Western medicine has a long history of treating ailments such as tuberculosis, and it’s increasingly used in other disciplines as well, including in healthcare.
But the medical profession is starting to question its value as a cure.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it will ban a popular herbal remedy called Western Medicine Dayton, which is also used to treat chronic coughs and bronchitis.
And in Canada, the American College of Physicians (ACP) released a report this week calling Western Medicine a “potentially dangerous” alternative to traditional medicine.
“There is a need to establish an independent regulatory framework that is based on sound science and evidence,” the ACP said.
The ACP has called for a national ban on Western Medicine and other “non-traditional” remedies in the United States, saying it “may contribute to the proliferation of harmful medical treatments” such as those used to relieve migraines, seizures, depression and many other disorders.
The Western Medicine Act was passed in 2004 and prohibits the use of “drugs, devices, or other means of administration that have the potential to induce, exacerbate, or cause severe adverse effects in healthy people.”
It also bans the use or production of herbal products that are derived from “cultivar, cultivar, or species of a plant.”
Western Medicine Daytons, which are made of a combination of a root extract, leaves, berries, and water, are also sold as an alternative to “other herbs” and “dietary supplements.”
The products are sold under the names of “Western Medicine,” “Western Dayton,” and “Western Nutrition.”
The ACPS report said the products are marketed to treat diseases including coughs, allergies, asthma, and depression.
“In addition, the products contain no effective and safe treatments for conditions such as Crohn’s disease, Lyme disease, Crohn-Pulmonary disease, and a variety of other conditions that are known to be associated with high rates of hospitalizations and deaths,” the report said.
“Western Medicine products have been associated with significant adverse health outcomes such as increased risk of liver cancer, cardiovascular disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and osteoproblems.”
The report said that there are also reports that Western Medicine is linked to “serious adverse effects,” including an increase in the risk of pancreatitis and pancreatitis-related cancers.
The report also cited the use and abuse of the products as “contributing to the rising incidence of obesity and diabetes in the U.