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S.16/E.20

Comparing Medicine Types

This week we discuss the differences between conventional western medicine, functional medicine and complementary medicine.  We also will touch on the 42 different subsets of conventional medicine.

Western medicine refers to the traditional healthcare practices commonly used in the United States and much of the world. It relies on evidence-based methods to diagnose and treat symptoms and conditions. Healthcare providers in Western medicine use scientifically proven techniques to improve overall health. Examples of Western medicine include blood tests, X-rays, dietary changes, prescription medications, and surgical procedures.

Complementary medicine, on the other hand, involves treatments that supplement traditional Western medicine. These additional therapies are used alongside conventional treatments. You might also hear terms like “alternative medicine” or “holistic medicine” when referring to complementary approaches. Essentially, complementary medicine aims to enhance the effectiveness of Western medicine by incorporating other healing modalities.

In summary:

  • Western medicine: Evidence-based, scientifically proven methods.

  • Complementary medicine: Used alongside Western medicine to supplement treatment options

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