Pros and cons of Present Drugs

By Dr Amna Riaz

Pros and cons of Present Drugs

Pros and cons of Present Drugs:

Medicine has two basic meanings, First the Science of Healing; the practice of the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. Secondly medications/ drugs used to treat diseases, and promote health.

The history of medicine is as deep as the history of humans on earth, the earliest medicinal practice known was in Egyptian era that recorded earliest physician in the world, Hesy-Ra. Early medical traditions include those of Greek, China, & Egypt. The Greeks, introduce the concepts of medical diagnosis, prognosis, and advanced medical ethics. The Hippocratic Oath, still taken by doctors was written in Greece in the 5th century BCE.

On basis of practice there are two basic types of medicines allopathic and alternative medicines that include herbal & homeopathic drugs mostly.

Herbal Medications:

People have practiced herbal medicine for centuries. Before the advent of modern technology, doctors had to rely on herbal remedies to treat illnesses or heal injuries & some chronic conditions like arthritis. Although they have lower cost & widespread availability but everything has some effects as well side-effects.



Herbal medicine utilizes the body’s natural healing process for treating conditions. The ingredients used are those which are regularly produced in the body.

Inappropriate for many conditions: like serious illnesses, accidents serious trauma, broken leg, appendicitis or a heart attack etc.

They increase immunity & an overall healthier state of being can easily be achieved with continued treatment.

Lack of dosage instructions: Another disadvantage of herbal medicine is the risk of doing you harms through self-dosing with herbs & there's a very real risk of overdose.

Reduced risk of side effects as most medicines are well tolerated by the patient, with fewer unintended consequences than pharmaceutical drugs.

Herbal treatments can interact with pharmaceutical medications, like the herbs used for anxiety such as Valerian can interact with medication like antidepressants.

Homeopathic Medicines:

Homeopathic medicines are indeed powerful tool & are truly safe. The remedies are prepared in such dilution that they are absolutely harmless & without any adverse side effects, even to the most delicate constitution or infant. Also they are inexpensive.

Homeopathy is good for depression, some allergies, dermatitis & arthritis but they are not effective in treating all diseased states. Some conditions do not respond as they require surgical intervention, or require immediate relief of symptoms, or are addressed by simple nutritional or lifestyle changes; still others are relieved only upon reduced exposure to certain environmental stresses, like certain cases of asthma & meningitis which requires immediate antibiotic treatment to assure survival.

In chronic disorders, considerable time is necessary to affect a proper cure, plus homeopathy is psychologically weak. The practice of giving little sugar pills under the tongue to cure very severe disorders doesn’t seem adequate to most patients.

Allopathic Medicines:

Western medicine is the best & stands above all Alternative medicine.  Especially in cases of trauma, serious accidents, broken bones, wounds, for necessary surgery and certain infections, there’s no better option. The nature of Western medicine is completely science-based, focused on drugs, radiation and surgery to treat the symptoms. Their methods are based on scientific theory while other Alternative medicines mostly rely on observations and results, rather than theory.  So it’s easy to understand why it’s the most appropriate option for trauma, emergencies & many diseases.

Thanks to modern technology, many lives have been saved and quality of life is improved. With the help of medical tests & training in diagnostics, doctors are able to not only figure out the pathology accurately in the body but also to cure it.

Pharmaceuticals help people manage illness and pain in the long and short term.  Antibiotics have saved countless lives in the last hundred years. Pain medications are godsend to those suffering from severe pain.  Hormone replacement therapies like Thyroid hormone replacement keep people alive and well after removal from cancer. Other medications help people manage mental health conditions so they can live more normal lives. Although modern allopathic medicine offers significant benefits but it also has some major drawbacks.

Side Effects of Drugs:

Possibly the most common side effects of any prescription drug are gastrointestinal issues, including nausea, constipation and diarrhea, Other common after effects include drowsiness, pain and reactions.

No doubt, it is only allopathic system that has drugs that can combat emergencies and protect the lives of people. But, the fact cannot be denied that drugs do come up with complications, it has been estimated that, in the US, more than 100,000 persons succumb to side reactions of drugs prescribed by the physicians.

Most of the medications include artificial chemicals that definitely do react in various ways in different bodies& many drugs alleviate the symptoms of the conditions for which they were made, but they simultaneously increase the risk of developing many other diseases.  For instance, hormonal pills given to women after they reach menopause simultaneously increase their vulnerability to heart attack, stroke and breast cancer.

Allopathic Medicines/Alternatives?

Some people throw the baby out with the bathwater when it comes to allopathic medicine. They will not seek out this type of treatment unless their lives literally depend on it. Although some aspects of the system do need to change, the benefits of allopathic cannot be denied. There is nothing better for life-threatening trauma, serious injuries, and medical emergencies.

Keep all your options open when choosing the type of care you need. Avail yourself of beneficial allopathic diagnosis and treatments.

Regardless of the type of health care you choose, take full responsibility for your health. Educate yourself about the potential benefits and drawbacks of available allopathic and alternative treatments relating to your health conditions. This way you can minimize potential problems while optimizing the benefits of allopathic medicines you will receive.

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