IELTS Writing Task: 2( Agree/Disagree Opinion Essay)

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic.

Currently there is a trend towards the use of alternative forms of medicine. However, at best these methods are ineffective, and at worst they may be dangerous.
To what extend do you agree with this statement?


Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience. 

Write at least 250 words.


Writing Format of Agree Disagree Opinion Essay
        1. Introduction:  Topic and give your opinion (how much you agree or disagree)
        2. Main Paragraph 1:  First reason why you agree or disagree.
        3. Main Paragraph 2:  Second reason why you agree or disagree.
        4. Conclusion:  Summaries your argument.





Alternative medicine is not new. These are being used way before conventional medicine is invented, and it is still used by many people all over the world. I am unconvinced that it is dangerous and feel that both alternative and conventional medicine can be useful to treat a disease.

There are several reasons why the conventional medicine community finds it hard to believe in the alternative form of medicines. First of all, there has been little scientific research in this field, so there is a lack of evidence to support the claim of their supporters. Furthermore, people often try this kind of treatment by the recommendation of their friends and family, and therefore come to the therapist with a very positive attitude, which may be a part of the reason for the cure. Moreover, these medicines are only useful if someone uses it for the long term. Acute medical problems, such as accidental injuries often required more conventional methods.

On the other hand, despite the lack of scientific proof, there is a lot of evidence to suggest that these therapies are useful. Besides, far from being dangerous, they often have few or no side effects, so the worst outcome would be no changes. Moreover, we should not forget that, when there were no modern medicines available at an early age, peoples used these kinds of alternative treatments to cure themselves, and these prove can be easily found in the histories.

To conclude, I strongly believe that conventional and alternative medicine should coexist. They both have completely different strengths and can be used effectively to cure the disease as well as any particular medical problems.

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  1. Question- in many countries, prison is the most common solution to crime. However, the most effective way is to provide better education to people so they would not become criminals . To what extent do you agree or disagree.

    People of various ideologies dwell in the society . Everyone’s notion of handling any problem varies. Conviction as the solution to crime is a conventional way . However , providing education eradicates criminal bent of mind is supported by many which needs to be pondered upon.

    According to my perception, imprisonment doesn’t surefire success as a solution to crime . Undoubtedly, it inflicts remorse and regret in some. However, the psyche is responsible for committing crime. Besides that, being subjected to substandard conditions proves to be noxious towards the psychological health. Punishment either leads to regret or acts as a catalyst towards developing an even dangerous criminal. Precaution is better than cure is apt. Thus, the best solution is to cease the procedure of transforming into a criminal.

    Education causes people to overcome menial boundaries and think wider. Moreover, knowledge of various reforms , laws alongwith consequences restrain people from executing any immoral deed. Learning about the struggle of freedom fighters fosters a feeling of boundedness along with enhancing national integrity. Innate characteristics have a significant impact. However , the ambience plays an important role as well. An educated individual is more likely to commit fewer crimes, possessing social and moral values . Moreover, a literate person has more financial stability. Thus, eradicating economic reasons of committing crime.

    In the epilogue, conviction further worsens the problem. Hence, education is most instrumental in the pursuit od achieving a sound, noble and crime-free society.

  2. Nowadays, many alternative medicines to cure diseases are developed all over the world. Alternative medicines can be used to make people strong and healthier. Some people said that it may be ineffective or side effects in some circumstances but at worst may be dangerous. I agree to some extent with this idea for many different factors.
    On the one hand, alternative medicines are becoming rival to traditional therapies like therapy with needle in Chinese and herbal medicines. People today are more using alternative medicines widespread than people in the past because it can be available in everywhere. There are many kinds of diseases like cancer, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes that can be cured by alternative medicines. Nevertheless, the last stage of cancer patient may not be saved by using alternative medicines.
    On the other hand, alternative medicines have some drawbacks. People can suffer allergies and severe symptoms if she or he is not suitable or fit with it . In some condition, people can die because of alternative medicines. Furthermore, taking one medicine for long term has noticeable impact on stomach. Therefore, individuals should take medicines under the instruction of doctors and healthcare workers. Otherwise, they would face undesirable health problems.
    In conclusion, alternative medicines have both benefits as well as drawbacks. The most important thing is to take medicine under the instruction of doctor.

