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Created by : Deepak Kumar Singh, General Practitioner, Apollo Group  | 11 10 2008 12:48:00 +0000
Industry : HospitalsFunctional Area : Innovation(Strategy & Execution)
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As you are aware of every time you get sick you will soon run to a doctor for a treatment or for the cure, is it really curing you, the doctors only give you a drug, which for the time being you will be cured which is Conventional medicine, but then you fall sick again and again in future don't you agree with me. So there is a thing called Alternative medicine which is mainly Homeopathy, Ayurveda and acupuncture to name a few by which you enhance the immunity for a particular sickness and make sure you never get that in future, So which is Better Conventional or Alternative and when and where exactly both forms of medicine is useful, this is a debatable topic so do give in your views guys..



 
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Alternative medicine has got its own advantages. Of course it heals the diseases from its root but more than that alternative medicines like Ayurveda give more emphasis to prevemttion. it teach us how to build immunity by mantainin a desciplined life style which include daily routine, food and exercise.

Ofcourse no one can denay the efficsy of conventional medicines in handling the situations like emergency managment, surgical management and managment of acute conditions. Other than this many of the chemical compounts using inthe conventional treatments are harmaful in long run or in other ways. In the sense it is capable of producing other side effects or othe diseases.

There fore it is always better to depend on alternative medicine. Even though some one is using conventional medicines as an emergency, it is always better to be followed with alternative medicines.


By dularimanikkathramakrishnan , Medical Officer, Kerala Ayurveda Limited  05 17 2009 12:23:56 +0000
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Though both have their positive, it is always safe to trust in one which we know more about them, thus we can use alternative medicine when we had a wide knowledge about them.
By umesh , B.Tech/B.E. student, anna university, coimbatore  | 11 05 2009 14:58:00 +0000
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Alternative medicine (AM) sure has its place in treatment/healthcare promotion. As one of the writers for this debate has mentioned, AM is more of a discipline in maintaining a life style for preventative measure, than a 'set-up' treatment protocol itself. Were as, Conventional medicine (CM) is absolute in emergency care, surgical modalities of treatment and often in acute & chronic care. A great number of todays sub-acute to chronic conditions are a result of defective or ineffective life-style practices or changes. A totally disciplined and controlled life-style is a difficult expectation from our patients in current times. Therefore the requirement of CM is an absolute necessity, more than an alternative.

Yes, agreed that there are side/adverse effects involved in some medications, but a lot of these medicines are derivatives of plant glycosides, herbal extracts, naturally growing fungi and other eco-friendly flora and fauna. There are many choices in using various medicines for the same curative purposes too. So there are many ways to minimize adverse or side effects. But the bottom line is the good effects of these medicines out-weigh the side effects.


By Mahboob Nawaz, Physician, Eastern Healthcare  | 08 20 2009 15:31:06 +0000
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i  think there is some anomaly in answering the question.Because as u see there is lot happening in the conventional medicines like new techniques in surgeries,use of immunoglobulins,genomics to target the specific disease areas etc.These kind of projects are raking in billions of rupees.And its not for nothing.Results are optimistic in conventional therapies.On the other hand in alternate medicines nothing has taken place since ages.Same old methods of treatments are continuing.That itself expains how much faith people have on altenate medicines.No breakthrough studies are available.Long term studies are not there.Dont know how can a 21st century man follow a therapy that has no scientific studies to back them on a long run basis.


By AMIT KATOCH, Freelancer, Freelancer  | 08 03 2009 06:17:28 +0000
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I think Conventional medicine is better for many diseases as compared to alternative medicine.  Actually no system is perfect for all types of diseases.  Usually a person should choose that which seems to him the best. Conventional medicine is fast, effective and easily available.  There is more research in conventional medicine than any other system.  Conventional medicine is best for some acute cases like heart attack, asthma, increase in glucose in cases of diabetic patients etc.  The long term management can be managed by other systems like homeopathy, ayurveda etc.  Usually conventional system cures all the types of conditions but in some cases other systems can be tried of.


By Mohan Dusa, Senior Pharmacist, Mumbai Port Trust Hospital  | 08 02 2009 08:06:52 +0000
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allopathy is simply & better treatment for any diseases


By raghunath , Business Analyst, manipal hospital  | 08 02 2009 07:18:24 +0000
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People should take conventional medicine, because these were discovered uopn long trials and safety parameters are accepted and guaranted. Alternative medicine sometimes may be non-specific.


By Suchandra , Academic, Director Pharmacy Lucknow  | 06 02 2009 10:15:45 +0000
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For an immediate relief conventional medicine is best.....Why carry the pain and suffer for months or years with alternative medicine when convectional medicine can heal you in few days ???


