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General Medicine
Holistic Integrated Therapies 05 August 2018

General Medicine

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General Medicine

 

Traditional medicine is mainly focused on the art of diagnosis and treatment with medications.

  • A clinical diagnosis, which is the identification of the nature and cause of a certain phenomenon, can be determined by a set of symptoms and signs a patient presents.
  • In conventional medicine, the symptoms are treated mainly with medications, the majority of which are chemicals. Most of them are synthetically designed and manufactured. These chemical molecules are transported in the blood to the target organs, but they also reach other corners of the body and can, therefore, produce a wide range of side effects.

Conventional medicines can be very helpful in acute conditions such as pain due to physical trauma or many infections. They are also life-saving in situations such as heart attacks, sepsis, blood clots, where rapid acting medication make a real difference. However, in chronic diseases, conventional medicines alone may not be fully effective and may cause many side effects.

From my point of view, the best treatment is combining the best of conventional medicine with complementary therapies because the right combination will provide you with the most benefits and the least side effects.

This is not always as easy as a wide knowledge of both fields is required. It is here where the importance of Integrated Holistic Medicine is noticeable.

 

For example Recurrent infections:

Infections can be caused by bacteria or viruses. It is our immune system that fights against them producing cells which destroy dangerous bacteria and viruses. Our body needs to raise its temperature to increase the production of these cells. If our immune system fails, the infection spreads and may cause sepsis and eventually death if not treated correctly.

So, if you take drugs, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, (when not indicated) to stop the fever, you are also stopping your immune system from producing the necessary immune cells. If you take antibiotics, when not indicated, you will not only eliminate your "good bacteria", but also help “bad bacteria” becoming resistant against it. Antibiotics are only indicated in bacterial infections, not in viral infections as viruses are not affected by this type of medicine.

So, if you stop the fever and take antibiotics every time you have an infection, your immune system will not be able to work properly and bacteria will become harder to eliminate.

So, what should you do?

    • Seek medical attention if any doubt arises.
    • Use antibiotics only when indicated.
    • Add holistic medicine to strengthen your immune system, so you will stop suffering from recurrent infections.
    • Use complementary medicine to ameliorate the symptoms, and help you recover more quickly.

 

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Last modified on 03 June 2019
Dr Saskia H. Kloppenburg Vieth

Consultant in General Internal Medicine and Specialist in Complementary Cancer Care
MBBS, MRCIM (Spain), MSc Homeopathy, MFHom, Master practitioner in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Neurolinguistic Programming, MSc in Nutrition
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Integrative medicine Doctor and Holistic Medicine Practitioner

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