In the 1700s, French physician and philosopher Thomas More introduced the term “Western medicine” to describe a variety of medical practices that emphasized natural remedies and holistic approaches to health.
He coined the term to refer to the “natural” way of thinking about health, said Andrew J. Hahn, a professor of history and bioethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
More, along with the German philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, were influential in laying the foundation for the modern medical profession, Hahn said.
Western medicine has gained prominence in recent decades, particularly in the United States, Canada, and Australia, where many doctors now practice Western medicine, Hohn said.
“There’s a lot of good evidence that Western medicine is not necessarily as effective or as effective as some of its predecessors,” Hahn added.
Hahn and Hahn have conducted extensive research to document how physicians use Western medicine. “
That’s not to say that Western doctors aren’t capable of providing effective care, but it’s just that they’re more likely.”
Hahn and Hahn have conducted extensive research to document how physicians use Western medicine.
Their most recent study examined a range of clinical practices in the U.S. to determine how doctors use the practice.
They also looked at other Western-oriented practices and practices outside of medicine, looking for evidence that the practice could improve health.
In the new study, published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise, the researchers examined a broad range of Western-centric practices, including chiropractic, chiropractric care, homeopathy, homeopathic medicine, herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage therapy, home remedies, homeostasis medicine, naturopathy, natured breath medicine, homeopaths, and naturopathic clinics.
They compared those practices to the health care practices of people in other countries.
For example, they looked at the outcomes of people who were prescribed homeopathic remedies, such as those who used homeopathic toothpaste and were prescribed topical homeopathic medication, or those who were given homeopathic skin cream.
“We wanted to know what would happen when we examined the health outcomes of a range, Western-focused practices that were associated with Western medicine,” Hohn told Healthline.
In other words, the study examined what would be the outcomes if doctors were to take a Western-centered approach to their care and then examined the outcomes for people who weren’t in the same practice.
To examine that, the team took a snapshot of the health and well-being of a large group of people.
They analyzed how many of them had health insurance, how much time they spent in the hospital and in rehabilitation, how many people were prescribed drugs, and how much money they spent on medical care.
“It’s a big dataset,” Henn said.
After the health data was analyzed, the investigators compared it to health care data from the U of S and Canada, as well as the U’s general population.
In Canada, the U had the highest proportion of people with insurance and was the only country with health data.
The U had a higher proportion of those with insurance, and its residents had the most health care spending per person, Henn added.
The study was published in Medical Care, which is a peer-reviewed journal of medicine.
The authors wrote that their findings showed that practitioners were using Western medicine more often than doctors in other Western countries.
“This was an interesting finding,” Hann said.
In addition to Hahn’s work on Western medicine and other practices, Houns study focused on the use of herbal medicine and the role of homeopathy in the treatment of chronic conditions, Hano said.
The results of Houn’s study were published in a journal called Health Policy and Management.
“The study is based on data collected in the past 15 years by the Canadian Medical Association, and this was an important part of the analysis,” Hano added.
Hohn also said the study showed that Western-based practices are more effective than other practices in terms of improving health outcomes.
“People may think that the most effective practitioners are the ones who treat the most patients,” Houn said.
But he added that the more people that are exposed to Western medicine over time, the more likely they are to become more comfortable with it.
“When people think about Western medicine it has a lot to do with the practice,” Hohn said.
Hann, Hann’s co-author, added that this is also a problem with the current system of health care.
Henn, the lead author, said that when the health system becomes more fragmented, that’s when the system becomes less effective.
“Because the system is fragmented, people can’t rely on it to care for them, and it becomes less valuable,” Hanni said.
More: Hahn also said that while Western medicine can improve health, there is a long way