With the main objective of provoking debates related to what is called “integrative medicine”, the Fundación Sientífica Litoral will hold today the Third Meeting of Conventional and Complementary Therapies. “Its main purpose is to provoke debates related to what is called integrative medicine. That is, not only to make complementary therapies visible, but also to think about how they can help improve the official health system,” biochemist Pablo Basso, a member of the organization, told AIM. The activity is at the La Vieja Usina Cultural and Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Complementary therapies in health care currently have a large number of possibilities and a growing demand, but the health system does not have the ability to visualize them due to problems inherent in its own and foreign inconsistencies, as well as problems of health demand other than conventional ones.
Basso explained to this agency that “countless trials around the world have shown that the use of alternative therapies to conventional ones has significantly improved the variables that have been measured. For example, it was possible to reduce the average days of hospitalization in post-treatment procedures, it also reduces the degree of anxiety in the medical pre-consultation or improves conditions when accompanying terminal patients”. But he pointed out that “perhaps the most important contribution is in areas where Western medicine has failed, such as the very search for personal and societal balance, which is not served by a system that has based its progress on medicalization’.
He also added that “the debate we intend to open on this day is precisely one that puts the possibilities and advantages of integrating therapies into reasoned balances. It is also important to define the regulatory frameworks in which this will happen and the scope and the importance that these complementary therapies would have within the protocols of action against certain diseases, as well as the limitations regarding the practices themselves and those who carry them out.It is clear that the official health system can incorporate new trends in care only through precise provisions, hence the importance of provincial law thinking’.
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For Basso, “it is interesting to learn more about the demand for alternative therapies by society as a whole, as well as their possibilities for inclusion in the official health system.” “Personally, I believe that we cannot ignore the demand and the choice that people are showing. In a survey we did for the Foundation, we found that approximately 70 percent of those surveyed were users of alternative therapies.”
The official health system cannot, with its traditional methods, measure the effectiveness of alternative treatments per se, much less identify the biological actions involved.
In its irreversible hospital-centric tendency and its hegemonic medical modality, it is impossible for the formal system to imagine therapies that are not controlled by the system’s nerve center. Health paternalism, identified in the phrase “the right to receive the best available care,” establishes responsibilities that the current health care system cannot ignore and that prevents it from including medical options other than under the name of “adjuncts” to the care of medicine. the term “complementary” may be a controversial option)
Medicalization has become an essential spice for conventional therapies and has led to the logical consequences of the addictions, both individual and systemic, of the drug industry to the logic of the market instead of the logic of health. Naturopathic options gain supporters to the same extent that the abuse of medicalization breeds mistrust.
The demand for health is changing and it is likely that not only ‘cures’ are needed but also ‘states of well-being’ are needed. The concept of physical and emotional balance cannot be addressed by the conventional health care system.
The patient of conventional therapy has a passive role that places the responsibility on the effectors. This situation excludes the patient’s will from the therapeutic process. Perhaps the patient’s search for leadership during the therapeutic process determines the choice of other options for individual health needs.
Because of its detail, it is interesting to learn more about the demand for alternative therapies by society as a whole, as well as their possibilities for inclusion in the official health system.
From AIM Newsroom.