  3. In the future, more people will choose to go on holiday in their own country and not to travel abroad on holiday.
    Do you agree or disagree?
    Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your knowledge or experience.

    In a modern world, there has been an accelerating trend of people travelling to different countries for leisure. However, some travel experts believe that a large group of population would explore the local tourist places in the near future rather than hopping around the world. In my opinion, I believe that many people will prefer to travel in their own country in the coming days.
    Firstly, going on holidays in your own country is cheap and affordable as compared to travelling overseas. As we all know that many people suffered through financial crises due to the world-wide spread of COVID-19 thus it is worth considering that now budget travellers would wish to on the vacation to nearby travel destinations which would not burden their pockets. For example, one of my friends used to go on an international holiday every year however, this year she chose to travel Shimla- a hill station, as she was tight on money.
    Secondly, there is no denying that the advancement in electronic and social media has made humankind familiar with numerous beautiful places of the country. Nowadays, there are several channels available online which reveal the country’s most astonishing sites and spots. Furthermore, the government has started telecasting advertisements to boost tourism. All these initiatives have encouraged masses to go on a holiday in their respective countries. To illustrate, according to ‘National Tourism Survey 2018,’ there is an increase in India’s tourism rate by 35 per cent due to the expansion of media platforms and advertisements.
    In conclusion, there is a high possibility that the wanderers will prefer going on trips in the country where they reside. This will not only save their hard-earned income but in turn, will help local businesses flourish therefore contribute to improving the national economy.

  4. World is changing at a rapid pace with various inventions and discoveries in myriad fields like technology, medicine, and economics. Scientific breakthroughs in the field of medical science have given a ray of hope to people suffering from life-threatening diseases. However, alternative forms of treatment like homeopathy and naturopathy have gained popularity over the past few years. In my opinion, the use of these alternative methods should be discouraged as they can have a negative impact on a person’s health.

    Firstly, alternative forms of treatment can cause irreversible damage to human body. Often, these methods do not have any scientific evidence supporting them, and they are made popular by people who do not hold a valid medical degree. These people are those who want to make money by hook or by crook. For instance, in India, close to 2000 deaths were recorded in a village named Macchra in the year 2015 following the consumption of a homeopathic mixture prepared by a local priest in the village’s temple. People consumed this mixture because they were told that it could help them get rid of arthritis. As a result, it lead to the untimely death of many people due to the absence of any scientific data proving the safety of that homeopathic mixture.

    Lastly, these forms of treatment are not effective and they burn a hole in one’s pocket. Since these ways are not based on scientific studies, they fail to cure an ailment. Also, these treatments cost an arm and a leg because individuals providing these treatments aim to extract as much money as possible by making false promises. For instance, one of my friends went to a homeopathic doctor to get rid of pimples and excess skin oil. Even after two years of visiting that doctor regularly , her skin’s condition is the same. However, she spent half of her savings on a baseless treatment. Consequently, this alternative form of treatment cost her a fortune.

    In the end, I would like to restate that I strongly discourage the usage of other methods of treatment as they can damage a person’s health. Also, along with being ineffective, these treatments make people spend their hard earned money on treatments, which, in my opinion, are totally useless and a way of fooling people.

  5. Nowadays the practice of non conventional medical methods are increasing. Many people believe that the negative effects of these medical practices far outweigh its positive effects. But in my opinion, practicing these forms of medicine are very beneficial for both human mind and body.

