Man has always sought perfection in all he does and in this quest, the search for perfect health has always been an important aim. Slowly, answers partial and complete, have emerged for many problems. However century after century new diseases and plagues have arisen. Since the dawn of human existence and more intensely since the last few thousand years man has sought a panacea which would cure him of all his ills. We have made little progress towards finding a panacea for all ills, but in different cultures in different parts of the world we have found complete answers to some of the problems which afflict us. No system of medicine has yet found a cure for all diseases but all systems of medicine do have a cure for some diseases.
With the advent of many new "super drugs" in Western Medicine little emphasis is placed on a correct and precise diagnosis. As a result many physicians and patients use drugs to treat symptoms like fever and pain without attempting to ascertain their cause. The same symptomatic approach is used in most systems of medicine as well, where the practitioner does not have the time or the ability to analyse and find the cause of the illness.
Symptomatic treatment when given without making a diagnosis, works in many self-limiting diseases like colds & other infections. This relies on the body's innate ability to heal itself. Symptomatic treatment may lead to the problem recurring or getting worse in case of serious problems, from which your body cannot cure itself.
To help the millions of people worldwide who suffer from so called "incurable diseases " under their prevailing medical systems, we need to use the strengths of the multitude of systems of medicine, which have developed independently all over the world to treat disease. It is unnecessarily arrogant and dishonest for practitioners of any one system of medicine to claim that it has the answers to all problems and that other systems of medicine are useless.
A true healer studies and utilizes the best aspects of all available systems of medicine so as to ensure the recovery of his patient in the safest and quickest way, as his primary interest is the well being of his patient. This approach is called integrated medicine.
In integrated medicine, after the practitioner has acquired an understanding of the patient and made a proper diagnosis, the most appropriate parts of each system of medicine are selected and used tin conjunction with each other to treat an individual. This allows us to give each patient the treatment best suited to his needs rather than only the treatment which the practitioner of a single system is familiar with.