Natural Medicine VS. Conventional Medicine

Together, my partner and I came up with an outline for our debate, siding with conventional medicine. Our main idea was to find research to refute points the opposing team may make.

Opening Statement:
We’re going to discuss why conventional medicine is a better choice than natural medicine.

Natural medicine consist of essential oils and mixture of household herbs and foods. They are cures conceived through tradition and through wives tales and are not prescribed through a practitioner.

Conventional medicine goes through months of strenuous testing to guarantee it is effective and useful to the user. There are groups such as the FDA that regulate the safety of the medicine to insure it is safe for consumption and use, with little to no side effects. Over-the-counter medicine is typically cheaper than natural remedies and is almost guaranteed to work. When it comes to more expensive medical treatment, there are options available such as insurance to drastically bring down the cost.

-Sometimes people think that if an “essential oil” or other ingredient comes from a plant, it must be safe. But many plants contain materials that are toxic, irritating, or likely to cause allergic reactions when applied to the skin.

-While essential may be useful for mild symptoms, in the case of emergency situations, natural treatments are not the way to go.

What are the benefits?
-Scientists usually do years of experiments in the laboratory and in animals before they can even consider testing an experimental medication in people.
Before a new drug or treatment is put on the market, the FDA requires that it be tested (why have herbal remedies haven’t been approved) to find out if it is both safe and effective for people to use. This testing is done through a process called clinical trials.
Both prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs are tested in clinical trials before they become available to the public.

-There’s a medication for almost everything, and if one doesn’t work or if there’s allergies, there’s other options. Share personal experience about conventional medicine working. This could be a story about advil working and we could relate it to have pretty much everyone has used advil at some point or another and it’s probably worked for them.

-Personal experience: using oils for myself and seeing that the benefits haven’t worked as well.

-Drastically drop in death since conventional medicine has been around: Since 1970, the death rate from heart disease has dropped nearly 60% and deaths from stroke are down 70%. The death rate from cancer has dropped 16% since 1990 and the death rate from HIV/AIDS has dropped more than 75% from its highest point in 1995. In addition, the average lifespan of Americans increased from 69.7 years in 1960 to approximately 80 years in 2007.

Is the cost worth the benefits?
-Cost of usual medicine
NyQuil: around $7.50-$8 Advil: Around $8 or less depending on the bottle size
Allegra: around $15 for allergy medicine depending on the size

-Cost of oils
For essential oils that try to accomplish the same things as the conventional medicines, they cost anywhere from…..
DoTerra: around $26.66 $41.33 $42.67 price range, typically in the higher price range.

-How long the effects last: NyQuil can take anywhere from 6-24 hours to leave your system.
Advil lasts 4-5 hours, allegra, which last around to 24 hours.
When it comes to things like essential oils, there’s no concrete evidence to say how long the essential oils last.

Essential oils and home remedies, no matter what the cost, are not something that can overcome serious illness.
-When it come to more expensive treatments, such as cancer treatment and serious illness, they can still remain at a lower cost, because of things like insurance to bring the price down.
You pay a set amount each month and the insurance will cover up to a certain amount in medical procedures.

-Conventional medicine is crucial in most emergency situations. Naturopathic medicine is the best approach to prevention… Naturopathic medicine is often also the best first step in dealing with chronic illnesses… naturopathic medicine is a great choice for non-emergency acute illnesses, such as colds

Even though nature remedies such as essential oils can be a good choice for acute illnesses, the cost of conventional medicine still remains relatively low when compared to essential oils. Conventional medicine is still a cheaper more potent option when it to everyday illness.

Which is safer?
-safeguards against it negative side effects. Consulting with doctors about the risks of side effects. They ask about medical history, other medications, and they inform you of the things that could cause side-effects, such as physical activity and eating habits.
-If you are experiencing a side effect of essential oils interacting with medication, it can be hard to describe, or even identify the risk if you don’t tell your doctor.

-Natural remedies and essential oils can help in first response to emergency situations, but they are not a replacement to emergency medical treatment.

-Side effects of medicine isn’t actually as common as most people think. Most medicines say side effects are Uncommon, meaning between one in 100 and one in 1,000 people are affected. Not a high amount at all.

-When it comes to treating mental illness, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, you don’t want to take a gamble with something that is not tested. You need proven medicine that WILL work.
-According to Cancer Research UK, there is no scientific evidence that any alternative therapy works.

When you think of conventional medicine, it could still be considered natural to an extent.
-Examples of pharmacologically active substances derived from plants include morphine from opium poppy, nicotine from the tobacco plant, cannabinoids from cannabis leaves, caffeine from tea and coffee, cardiac glycosides (digoxin and digitoxin) from woolly foxglove, quinine from the cinchona tree, and salicylates from the bark of the white willow tree.
Pharmaceutical medicine is still somewhat derived from nature and plants, just at a higher concentration.

-If an “essential oil” or other fragrance is “natural” or “organic,” doesn’t that mean it’s safe?
Sometimes people think that if an “essential oil” or other ingredient comes from a plant, it must be safe. But many plants contain materials that are toxic, irritating, or likely to cause allergic reactions when applied to the skin.
For example, cumin oil is safe in food, but can cause the skin to blister. Certain citrus oils used safely in food can also be harmful in cosmetics, particularly when applied to skin exposed to the sun.
FDA doesn’t have regulations defining “natural” or “organic” for cosmetics. All cosmetic products and ingredients must meet the same safety requirement, regardless of their source. To learn more, see “’Organic’ Cosmetics” and “FDA’s Poisonous Plant Database.”

Closing Argument:
Conventional medicine is popular for a reason. It is effective, safe, and cost efficient.
Effective, because it strongly affects our systems to respond to illness and injury.
It is safe because of all of the tests that medicines have to go through. The prescription process also helps prevent unwanted side-effects by careful consultation with practitioners.
And they’re cheap. Even more expensive medications offer insurance options that can severely reduce the price. Versus expensive essential oils.


What side effect words mean:

Conventional Medicine for emergencies:

Both prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs are tested in clinical trials before they become available to the public:

Drop in death since conventional medicine: (

Cancer and a natural cure has no research behind it:

Just because it’s an essential oil, doesn’t make it safe:

Pharmaceutical medicine is still derived from plants, just at a higher concentration:


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