3rd September 2016
By Ty Bollinger
Guest writer for Wake Up World
Old wives tales and recipes for remedies from your grandmother is woven into the fabric of most lives. Many of us grew up with parents who attempted a home cure before buying medicine or (heaven forbid) making an appointment with the doctor.
A couple of generations ago, the average population didn’t seek out a doctor unless it was clear that it was a serious illness and had exhausted all efforts at handling the problem at home. When doctors weren’t available, or affordable, families sought relief in what is now referred to as holistic medicine or “alternative” medicine.
“Alternative” Medicine is Not Wicked
Before we begin, let’s look at the actual terms being used, shall we? Specifically, the terms “alternative” medicine and “traditional” medicine. Hmmm… the definition of “traditional” is “something that is long-established and time-honored.” Since herbs, foods, roots, and other natural remedies have been used as medicines for millennia, I would contend that natural medicine should actually be considered “traditional” and drug-intensive medicine (which has only been used for a century or two) the “alternative”.