Opinion: Holistic Versus Conventional Medicine 

Delasia Vanterpool delves into the benefits and cons between holistic and conventional medicine./Knowles Wellness

By Delasia Vanterpool

   You always have “the talk” about what is better for personal treatments and health, either holistic healthcare or popping pills. Some have different views as to what medicines are the best, but I prefer holistic.

   Holistic Healthcare focuses on prevention and treats the problem in due time. Meanwhile, prescribed medication relieves the pain for that particular period of time and could lead to a dependency on the drug. Plants have been shown as effective in treating various conditions, including cancer, memory deficit and Alzheimer’s, atherosclerosis, diabetes, and other cardiovascular diseases, as reported by the National Library of Medicine

   Antioxidant activities of herbal medicines are effective in reducing the toxicities of toxic agents or other drugs. You can incorporate herbs, vegetables, fruits, and spices such as cloves, cinnamon, peppermint, oregano, thyme, and other ingredients, all dried and ground, in your daily regimens or meals. Clove has the highest antioxidant value and helps contain nutrients, protect against cancer, kill bacteria, improve liver health, regulate blood sugar, promote bone health, and may reduce stomach ulcers, as reported by the Nutrition Journal and  St. Johns Health

   Despite its benefits, herbal medicines can cause kidney failure and liver damage in some consumers because they contain toxic chemicals, heavy metals, or react harmfully with other drugs, a study has found. They may also produce negative effects such as allergic reactions, constipation, rashes, asthma, headaches, and other side effects.

   What I love to do every morning, besides drinking 16 oz of water, is to prepare an oatmeal breakfast with blueberries, strawberries, bananas, and a pinch of cinnamon to top it off. You can also accommodate your breakfast meal with a side of yogurt or a watermelon papaya smoothie.

    I have also tested out making the sclera part of my eyes bright or fixing the yellow stains that affect my sclera’s appearance. Before I share the medicine I found to cure this, I would like to say the yellow stains that could develop on your sclera don’t have a major effect on your eye health, it is simply known as yellow pigmentation or pinguecula. Studies have shown the “majority of those affected” are people of color due to the overproduction of melanin, their environment, and the diet they consume on a regular basis, according to an article by NVision Centers

   I just found this article to be very interesting because, arguably, the communities POC are put into are designed by the system to track their every movement, diet, activity, education, and other components of their lives. And the diseases that have come about are due to the debris coming from industrial areas POC are nearby. Articles have stated eye diseases are irreversible but, Sclera White Eye Brightening Formula by Success Chemistry has found another way with a formula that combines minerals and antioxidants like calcium, magnesium, grape seed extract, and other ingredients.

    Using this formula, I have truly found a difference in my eye health. I don’t have to hurt my eyes with eye drops anymore, I don’t wake up with any redness in my eyes, and this saves me money. Plus, I know that this will get twice the work done thanks to the organic ingredients they have provided me within each veggie capsule compared to sterilized water. 

   As mentioned before, holistic healthcare looks at the overall wellness of the patient. This includes any possible imbalances, such as issues with mental health and diet, and discussion on how to level out imbalances. For holistic practitioners, environmental and emotional influences are factors equally important to the well-being of a patient as physical components. 

    Meanwhile, conventional medicine looks at physical components, such as corporeal symptoms and genetics, for the causes of illness. A conventional doctor prescribes drugs and medicine that are tested and approved by experts in the relevant field. Since conventional medicine follows symptom-based therapy lines, these are fast-acting. In emergency cases, time makes a difference between life and death, and modern drugs can save lives in critical situations, according to Splendor of Youth.     

   Both systems have their own way of handling or curing ailments that bring harm to the human body, but it is up to the individual how they will treat their own body. Long-term or short-term treatments can both have a major impact on your health for better or for worse. 


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