Fact check: Is it true that allopathic medicine is only for emergencies?

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Should allopathic medicine be used in emergencies?
No. Allopathic medicine is not limited to emergencies; it encompasses a wide range of treatments for various health conditions. It's commonly used for chronic diseases, preventive care, and managing long-term health issues. While emergencies highlight its critical role, allopathic medicine is also vital for ongoing healthcare, disease management, and improving quality of life through medications, surgeries, and other interventions.

Last Updated on April 2, 2024 by Neelam Singh

Quick Take 

In a youtube video, the speaker claims that Allopathy medicine should be used during emergency. We fact checked and found the claim to be False.

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The Claim

In a YouTube video titled Sadhguru, a woman asks about the superiority of Ayurveda and Siddha over allopathy. At 0:39, Sadhguru suggests that allopathy should be reserved for emergency situations only.

In a recent incident involving Sadhguru, a video surfaced where he discussed the importance of using allopathic medicine only in emergencies. He highlighted this point by sharing his own experience of neglecting a headache until it became severe, leading him to seek medical help during an emergency situation (screenshot attached). This incident highlighted the potential risks of neglecting symptoms and the necessity of timely medical intervention, even for seemingly minor health issues. Alternative treatments such as Ayurvedic medicine can help, but they may take longer to work and aren’t proven for chronic diseases. Quick prevention is better than waiting. You can also try alternative treatments alongside regular medicine.

Sadhguru claim

Fact Check

What is allopathy medicine?

Allopathy involves medical practitioners like doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and therapists treating symptoms and diseases with drugs, radiation, or surgery. It’s known by various names such as biomedicine, conventional medicine, mainstream medicine, orthodox medicine, and Western medicine.

When to use allopathy medicine?

Allopathic medicine encompasses the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of various illnesses and health conditions, often used when symptoms or medical conditions necessitate intervention beyond lifestyle changes or alternative therapies. Allopathic medicines, composed of chemicals, may be recommended to be taken on an empty stomach or after meals. It addresses acute illnesses, chronic diseases, preventive care, post-operative management, and palliative care, among other scenarios. 

What happens if we wait until a disease is severe to treat it?

Waiting until a disease is severe before treating it can lead to several negative outcomes:

  • Increased morbidity and mortality: Diseases often progress over time, becoming more severe and harder to treat as they advance. Delaying treatment until the disease is severe can result in poorer health outcomes, including higher rates of morbidity (illness) and mortality (death).
  • Complications: Severe diseases are more likely to cause complications such as organ damage, systemic inflammation, and secondary infections. Treating the disease earlier can help prevent or mitigate these complications.
  • Reduced treatment effectiveness: Some diseases respond better to treatment when they are caught early. Delaying treatment until the disease is severe may reduce the effectiveness of available treatments and limit the options for managing the condition.
  • Increased healthcare costs: Treating a disease in its severe stages often requires more intensive and costly interventions, such as hospitalization, surgery, or prolonged medication regimens. Early detection and treatment can help reduce overall healthcare costs by preventing the need for these expensive interventions.
  • Negative impact on quality of life: Severe diseases can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life, causing pain, disability, and psychological distress. Early treatment can help preserve or improve quality of life by preventing or minimizing the progression of the disease.

In summary, waiting until a disease is severe enough to treat it can have serious consequences for the patient’s health, well-being, and healthcare costs. Early detection and treatment are crucial for achieving the best possible outcomes.

Should allopathic medicine be used solely for emergencies?

No, allopathic medicine shouldn’t be restricted to emergencies only. It’s used for routine healthcare, chronic disease management, preventive care, and palliative care. Allopathic medicines address various health concerns and promote overall well-being. Restricting their use to emergencies overlooks their benefits in managing chronic conditions, preventing illnesses, and improving quality of life. Allopathic medicines are prescribed based on individual needs, aiming to promote health and treat existing conditions. Limiting their use to emergencies would deprive individuals of preventive care and timely management of chronic diseases.

How misinformation around the net is keeping people away from allopathy treatment?

Online misinformation, which frequently promotes alternative remedies, is discouraging people from seeking allopathic therapy. This may result in insufficient or delayed medical attention, which could exacerbate health problems and cause needless suffering or complications.

Dr. Gagandeep Kang

Dr. Gagandeep Kang, a renowned virologist and microbiologist, said in her interview with us (THIP Media) that, “Social media makes it easy to stay in a bubble where only our beliefs are echoed. This can spread health misinformation, causing harm when people reject facts.”

