Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Medical Treatment versus Attitude

A number of different medical traditions are now widely known and used: Western medicine (using drugs and surgery), herbal medicine, acupuncture (using needles at certain points of the body), and homeopathy (using very small sweet granules) and so on.
---How important is the patient’s mental attitude towards his or her treatment in determining the effectiveness of the treatment?
---Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own experience. Write minimum 250 Words

In this essay I shall elaborate on various ways of medical treatment versus the mental attitude of the person undergoing treatment.

The Homeopathic deals with administration of small quantities of mild medicines in the form of small white and sweet granules. This type of treatment cures the diseases permanently; however treatment takes longer while. The patient should have patience to be OK. There are no side effects in this treatment.

Herbal (Ayurvedic): The treatment comprises of powders, tablets, medicated oils etc. prepared from natural herbs, plants and minerals. This is one of the oldest types of treatment and has no side effects. This type of treatment is faster compared to Homeopathic.

Acupuncture: This is the Chinese way of medicine and it is based on a different paradigm from scientific biomedicine. Treatment of disease is attempted by the activity of needles, pressure, heat, etc. on sensitive parts of the body called "acupuncture points". Besides, Acupressure is a similar Chinese medicine technique based on the same ideas as acupuncture. Acupressure involves placing physical pressure by hand or with the aid of various devices on different acupuncture points.

Finally Western Type, known as Allopathic type of treatment is the most popular and widely accepted these days. The medicines are made of different proportions of chemicals and drugs those can be administered orally or injected directly into the muscles, veins and arteries with the help of a suitable syringe. Surgery is also performed wherever needed. The treatment is popular and fast.

Summarizing, important for recovery is the positive mental attitudes, those make miracles regardless of the type of treatment.

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