The majority of people in the United States receive most of their healthcare from medical doctors (MDs) or doctors of osteopathy (DOs). MDs practice “allopathic” medicine, the most common form of healthcare in the United States and the western world. Allopathic medicine is more commonly called western medicine. When selecting your own approach to maintaining health and treating disease, it is important to understand the basic concepts and philosophy that underlie the western medical approach to treating long-term disease.
Three basic concepts guide the western medical approach to the treatment of disease:
- To understand and eliminate the cause of the disease.
- To treat the disease with medicines that have been shown to be effective in controlled, scientific studies and have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- To improve the patient by relieving their symptoms, even if the disease is resistant to therapy.
Regardless of any other components you choose to include in your plan, use the best tests and diagnostics that western medicine has to offer.
Read more: The Goal of Western Medicine