    One of the major advantage of alternative forms of medicine is that have very little or no side effects. For example, aromatherapy is a widely practiced alternative approach for pain relief which poses no side effects compared to the pain medication provided by the conventional medical practices. Another argumet in favour of alternative forms of medicine is that almost all of the products used for treatment are natural substances which does not have any harmful impact on the human body. For example, ayurveda, a widely practiced alternative medical form, produces all of its medicines from one or other part of a plant or herb.

    Yet another reason in support of alternative forms medicine is that they largely concentrate on preventive medicine. There is no doubt in the fact that it is always better to prevent diseases rather then treating them after it has occured. Many of the lifesytle diseases like high blood pressure, diabetics etc can be prevented by consuming some ayurvedic products in the day to day life.

    In conclusion, the practices like ayurveda or aromatherapy can be very helpful in many medical conditions and also in maintaining a healthy lifestyle which will
    inturn contribute to a healthy body and mind. Promoting these prcatices can therefore be very helpful to many a people.

  6. Nowadays, along with rapid development of science and technology, seems majority of diseases can be cured with advanced treatment and medicine. But there are great number of people seeking for alternated drugs. Those drugs are labeled with unreliable, some even being treated to have detrimental consequence on the course of treatment. However, I disagree that looking for different type of drugs will only have negative impact.

    Admitted or not, medicine development is not sufficient and it still need greater experienment from different fields, especially for those deadly illness. With our current medicine, HIV cannot be cured and numerous patients are still suffering from this disease. the only available of drugs for doctor to prescribe to the patients is pain killer, which essentially not changing the course of illness. patients are looking for substituted drug and hope it can improve their well-being, in such case, as comtemporary medicine encounters its bottle-neck, patients should advised to not only limited themselves with existing medicine, but also looking for new type of drugs.
    Furthermore, trying new medicine is the way to discover new treatment for complicated illness. As for advanced illness like cancer, patients need to undergo a long term radiotherapy, which is not only painful but also require patients to have great endurance, which most of patient are not capable of in a long run. the homeopathy medicine make of herbes is another pain-free option for cancer patient. As more and more patients opt to painless herbal medicine, hospitals are paying more attention on herbal medicine, various medical laboratoris have established for experimentation and discovering new medicine from herbes.

    In conclusion, alternative medicine shall not be treated as all evil, hospital and people should try to understand patients when they are using alternative drug. rather than demonize them, think out of the box, maybe it is another way to foster the development of modern medicine.

  7. Currently there is a trend towards the use of alternative forms of medicine. However, at best these methods are ineffective, and at worst they may be dangerous.
    To what extend do you agree with this statement?

    Every now and then, new medicines are being developed and people are not sure about the effects of these medicines as they can have a detrimental effect on human health. In my opinion, I agree that conventional medicines need to be tested through proper procedures to test them for their harmful effects, however people are forced to consume these medicines particularly in developing countries.
    In 19th century where medical knowledge was developing at a slow pace compared to the current generation, doctors would not have complete knowledge if the medicine they are prescribing to the patient is safe or not. Furthermore, patients would likely trust their instincts more and try on other conventional methods where the medicine can be considered more dangerous than the one prescribed. For example, there was a case in Northern Europe where the newly developed medicine was given to the patients without proper trials which resulted in patient passing away the next day due to poison being found in the prescribed medicines. This case led to people looking for other forms of medicines. Alternatively, nowadays people can easily find about the cause and effects of the specific medicine through doctors who has proper knowledge about the patients’ use of alternate medicines and can give a proper advice on the use of these conventional medicines
    People in developing countries do not have the luxury to buy these medicines and are more prone to diseases. So people tend to look for conventional medicines which are locally made and can cause side effects which they consider it non-threatening. Especially in Africa, most of the natives there make their own living by selling self-created medicines and sell them to people roaming in streets. Most natives do not seem to care about the after effects of taking a medicine and just consume them for a sake of ‘cure’.
    In conclusion, researches are being done in the medical field to test for any adverse effects on human through trial-and-error method. Moreover, developing countries are looking for conventional ways to treat diseases and consequently are paying for their carelessness without proper consultation.

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