Dietitian Malvika

Malvika Fulwani, a Clinical Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator said, “Misinformation in healthcare significantly affects treatment by shaping patient choices and actions. When patients receive incorrect information about their condition or treatment choices, they might postpone seeking medical help or reject suggested treatments. Consequently, this delay can worsen their condition, leading to worse health results. Additionally, patients might opt for treatments based on misinformation rather than reliable guidelines, risking ineffective or harmful interventions.”

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Should allopathic medicine be used in emergencies?
No. Allopathic medicine is not limited to emergencies; it encompasses a wide range of treatments for various health conditions. It's commonly used for chronic diseases, preventive care, and managing long-term health issues. While emergencies highlight its critical role, allopathic medicine is also vital for ongoing healthcare, disease management, and improving quality of life through medications, surgeries, and other interventions.

Last Updated on April 2, 2024 by Neelam Singh

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Should allopathic medicine be used in emergencies?
No. Allopathic medicine is not limited to emergencies; it encompasses a wide range of treatments for various health conditions. It's commonly used for chronic diseases, preventive care, and managing long-term health issues. While emergencies highlight its critical role, allopathic medicine is also vital for ongoing healthcare, disease management, and improving quality of life through medications, surgeries, and other interventions.

Last Updated on April 2, 2024 by Neelam Singh

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Should allopathic medicine be used in emergencies?
No. Allopathic medicine is not limited to emergencies; it encompasses a wide range of treatments for various health conditions. It's commonly used for chronic diseases, preventive care, and managing long-term health issues. While emergencies highlight its critical role, allopathic medicine is also vital for ongoing healthcare, disease management, and improving quality of life through medications, surgeries, and other interventions.

Last Updated on April 2, 2024 by Neelam Singh

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Should allopathic medicine be used in emergencies?
No. Allopathic medicine is not limited to emergencies; it encompasses a wide range of treatments for various health conditions. It's commonly used for chronic diseases, preventive care, and managing long-term health issues. While emergencies highlight its critical role, allopathic medicine is also vital for ongoing healthcare, disease management, and improving quality of life through medications, surgeries, and other interventions.

Last Updated on April 2, 2024 by Neelam Singh

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Should allopathic medicine be used in emergencies?
No. Allopathic medicine is not limited to emergencies; it encompasses a wide range of treatments for various health conditions. It's commonly used for chronic diseases, preventive care, and managing long-term health issues. While emergencies highlight its critical role, allopathic medicine is also vital for ongoing healthcare, disease management, and improving quality of life through medications, surgeries, and other interventions.

Last Updated on April 2, 2024 by Neelam Singh

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

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Should allopathic medicine be used in emergencies?
No. Allopathic medicine is not limited to emergencies; it encompasses a wide range of treatments for various health conditions. It's commonly used for chronic diseases, preventive care, and managing long-term health issues. While emergencies highlight its critical role, allopathic medicine is also vital for ongoing healthcare, disease management, and improving quality of life through medications, surgeries, and other interventions.

Last Updated on April 2, 2024 by Neelam Singh

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Should allopathic medicine be used in emergencies?
No. Allopathic medicine is not limited to emergencies; it encompasses a wide range of treatments for various health conditions. It's commonly used for chronic diseases, preventive care, and managing long-term health issues. While emergencies highlight its critical role, allopathic medicine is also vital for ongoing healthcare, disease management, and improving quality of life through medications, surgeries, and other interventions.

Last Updated on April 2, 2024 by Neelam Singh

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Should allopathic medicine be used in emergencies?
No. Allopathic medicine is not limited to emergencies; it encompasses a wide range of treatments for various health conditions. It's commonly used for chronic diseases, preventive care, and managing long-term health issues. While emergencies highlight its critical role, allopathic medicine is also vital for ongoing healthcare, disease management, and improving quality of life through medications, surgeries, and other interventions.

Last Updated on April 2, 2024 by Neelam Singh

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Should allopathic medicine be used in emergencies?
No. Allopathic medicine is not limited to emergencies; it encompasses a wide range of treatments for various health conditions. It's commonly used for chronic diseases, preventive care, and managing long-term health issues. While emergencies highlight its critical role, allopathic medicine is also vital for ongoing healthcare, disease management, and improving quality of life through medications, surgeries, and other interventions.

Last Updated on April 2, 2024 by Neelam Singh

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Should allopathic medicine be used in emergencies?
No. Allopathic medicine is not limited to emergencies; it encompasses a wide range of treatments for various health conditions. It's commonly used for chronic diseases, preventive care, and managing long-term health issues. While emergencies highlight its critical role, allopathic medicine is also vital for ongoing healthcare, disease management, and improving quality of life through medications, surgeries, and other interventions.

Last Updated on April 2, 2024 by Neelam Singh

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

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