Although current medical practice recognises that there are connections between mental, emotional and physical conditions, the dominant approach is to break the whole down into parts with separate diagnostic labels and to treat those parts individually.
For the many seemingly unrelated symptoms, different drugs may be prescribed. Most medicines have side effects, which add to the patient’s troubles/stress load. A search in books or on the Internet will reveal pages of them. To counteract these side effects, a new set of drugs may be given. Thus suffering is not ultimately decreased at all, but actually increased. Natural medicine looks at all facets of illness, taking physical, psychological, and social aspects into account. The whole is more than the sum of its parts; therefore, we seek to obtain an overview, and to understand the disease making process in its entirety. Individual symptoms are understood to be expressions of the whole person under stress.
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