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Sarah asked in Science & MathematicsMedicine · 9 months ago

Should naturopathic medicine have a place in modern medicine?

Basically, should naturopathic treatments and remedies be practiced alongside with modern medicine? Should MD’s start picking up more natural remedies, that are generally recommended by naturopathic doctors?

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    No. Definitely not.

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  • 9 months ago

    Modern medicine is an extension of naturopathic medicine - we went around the world looking at what people used, isolated the chemical compounds responsible, and mass produced it.

    We tested the efficacy of those drugs, identified side effects, determined dosages, and controlled how and when they should be administered and used.

    Why would we want to wind back the clock to use the same compounds with a less rigorous quality control in place?

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  • 9 months ago

    It does have a place...with the most pervasive and most applicable medicine of all time...aspirin. Aspirin was more or less discovered by indigenous native Americans who found that chewing on certain tree barks relieved pain. You guessed it, the bark contained salicylic acid the therapeutic ingredient in modern day aspirin.

    But to a point, the pharma industry spends lots of time, effort, and money in trekking around the globe looking for home remedies. Remedies that can be converted into approved medicine for commercial sale.

    As to natural remedies in the raw, that's a bit problematic. There is little to no control over the purity of these naturopathic medicines. It's a bit like getting marijuana over the black market versus getting it in an approved vendor in California. There is no assurance that the black market version is pure and safe, while the vendor version has some guarantees and must survive inspections.

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