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58% of doctors use alternative medicine for their wellness, says report

5 Jul, 2019
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58% of doctors use alternative medicine for their wellness, says report

What would you do if you caught flu today? Rush to a doctor or maybe opt for an alternative therapist? Even though you would believe that going to the doctor is the best solution, however, your doctor, in case of his illness will go to an alternative healer- or so, says a recent report.

Don’t believe us? Go ahead and read further!

According to a recent study named, ‘Perception, attitude and usage of complementary and alternative medicine among doctors and patients in a tertiary care hospital in India’ which was published in the Indian Journal of pharmacology, said that the use of Complementary And Alternative Medicine (CAM) ” was more among doctors (58%) when compared with the patients (28%). Among doctors, those who had utilized CAM themselves recommended CAM as a therapy to their patients (52%) and enquired about its use from patients (37%) to a greater extent.”

This just goes to explain that its effective use can help in healing faster and for longer. The study proved that there was a lack of communication between doctors and patients regarding CAM which meant that there wasn’t a lot of awareness among patients. The study stated, “There is a lack of communication between doctors and patients regarding CAM, which may be improved by sensitization of doctors and inclusion of CAM in the medical curriculum.”

What do stats say?

“CAM was used concomitantly with allopathic medicine by 60% of patients. Very few patients (7%) were asked by their doctors about CAM use, and only 19% of patients voluntarily informed their doctors about the CAM they were using. Most patients who used CAM felt it to be more effective, safer, less costly and easily available in comparison to allopathic medicines,” says the study.

Ayurveda, Reiki, Yoga, Meditation, Homeopathy, Naturopathy or such fall under the tag of Alternative therapy. Looking at its popularity and the extensive usage of these, it has developed in a big way. One reason why a lot of people opt for alternative medicine is that it is said to be safe (without any side-effects) and highly effective. Moreover, in the longer run, these medications provide better results in feasible rates.

The idea is that alternative therapies deal with a particular disease in the dimension and not just physical traits but also, take note of a person’s mental, spiritual and social status.  Alternative therapies are not an option for traditional medicine but an accompaniment to make it work better and resolve a health issue.

Reference:

Roy, V., Gupta, M., & Ghosh, R. K. (2015). Perception, attitude and usage of complementary and alternative medicine among doctors and patients in a tertiary care hospital in India. Indian journal of pharmacology47(2), 137–142. doi:10.4103/0253-7613.153418

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