By Sovan Maiti, Product Development Manager, Care Biomedicals  | 04 30 2009 14:56:08 +0000
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The main objective of a Doctor is to get his patients back on his/her feet and whatever it takes to get his patients back to normal is important. I guess it should be a mix of both Allopathic and Traditional medication, that will help patients much more than a particular treatment regime. Some Allopathic medication offer cures, but most of them offer only symptomatic relief. Where as there are certain medications in traditional medicines, especially realted to GI ailments where cure are available. Example If a patient has Jaundice/ Hepatitis..there is no sure shot cure offered by any medication. Allopathic Doctors prescribe L-O-L-A or some other tonics to lower SGPT /SGOT levels, but in case of Unani medication..there is cure. We take another example of Sinusitis- there is no specific treatment to cure sinusitis, but Traditional medicines do offer cures as in case of both Ayurvedic /Unani. Likewise in case of Cardiac ailments, there are specific treatments in Allopathic medication but Traditional Medications are not very successful in that. Mixed treatments are the ones which will maximize patient outcomes.

 


By Chandra Shekhar Banerjee, Director- Operations, Insignia Communiactions Pvt Ltd  | 02 27 2009 15:44:48 +0000
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The main objective of a Doctor is to get his patients back on his/her feet and whatever it takes to get his patients back to normal is important. I guess it should be a mix of both Allopathic and Traditional medication, that will help patients much more than a particular treatment regime. Some Allopathic medication offer cures, but most of them offer only symptomatic relief. Where as there are certain medications in traditional medicines, especially realted to GI ailments where cure are available. Example If a patient has Jaundice/ Hepatitis..there is no sure shot cure offered by any medication. Allopathic Doctors prescribe L-O-L-A or some other tonics to lower SGPT /SGOT levels, but in case of Unani medication..there is cure. We take another example of Sinusitis- there is no specific treatment to cure sinusitis, but Traditional medicines do offer cures as in case of both Ayurvedic /Unani. Likewise in case of Cardiac ailments, there are specific treatments in Allopathic medication but Traditional Medications are not very successful in that. Mixed treatments are the ones which will maximize patient outcomes.

 


By Chandra Shekhar Banerjee, Director- Operations, Insignia Communiactions Pvt Ltd  | 02 27 2009 15:44:42 +0000
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Yes conventional medicine is better than alternative as the other person is suggesting that alternative is good and all but alternative medicine like homeopathy and ayurveda it takes time because to get healed by the natural resources it takes time and majority of people have no time these days to go for alternative medicine, it might only work in few cases as of now, so my vote is for Conventional medicine.

By Amit Madhav, Senior Consultant, GKC  | 11 10 2008 12:56:10 +0000
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Obviously conventional is better because whenever you get sick the first person you go to is a nearby doctor who sees your symptoms and then prescribes you medication by which you get well very soon enough in my experience and resume your day to day activities as soon as possible, but then Alternative medicine like Homeopathy and others are also useful in some cases where there is no cure from conventional medicine so both forms have their own way of advantages.

By Deepak Kumar Singh, General Practitioner, Apollo Group  | 11 10 2008 12:52:11 +0000
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Alternative medicine is the best one,which has several advantages like no sideffects,safer to use,low cost.the only disadvantage is it will never cure quickly ,it will take longer duration to cure the diseases.But atlast it will cure totally.
By Thyagarajan , QC executive  | 11 07 2009 18:14:05 +0000
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The objective of Total Wellness Programs is to provide the best preventive health measures with a holistic approach which are rooted in tradition & spirituality. There are links with religion & pilgrimage Wellness is a journey not a destination. The ancient Indian techniques of Ayurveda, Aromatherapy, Massage, Yoga, Herbal Medicine and Meditation are a perfect dose for those interested in alternative methods of achieving life-long health and feed their inner self. These techniques are also the most important preventive measures with which to combat the malaises of everyday life. . Indian Ayurveda pre-dates most other systems of wellness.
By Jatinder Kapur, Associate Professor, Federation of Hotels and Restaurants Associations of India Institute of Hospitality Management  | 11 03 2009 14:34:05 +0000
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i think conventional medicines r natural aa other living things doesnt require any chemical formula as treatment we should not needdd..........


By Dr.Anjali Pramod Walunje, MBA/PGDM student, Hnimr  | 08 01 2009 12:01:18 +0000
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IN the recent days, herbal medicines have got popularity all over the world. Ayurveda, Accupressure, Accupuncture, Reiky, Marma treatments, Pranayama and other naturatharepy medicines have gained popularity western world.

In India also people are slowly understanding the power and effectiveness of Ayurveda, Marma medicines and Pranayama treatment. These treatments are safe, without any side effect and absolutely effective. They have even claimed to cure diseases like Cancer, HIV, and Hepatitis.


By Kaushik Dutta, Product Development Manager, Biocon  | 07 31 2009 12:02:14 +0000
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Alternative medicine cures the disease right from the root level eventhough it takes some time.  But conventional medicine's only principle is to suppress all symptoms and diseases each and every time.


By Pradeep Kumar, Doctor, Private Clinic  | 07 31 2009 11:22:59 +0000
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Both are useful, but some Alternative Medicines are better than allopathic Medicines. I am a general practitioner of Alternative Medicines. I have experienced knowledge in Homoeopathy, Electro-Homoeopathy, and Herbal Medicines.


