By Sarah Cant
This comparative textual content examines the increase of non-orthodox medication and theorizes the altering nature of wellbeing and fitness care in smooth societies. It engages with sociological debates on modernity and postmodernity, anthropological paintings.
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The “earnest seekers” were those consumers who were prepared to try a variety of approaches for one condition and did not intend to carry on with alternative medicine once their immediate problem was resolved. Here, for instance, there was some evidence of users who simultaneously used herbal remedies and analgesics. “Stable users” had a regular relationship with a particular practitioner or therapy, and in this category it is possible that such a relationship may enable the users to consult their practitioner more regularly and without always also consulting their general practitioner.
This seemed to be a frequent pattern (Sharma 1992). Once the parent had tried the therapy for themselves they were happy to use it with their children. Women of course may not have the same success with their partners. In Cant’s (1997)4 study for instance, one respondent talked about how she had convinced all her children to use the homoeopath but could not get her husband to attend: “No, he’s on a different planet, he’d say he had no time, but you need to be a sensitive type of person to go. ” Overall, can we say that illness behaviour is any different among users of alternative medicine?
1993). In other words there is no obvious “type” of user although a more recent study undertaken in Australia suggested that users came from a very select group with a narrow range of social demographic backgrounds (Lloyd et al. 1993), in particular they found that users were more likely to live alone, be university educated and covered by private health insurance and were less likely to smoke and drink alcohol. The authors concluded from these findings that users were more conscious about their health and concerned with healthy living.
A New Medical Pluralism: Complementary Medicine, Doctors, Patients And The State by Sarah Cant