Term: Allopathic Medicine

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Allopathic medicine is defined as a system of medical practices which treat disease by the use of remedies which produce effects different from those produced by the disease under conventional treatment . M.D.s practice allopathic medicine. The term "allopathy" was coined in 1842 by C.F.S. Hahnemann to demonstrate the usual practice of medicine (allopathy) as opposed to homeopathy, the system of therapy that he founded based on the concept that disease can be treated with drugs (in minute doses) though capable of producing the same symptoms in healthy people as the disease itself.
(http://web.jhu.edu/prepro/health/allopathic.html)

a system of medicine in which ‘conventional’ remedies are used to produce effects that are the opposite of, and are incompatible with the disease, as opposed to homeopathic, which produces effects similar to the disease being treated. Doctors practicing Allopathic medicine are M.D.s (Medical Doctor), doctors practicing homeopathy are D.O.s (Doctor of Osteopathy). (http://surgery.about.com)

Applications: Antibiotics, cancer treaments ,Drug, gene, radiation, surgery, and transplant are those most commonly known as allopathic therapies. “Surgical appliances and diagnostic instruments of allopathy have made the identification and treatment of our diseases incredibly quick and result-oriented. Allopathic medicine provides instant relief but it comes along with some mild to severe side-effects. Besides allopathic medicine does not provide permanent cure as it does not work on the root cause of the disease but on the effects produced by the disease.”(http://www.herbsncures.com/) Most medical treatment in the western world is considered, and indeed is, allopathic. What you receive as treatment when you walk in to a hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office is considered allopathic, converse to seeing your local medicine-man, shaman, ayurveda, or acupuncture practitioner, etc.


Allopathic medicine does not initially emphasize the mind’s impact on health or healing. Mental illness and emotional disorders are usually seen as either brain diseases or, in earlier allopathic practices, as character flaws. Physicians seek to treat these disorders by affecting brain physiology with pharmaceuticals or with counseling or behavior modification.

Early allopaths follow in Descartes’ footsteps, holding a mechanical view of the body and separating it into component parts. They look for physical causes for disease and seek to name, define and treat specific illnesses.

Spirituality is kept largely separate from health and healing matters. It is usually viewed as a non-scientific approach to health and healing.
http://www.thenewmedicine.org/timeline/allopathy


Web Resources: http://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/2001/WHO_EDM_TRM_2001.2.pdf
http://surgery.about.com/od/questionsanswers/qt/DOversusMD.htm
http://web.jhu.edu/prepro/health/allopathic.html
http://www.thenewmedicine.org/timeline/allopathy

Related Terminology: biomedicine, conventional medicine, mainstream medicine, orthodox medicine, and Western medicine, osteopathic medicine, homeopathic medicine, naturopathic medicine, integrative medicine,

Citations/References: http://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/2001/WHO_EDM_TRM_2001.2.pdfhttp://www.herbsncures.com/allopathic_medicines.html
http://web.jhu.edu/prepro/health/allopathic.html
http://www.thenewmedicine.org/timeline/allopathy

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