Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Why Holistic Urology Should Be Considered In Ghana

Ghana is a nation of pluralist medicine hence you have different options to choose from. I know you are used to Urology- the mainstream practice medicine but what about holistic urology?

Holistic urology is an approach to care that takes into account the “whole health” of the patient, including factors that can have an impact on urogenital health, but which may involve other areas of health and wellness. Holistic care forms an important part of an integrative medicine approach, which combines the best evidence based conventional medicine with traditional and scientifically validated alternative therapies. Holistic urology can be especially important for patients who have only explored mainstream medicine and who have thus far had unsatisfactory results.
Today more alternative medical practitioners are well educated in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CAM). The argument was that an assumed lack of efficacy, potential side effects, and a lack of objective studies which validate the therapy in question. These cited concerns are reasonable questions. However, to be balanced, we must also consider that the conventional standard of care has similar limitations. The therapeutic norms are often not as scientific as we would like to assume.
The diagnosis of conditions such as benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) and prostatitis are often based on collective symptoms rather than documentable scientific studies. In addition, pharmaceutical applications are frequently applied off label. That is, in a manner that is not approved by the FDA. Therefore, it is not possible to objectively quantify efficacy in the context of the theoretic gold standard of a double blind, placebo controlled, crossover trial.
In contrast, applications of integrative models can be more appealing in some situations. Most natural therapies, integrative treatments, or phyto-pharmaceuticals are unapproved in the United States. However, they are the standard of care in many European countries such as Germany. Studies have shown that, in Germany, more than 50% of urologists prefer the natural or CAM therapies in their practices. In Ghana, Urologists are prescribing natural remedies for prostate disorders. Natural remedies such as Sawpalmeto, croton membranaceus et al.

Author: Raphael Nyarkotey Obu

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