• A medical model of
for diagnosing and
• A system in which
medical doctors and other
(such as nurses,
symptoms and diseases
using drugs, radiation, or
In some Asian and African countries, up to 80% of the population relies on traditional
medicine for their primary health care needs. Practices known as traditional medicines
include Ayurveda, ancient Iranian medicine, Islamic medicine, traditional Chinese
medicine, traditional Korean medicine, acupuncture and traditional African medicine. In
the written record, the study of herbs dates back 5,000 years to the ancient Sumerians,
who described well-established medicinal uses for plants.
At the turn of the century, the rejection of synthetic or biomedical products has become a
growing trend in Western society and allowed for a rise in the demand for natural
medicines. It is estimated that over 50% of the world’s population relies on folk medicine
practices. Much of today's modern medicine though is previously based on plants that had
been long used in folk medicine.
• Conventional medicine is the type of medicine that the people who
control the medical education system have deemed to be the most
appropriate system of medical care. In the United States,
conventional medicine consists primarily of drugs and surgery, which
are the most widely used treatment modalities. Other treatments
such as nutritional therapy and herbal medicine, are not generally
considered to be a part of conventional medicine, even though they
have been shown to be safe, effective, and relatively inexpensive.
• Conventional medicine applies to the medicine that graduates of
traditional medical schools. When you go to your doctor, for the most
part you will be prescribed conventional medicine. Conventional
medicine does not include homeopathy, accupuncture,
aromatherapy. That is not to say there is not a place for these
treatments in certain patients.
• Conventional medicine involves regular medical doctors and general
medical practices such as cardiology, gastroenterology, psychiatry,
etc. Cardiologists and general physicians now regularly use fish oil
to improve heart health. Also digitalis used as a leaf had been used
for centuries to treat certain heart problems. Modern medicine has
been using it as a regular, conventional medication (in the form of a
pill). As medicine evolves more complementary therapies may
become conventional and the two may merge into one.
Conventional medicine generally uses an approach of
diagnosing a symptom or set of symptoms, and then
prescribing a treatment or product to address the symptoms.
A Conventional Medical Consultation generally varies from
$45.00 to $60.00 for a 15 minute consultation. Initial
consultations for new patients usually last between 30 and 45