By Dayamoyee Mondal, General Practitioner, Physician of Alternative Medicines (Private Practitioner)  | 06 01 2009 12:54:20 +0000
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Does COMMON COLD have a cure till date? Does a viral fever never strike you?? Well well, an interesting debate here.

I believe in NO MEDICINE at all. Why should you take medicines at all? You have an immune system in built in your body, why not use it? easier said than done. But personally I believe in Ayurveda.

Its solely because it uses naturally available resources to act on external factors. Did you know that by BLOOD LETTING a skin disease can be kept away?? Well experience speaks. Did you know that mercury HG has amazing results on your body when consumed?? Any alteration to good health can be easily dealt with in Ayurveda.

Personal opinion.

 


By Makrand Bhave, AGM - Corporate Business, E18, part of Network 18 Group  | 05 19 2009 03:37:16 +0000
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yes i too agree with others here...as conventional medicine cures the disease for the time being,,,but the alternative medicines like ayurveda where herbs are used removes them from the root....and i too didn't believe in this but then when i had been to my native few months back there was some plant where people used to chew them and it was having a very foul smell..and i asked them how will you people eat something that tastes so bad...but then came the answer which gave me the shock of the life time, they said if one eats that plant leaves for once then you can be sure that you will be free from fever and other small things like cold and cough for the next five years it is that effective...so it changed my complete view about these things..so i too agree that alternative medicine is better than the conventional ones...........


By Pragya Kothari, Construction-Heavy, DLF  | 05 18 2009 12:26:51 +0000
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I Fully support the comments


By SUGATHAN , Senior Compliance analyst, Ariva med data infotec pvt ltd  | 04 30 2009 10:07:29 +0000
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Alternative medicine is always better because it is based on time tested techniques and is safe with no side effects. Whereas allopathy is still fluid in terms of safety records and also has a lot of attendent side effects. Usually medicines in allopathy consists of antibiotics and strong chemicals that not only harm the human immune system but also brings in long term damage to the internal organs.

Vicks action 500 is banned globally but we continue to use the same in india.

Alternative medicine usually consists of roots and herbs found abundantly in nature and hence is more beneficial for long term health.


By Jaygopal Raghavan, Marketing Manager, Landmark Group  | 03 31 2009 11:31:28 +0000
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I vote for alternative medicines, being immune to the disease is what I prefer than suffering months after months.


By Jayant Vishnu, Art Director/Sr Art Director, Creative  | 03 31 2009 10:35:06 +0000
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I just want to point ou this two arguments for

Alternative medicine by Amit chaudhry
No Conventional medcine just cures at that point of time by just boosting your immunity against that cause but then after some days you are again prone to the same sickness and the same best example is common cold which you get regularly, So Alternative medicine is better it just makes your body more immune to a particular problem where in future you wont be that susceptible the cause.

Conventional medicine by Amit Madhav

"Yes conventional medicine is better than alternative as the other person is suggesting that alternative is good and all but alternative medicine like homeopathy and ayurveda it takes time because to get healed by the natural resources it takes time and majority of people have no time these days to go for alternative medicine, it might only work in few cases as of now, so my vote is for Conventional medicine."

For an emergency conventional medicine is good but for a long and healthy life alternative medicine like homeopathy and ayurveda is way better.
For me both are better in one or the other way. Being a general practitioner I cant say that convectional medicine is better than alternative medicine nor I would say alternative medicine is better than convectional.


By Ratnakar Naik, General Practitioner, Apollo Group  | 03 31 2009 10:27:30 +0000
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I agree with elumalai that no benefit exists in using the highly toxic drugs for eczema pushed by conventional medicine. Homeopathy has better results without the use of harmful products.

 


By Sanjay Saha, Product/Brand Manager, Dr Reddy Labs  | 03 25 2009 07:02:45 +0000
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I support Alternative medicines.  Certinally it improves immune system and cures the diseases, where as Allopathy gives short term relief to symptoms.
By Elumalai. P, Director - Marketing  | 12 19 2008 12:32:39 +0000
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No Alternative medicine is better because at some point of time your body gets immune to the conventional medicine that you are taking, then the cells get mutated and at some point of time conventional medicine won't work and you have to go for another medicine and by doing this you will land up having many side effects, so according to me Alternative medicine is the way to go even if it takes time it gives you long and permanent cure.
By Alapati Bhaskar, Senior Consultant, IML  | 11 10 2008 12:58:38 +0000
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No Conventional medcine just cures at that point of time by just boosting your immunity against that cause but then after some days you are again prone to the same sickness and the same best example is common cold which you get regularly, So Alternative medicine is better it just makes your body more immune to a particular problem where in future you wont be that susceptible the cause.


By amit chaudhry, Senior Consultant, IML  | 11 10 2008 12:54:39 +0000
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