Rather than complementary/holistic versus conventional/allopathic I prefer to categorise healthcare according to what you can do for yourself versus what other people can do for you. By outsourcing your health to other people you are taking a risk with your life. Medical intervention is the number three cause of death according to the medical world! (Number one cause of death according to the complementary world).
Furthermore, people seem to use ‘holistic’ approaches in the same way as they would use a medical drug from a doctor. For example, a specific herb to treat a skin condition, Osteopathy for backpain, acupuncture for a shoulder injury etc. These can certainly help without the unwanted side-effects of conventional medicine but, this is treating symptoms which will only ever lead to short term and temporary improvement, and not address the underlying cause.
We have been conditioned to medicalise our health even to the extent of language such ‘walking in the forest is medicine’ – […]