Allopathic Medicine

“Allopathic” medicine is the typical mainstream medicine we’re all familiar with.  The term was originally coined to differentiate it from homeopathy.  It refers to treating symptoms with something “other” (“allo”) — the tendency to predominately “fight symptoms.”

Allopathic medicine has given us some important developments.  Antibiotics, for instance, can sometimes be life-saving.  We now have the capability of doing quite a bit through surgery — including organ transplants — and we can preserve the lives of preterm babies at increasingly younger ages.

This type of medicine excels at acute trauma care.  If you break your leg or need stitches, the allopathic doctor is who you want!  But it doesn’t excel at everything, and is especially bad at handling chronic conditions involving more than one body system or mechanisms it can’t explain.

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