Alternative Medicine- A Boon or a Curse

In the recent research at Yale University, performed in the field of cancer shows that taking alternative medicines doubles the chances of dying instead of conventional treatment. Herbs and crystals cannot a save life especially but many Americans have gone through alt-therapy for diverging results as suggested by the study.

Skyler Johnson, the lead researcher at Yale News said “We now have evidence to suggest that using alternative medicine in place of proven cancer therapies results in worse survival.”

Types of cancer-

  • Lung Cancer
  • Blood Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Basal Cell Cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Leukemia
  • Colon Cancer
  • Lymphoma

The record from the National Cancer Database of the last 10 years has been collected showed that among them 281 patients were suffering from lung, breast, prostate or colorectal cancer who decided to cure themselves with the help of alternative medicine instead of the traditional treatment. The patient’s data was analogized with the other 560 patients who were on a more scientific treatment like radiation, surgery and chemotherapy.

Kinds of Alternative Medicines-

  • Acupressure
  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • Ayurveda Medicine
  • Balneotherapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Chiropractic
  • Homeopathy
  • Naturopathy
  • Reflexology
  • Reiki

Patients who chose alternative medicine approaches that include things like “herbs, botanicals, homeopathy, special diets or energy crystals — which are basically just stones that people believe to have healing powers,” Dr. Johnson told New Scientist, were two and a half times more likely than their modern medicine-opting counterparts to die within five years.

The imbalance in the cost of varied treatment has been filled with the alternative medicine group, as the latter is healthier, affluent and young.

James Yu told MedPage Today “These patients should be doing better than the standard therapy group, but that’s a scary thing to me. These are young patients who could potentially be cured, and they’re being sold snake oil by unscrupulous alternative medicine practitioners.”

The risk of taking the alternative medicines are very high, however, the doctors should get a step forward to make their patients aware about the disadvantages of skipping the scientific treatments following herbs and crystals.

“Because of patient autonomy, they can do whatever they want,” Yu said. “We’re always advising them we can’t make them do anything.”

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