Medicine 12

TOPIC

The pros and cons of alternative medicine

(上記TOPIC、英語で意見を論理的に述べる技術とトレーニング第7章より引用)

Essay

 Some people are against alternative medicine but I think it is good and beneficial for the following three reasons.
 The first reason is that even though the reason is unclear, as a matter of fact, some alternative medicine such as acupuncture has benefited many people. It is unreasonable to be against it just because the medical mechanism is unclear.
 The second reason is that it is something more than just placebo effect. Some studies have shown that alternative medicine is effective not only to people but also to horses. It is hardly said that animals are cured by placebo effect. Of course, mental effect may have something to do with alternative medicine, but it is much more than placebo effect.
 The final reason is that many opinions against alternative medicine are not specific to it. Some people may say that it could be dangerous to continue treatment which is still not medically validated or alternative medicine is bad because some people misuse it to swindle people out of their money. However they are not specific to alternative medicine. Conventional medicine could be dangerous or bad when it is still not medically validated or when people try to con people out of their money with it.
 As I mentioned, for the aforesaid three reasons, I think it is good and beneficial.

メモ

代替医療についての賛否両論です。
代替医療についてはよく話題になることが多いので要注意かもしれません。
やはり、本当に効果があるのかどうかが論点となるようです。