In understanding conventional and alternative medicine, it is helpful to study the assumptions basic to their theories, practices, and research. What are these assumptions and how will they impact your nursing practice?
The humoral theory of alternative medicine suggests that four natural elements, including fire, air, water, and earth correspond to blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm. Therefore, using herbs as an alternative medicine helps in balancing the ‘bodily juices.’ Even the WHO advocates for the right to have culturally appropriate healthcare, hence, the AAAQ standards. On the other hand, conventional medicine refers to modern forms of treatment often involving drugs and surgery. Therefore, unlike alternative medicine, the practitioners of this contemporary treatment modality must follow particular laws to ensure they are qualified to meet the needed standards of practice.