Conventional medicine typically refers to the standard western medical practices that focus on treating acute diseases and infections or simply minimizing their symptoms. The common tools used by practitioners of conventional medicine include diagnostic tests, pharmaceutical drugs, and invasive surgeries. This approach has provided some great success with acute infectious diseases, where the focus is on eliminating the infection.
But at the same time, long-term chronic conditions, systemic pain, and mental and emotional distress conditions have become more widespread than ever before. Although conventional medicine continues to make advances in treating the symptoms of these conditions, these practices clearly do not provide all the answers. Too often the emphasis is on the “quick fix” – a pill to manage depression, a pill to mask pain – without considering the underlying situations that are the actual cause behind many of these conditions.
Conventional doctors are often focused on finding and curing conditions only after the symptoms have reached pathological levels. If the diagnostic test results don’t reach that level, medical doctors often won’t report anything back to their patients at all except “Everything looks fine.”
A question we hear all too frequently is “Why didn’t my doctor tell me?”