What is conventional medicine?

Dr. Alan Gaby
Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

Conventional medicine is the type of medicine that the people who control the medical education system have deemed to be the most appropriate system of medical care. In the United States, conventional medicine consists primarily of drugs and surgery, which are the most widely used treatment modalities. Other treatments such as nutritional therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture and herbal medicine, are not generally considered to be a part of conventional medicine, even though they have been shown to be safe, effective and relatively inexpensive.

Conventional medicine applies to the medicine that graduates of traditional medical schools and residencies prescribe to. When you go to your doctor, for the most part you will be prescribed conventional medicine. Conventional medicine does not include homeopathy, accupuncture, aromatherapy, etc. That is not to say there is not a place for these treatments in certain patients.

Conventional medicine is a system in which medical doctors and other healthcare professionals (such as nurses, pharmacists and therapists) treat symptoms and diseases using drugs, radiation or surgery. Also called allopathic medicine, biomedicine, mainstream medicine, orthodox medicine and Western medicine.

This answer is based on source information from National Cancer Institute.

Conventional medicine is a medical model of evidence-based practice for diagnosing and treating disease.

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