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Conventional Medicine or Alternative Medicine?

This is such a controversial topic at times and discussed on a regular basis in the news, online, between friends, between family members, on social media, and so on. So many questions come up, such as:

  • Is conventional medicine better than alternative medicine and vice versa?
  • What are my insurance options for both?
  • Are there doctors that use both conventional and alternative medicine?
  • Do I have to choose between them?
  • Where can I find a doctor near me that uses alternative medicine?

So many questions come up when considering alternative medicine, and each person must come to their own conclusion, but we would like to help answer a few of these questions to help you make your decision on what is best for you and your family.

Is conventional medicine better than alternative medicine and vice versa? 

Conventional medicine is a system in which medical doctors and other healthcare professionals treat symptoms and diseases using drugs, radiation, or surgery. This is what most people think of when referring to medicine and is considered traditional and normal for most doctors. Alternative medicine is a range of medical therapies that are not regarded as orthodox by the medical profession, such as herbalism, homeopathy, and acupuncture. While not considered orthodox, alternative medicine is a more natural way of healing where a naturopathic doctor uses treatments from the earth as opposed to man-made substances.

What are my insurance options for both?

Some insurance companies cover both conventional and alternative medicine, but not all. It is best to contact your insurance company to find out their policies before making an appointment for either.

Are there doctors that use both conventional and alternative medicine?

There are many medical professionals that use both conventional and alternative medicine to care for their patients. Many of the naturopaths on Find a Natural Doctor are trained in both conventional and alternative medicine to give their patients the best care possible from both.

Where can I find a doctor near me that uses alternative medicine?

It can be difficult to find doctors that use alternative medicine, no matter where you live. This is the main reason Find a Natural Doctor was created. We wanted to make it as easy as possible for anyone in the state of Washington to have access to alternative medicine and easily find a naturopath near them.