The Psychology of Alternative Medicine: An Interesting Observation – Guest Blogger Dr. Pragnesh Vachharajani

I am sure we all see this day in and day out as doctors. The society is full of socio-medical advisors; I at times will call them Super doctors.

For any chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, obesity etc. whenever you prescribe something the patients and relatives read it with eyes wide open and throw series of questions about:

  • Effects
  • Side effects
  • Do we have options?
  • What if we do not take this?
  • Can we postpone the treatment and wait? The list at times is endless.

The same patient or relative when they receive friendly advice about some food/food supplement natural remedy or something miraculous which claim to cure the aliment, they take it without even blinking eyes. ...

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  1. dr suresh chhatwani
    Posted Jul 2017 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    true,well said.people think that allopathic antibiotics are heavy/costly have more side effects.pain killers are harmful for kidney.,but same person/patient take medicine OTC-which are much harmful than suggested by qualified doctors.
    Ayurvedic and HOMEOPATHIC medicine patient consider safe BUT THEY do have side effects-SOME TIMES more serious[like heavymetals in ayurvedic formula//or homeopathic dose/potency not properly taken].
    patient education is required.

  2. Dr. Valluri Ramarao
    Posted Sep 2018 at 4:04 am | Permalink

    i agree, but many patients believe Ayurveda( other alternative medicines) have no side effects unlike modern medicine. In contrast many studies proved these medicines contain many heavy metals causing membranous glomerolus nephritis and brain tumors. we have to break the false belief about alternative medicine . My congratulations to you for bringing this topic.
    Dr Valluri Ramarao,DNB

  3. Boney Cheriyan
    Posted Apr 2019 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    The topic you have just blogged on is also a pet peeve of mine as well. All medications in allopathy are tested rigorously before introduction into the market and they additionally undergo scrutiny to find out any long term side effects of the medicine which was not initially evident. I don’t see any such safeguards for so called homeopathic and Ayurveda medicine.
    So putting your faith in alternative medicine instead of allopathic medicine is like shooting an arrow in the dark as opposed to shooting in a lighted room.

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