Western medicine also called traditional, modern or allopathic medicine is the term used to describe the treatment of medical conditions with medications, by doctors, nurses and other conventional healthcare providers who employ methods developed according to Western medical and scientific traditions. It began in the 19th century with the discovery of “germs” and progressed into the 20th century with antibiotics. Western medicine encompasses all types of conventional medical treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and physical therapy. Generally, anyone visiting a doctor’s office or hospital will receive allopathic treatment. As far as “safe” is concerned, Western or allopathic medicine was the third largest killer of people in this country in 2007 after heart attacks and stroke at over some 900,000 patients dead from medical misdiagnosis and mismanagement, unnecessary surgeries, medical mistakes and negative drug interaction/mis-prescribing/mis-administration of drugs. There were some 100,000 unnecessary surgeries (primarily hysterectomies) performed on women alone in this country also in 2007, with some Ob/Gyn practices approaching a 60% C-section rate. (See Silent Knife by Nancy Wainer Cohen)
Traditional Chinese Medicine uses a broad range of medicine practices which have been developed in China and are based on a tradition of more than 2,000 years. It including various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage (Tui na), exercise (gigong), and dietary therapy.
In the beginning, God created the plants for us and the animals to eat. (Gen 1:29-30) God created these things for OUR benefit. He, an all-powerful, all-knowing God KNEW that we would need them. Used correctly, as in all things, these things can be beneficial to us.