedicine Practitioner, Poomany (Linda) Naidoo, in consultation with her patient, Ms Pearl Khumalo, an Educator by profession.

Alternative medicine uses ingredients found in nature in the form of herbs and supplements which can be taken as capsules, creams, powders, teas and oils.

Other examples of popular alternative medicine treatments deal directly with contact of the body such as reflexology.

Ethnomedicine is a system that applies to both art and science to help the human body restore its health and well-being.

It looks at an individual as a whole human being, considering health, illness, body, mind and spirit in a holistic way.

Herbal medicine uses plants such as leaves, roots, and flowers to stimulate the body’s self-healing capabilities to counter-act physical symptoms and boost the body’s immunity. According to the World Health Organisation, it is estimated that 80% of the world’s population use herbal medicine.

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Conventional medicine treats the symptoms rather than focusing on the root cause, prevention of diseases and sustenance of health.

It has been theorised that cancers, strokes and life-threatening diseases can be made more manageable using alternative medicine. Cannibis oil is also known for its miracle healing capabilities.
One should always use medications in the correct dosage as prescribed by an alternative health practitioner since they are trained to give out expert advice.

Natural compounds, although they have no or fewer side effects compared to mainstream medicine, can be toxic if consumed in the wrong dosage.

“I advise people when considering treatment to make sure that the practitioner is accredited since they will be doing important health assessments. I also work in conjunction with the medical doctors where applicable.”

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