Western medicine and alternative healing are kind of like leggings and leather jackets—at one point it was rare to see them paired together, but now they’re considered to be a pretty perfect match.
For proof, just take a stroll through any major US hospital. “Therapies such as acupuncture, meditation, and yoga, which were unheard of many years ago, are now commonly offered to patients while receiving cardiac, oncology, and fertility treatments, to name but a few,” says Nada Milosavljevic, MD, a board-certified physician, faculty member at Harvard Medical School, and founder of Sage Tonic, which creates wellness “tool boxes” for common medical maladies.
So how do you know whether your headaches merit an herbal tincture or an Rx for Imatrex? The short answer: It’s really complicated.
That said, not all alt-therapies have attained BFF status with their conventional counterparts. (You won’t find many shamanic healing ceremonies going down in the ICU.) Plus, there’s still some debate in the medical community around when it’s appropriate to seek out alternative treatments and when traditional interventions are best.
So how do you know whether your headaches merit an herbal tincture or an Rx for Imatrex?
The short answer: It’s really complicated. But while every practitioner has her own opinion on the topic, there are some guidelines that all docs and holistic healers can agree upon.