Medical systems in other countries usually offer a choice of systems. Some of these systems are thousands of years old. Let me give a couple of examples:
- In India, once can choose between the systems of Allopathic medicine, Homeopathic medicine, Ayurveda, and Unani.
- In China, one can choose between Allopathic medicine and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
The problem is the limited research conducted upon non-Allopathic medical systems. Yet can Allopathic and other medical systems work together? Let’s take an example from history. There is a complicated oriental system called pulse diagnosis, where information can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulse_diagnosis. A nice, scholarly presentation of this diagnostic modality is found at http://www.itmonline.org/arts/pulse.htm. Can we combine ancient oriental diagnostic methods, like oriental pulse diagnosis, with modern western scientific testing? Of course! How many times do you find a person complaining of medical issues – when a hospital staff has performed every test known to man – yet haven’t discovered the root cause? Can pulse diagnosis offer a complimentary method of diagnosing illness? Remember when western physicians and researchers were studying acupuncture? Acupuncturists, if they are properly training, can do wonders with issues like pain. So let me pose these questions.
Can we blend modern Allopathic with other medical systems?
Can more research be done on ancient medical systems?
Let’s wait and see, what the future holds.