Egyptian Physicians were able to study physiology (the functioning of the living body), too, because a Pharaoh condoned the dissection of condemned prisoner, while they were still alive.
This meant the functioning and structure of organs could be examined in vivo.
They were also well endowed with plants and minerals and became knowledgeable in the use of antiseptics and preservatives, as evidenced by their success in mummification. Their records were excellent and much of their knowledge was written down.
Modern Western Medicine started with the discovery of the microscope and other instruments used to study the human body. Instead of looking at the body as a whole, it began by dividing it into systems like the digestive, nervous, circulatory, reproductive, skeletomuscular, hormonal, systems. If any of these systems had any abnormalities, remedies were used to treat only the symptoms of the disease.
Western Medicine is excellent for acute conditions, emergency medicine, traumas, investigations, technological medicine and of course for surgeries. One should not ignore the benefits of modern western or allopathic medicine. It is recommended to register with a conventional General Practitioner and keep him informed about the state of your health. The new developments in modern medicine are amazing.
Keyhole surgery, robotic surgery over long distance, new heart, brain and organ transplant surgeries with minimal damage to the body, scans, new methods of blood analyses, stem cells and gene therapy, etc have revolutionised medicine.
Some previously incurable diseases like Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons disease, Diabetes, severed nerves etc, with further research and exploration, may become completely curable in the future thanks to western medicine. Allopathic medicine gives you hope as it is continuosly researching and looking for ways to tackle disease. Yes there is an element of business in the motive but then where else will the incentive come from?
Dr Ali’s approach is that Allopathic Medicine is unavoidable in acute cases and in emergencies but if the symptoms persists for over 12 weeks and the disease shows no sign of improvement, one should look for alternatives like Complementary and Traditional Medicines.
Integrated Medicine blends Conventional or Allopathic Medicine with Complementary and Traditional Medicine and is therefore the future of Healthcare. It is efficacious, cost-effective, safe and patient-satisfying in a majority of cases.
The biggest advantage of Integrated Medicine is that patients participate in their own healthcare.
They follow a regime of diet, exercises and practice moderation.