The current orthodox medicine model of disease is outdated. It looks at disease as "damage" to the human body, which is supposed to be "fixed" or "repaired" the very same way as, for example, a car. But this mechanical approach does not include the thousands of adaptive biological reactions that start immediately after the body's "damage" begins and that accompany the entire healing process up to complete or partial recovery.
What it means is that during all diseases, from the very beginning, immediate recovery processes accompany destructive processes. Unfortunately, drugs and surgery can interfere with the recovery processes, affecting the very gentle physiological equilibrium of the body called homeostasis and thus bring more damage. This is what is called side effects of drug therapy.
The essence of the condition named "disease" is, therefore, far more complicated than the traditional "damage – fix" model. The disease or pathology is just another physiological state of the body, which can progress or regress according to the body's needs.
Current physical, emotional and mental condition of the body heavily influences the beginning and outcome of the disease. As a matter of fact, most people are living with "diseases" bouncing back and forth from physiological "norm". In this case, instead of "treatment of disease" a better term to use would be "regulation of physiological processes", which more precisely exact what's going on in the body. This is the alternative medicine model.
Because drugs suppress natural bodily adaptive physiological reactions, they can effectively block natural self-healing mechanisms of human bodies. Of course, it's much easier to label group of symptoms as a disease the way orthodox medicine does, and prescribe drugs accordingly, but it has nothing in common with the real healing.
The real healing occurs when all physiological processes related to the physical, emotional and mental condition of the body become regulated and start to work in harmony. This usually happens with use of alternative medicine modalities. Sometimes, the balance can be achieved just through diet and lifestyle modifications. Sometimes, we need to use more "heavy weapons" like herbal or homeopathic remedies or supplements, acupuncture, reflexology, Reiki, yoga or any other conventional healing modality. But the result is always impressive – gentle and profound healing, happening naturally, without toxic side effects and further damage to the body.
Thus, the main difference between alternative and orthodox disease model lies not just in a definition of pathology named disease, but also in a completely different approach to healing. Instead of "fixing the body" in orthodox medicine, we are talking about "regulating and balancing the body" in alternative medicine.
It is absolutely evident that "one size fits all" medicine simply does not work anymore. While it perfectly suits the needs of pharmaceutical companies, it does not benefit most patients who are in real need of custom-made individualized treatment programs without side effects. Given the rising ineffectiveness of mainstream medicine, it's not surprising that patients turn to alternative medicine for a cure. Statistics speak for themselves. According to the National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, around 40% of North Americans use some form of alternative medicine and the number is rising