The University of Michigan is committed to the thoughtful and compassionate combination of complementary therapies and conventional medicine through the activities of research, education, clinical services and community partnerships. And lastly sic there’s the cynicism and disappointment and depression that some patients get from going on from one alternative medicine to the next, and they find after three months the placebo effect wears off, and they’re disappointed and they move on to the next one, and they’re disappointed and disillusioned, and that can create depression and make the eventual treatment of the patient with anything effective difficult, because you may not get compliance, because they’ve seen the failure so often in the past.
In an holistic approach to medicine, there is the belief that our well-being relies not just on what is going on in our body physically in terms of illness or disease, but also on the close inter-relation of this with our psychological, emotional, social, spiritual and environmental state.
But homeopathy, with its remedies made of water, was harmless compared to the unscientific and dangerous orthodox western medicine practiced at that time, which included use of toxins and draining of blood , often resulting in permanent disfigurement or death.
At the same time, many key claims aren’t backed by large, carefully controlled medical studies, or in some cases, those bigger studies refute the claims For example, several major studies of the herbal supplement echinacea found it did not prevent or shorten the duration of the common cold.
Through the conventional lens, for example, it’s us versus the germs and if we get exposed to one, they get in and try to get us. Our only responsibility is to take antibiotics and symptom-managing over-the-counter drugs while we continue to punch the clock.