Top
20
Doctor insights on: Alternative Medicine Depression

Share
1

1
Is complimentary and alternative medicine an alternative approach to conventional allopathic medicine?

Is complimentary and alternative medicine an alternative approach to conventional allopathic medicine?

No: If you get seriously sick, the treatment you get is evidence based. You're not getting it because it's "conventional" or because of a cultural or power-grab conspiracy, it's because it's what's most likely to work, as can be shown in the courts of science and the law. "Alternative" stuff like laetrile and gallstone flushes preys on the gullibility of desperate people. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
4,588 doctors shared insights

Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


2

2
How effective are complementary and/or alternative medicine therapies for fibromyalgia?

How effective are complementary and/or alternative medicine therapies for fibromyalgia?

Yes: Complementary and / or alternative therapies can be very helpful in treating fibromyalgia. Diet, exercise, supplements, meditation, yoga, massage, acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback, physical therapy, and chiropractic manipulation have all shown to be helpful in treating fibromyalgia. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
3

3
Is complementary and alternative medicine safe?

Is complementary and alternative medicine safe?

Usually: Since most aspects of complementary and alternative medicine have never been put to clinical trials, they are mostly ineffective. But the placebo effect is generally safe, so although you might be wasting your money, the only harm is the avoidance of getting an actual real diagnosis and proper treatment from a real doctor. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
4

4
Medical opinions: nootropics, tcm, &chiropractors a safe alternative to psych meds for ptsd & mood disorders and pain medicines for chronic pain?

Medical opinions:  nootropics, tcm, &chiropractors a safe alternative to psych meds for ptsd & mood disorders and pain medicines for chronic pain?

Really complicated: So many therapeutic approaches are in your question, it's impossible to answer. Even the "nootropic" part is extremely complicated. These can be food substances like phenethylamine and l-theanine (found in chocolate and green tea) or many other things. Different ones have different characteristics, safety, & effectiveness. An integrative physician could help guide you. www.holisticboard.org. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
5

5
Whats holistic, complementary and alternative medicine?

Whats holistic, complementary and alternative medicine?

Whole Person: Holistic (and integrative) medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies (including. "alternative" & "complementary" medicine = those not usually taught in conventional med schools. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
7

7
Is hypnotherapy effective for treating psychiatric illness?

Is hypnotherapy effective for treating psychiatric illness?

Depends upon who: you read. Hypnotherapists will tell you "Yes." My experience as a therapist of 30 years says "No" and I practiced hypnosis 10 years. ...Read more

8

8
Alternative medicine is not real medicine-thoughts?

Alternative medicine is not real medicine-thoughts?

Alternative Medicine: Alternative medicine is just that an alternative to modern medicine. It can include off label use of modern medicine, or natural medicine like herbs and homeopathy, or traditional medicines chinese acupuncture and ayurveda. ...Read more

See 3 more doctor answers
9

9
Alternative treatments for atypical depression?

Alternative treatments for atypical depression?

Alternative depressi: Traditional chinese medicine, indian remedies (ayurvedic med.), yoga, meditation, diet, exercise, etc. ...Read more

10

10
How is anti-aging medicine (aam) different from geriatrics? Is anti-aging medicine (aam) different from geriatrics?

How is anti-aging medicine (aam) different from geriatrics? Is anti-aging medicine (aam) different from geriatrics?

Nutrition: Aam deals with biochemical aspect understanding of nutritional issues/deficencies of each medical condition. Geriatrics deals with prevention, promotion, preservation and independence but little training on nutrtional management. Both aam and geriatrics do manage what we call successful aging. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
11

11
Best working antidepressant medication? Any tips?

Best working antidepressant medication? Any tips?

None is "best": There are no reliable differences in how well different antidepressants work. For this reason, they are mostly prescribed on the basis of side-effects. I.e., more sedating meds when depression interferes with sleep, more activating meds when depression saps daytime energy. Some are more apt to upset stomach, others to lower sex drive. Balancing these factors can be subtle. ...Read more

13

13
Orlistat medicine alternatives?

Orlistat medicine alternatives?

Orlistat: Exercise more eat less. Get the app myfitnesspal. Track calories for 2 weeks. Then lower intake by 500 a day and you will get to goal eventually. slow but sure. ...Read more

14

14
Is traditional chinese medicine effective compared to regular medicine?

Depends: Chinese medicine can be an effective treatment for many things. For certain health issues it may be more effective, for others it may be equal but with differing side effects, and for still others western medicine may be more effective. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
15

15
Alternative medicines like homeopathy for meningioma?

Alternative medicines like homeopathy for meningioma?

Meningioma: Meningioma is usually a slow-growing, benign tumor of the protective coverings of the brain/spinal cord. They can be found incidentally on MRI scans -- and unless pressing on other structures, they're usually observed rather than operated upon. I do know of cases where homeopathy has seemed to resolve such tumors. It requires astute, complete casetaking by a skilled professional homeopath. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
16

16
Is there alternative methods to treating depression without dealing with quacks and drugs?

Is there alternative methods to treating depression without dealing with  quacks and drugs?

Yes.: Seek an expert mental health professional who takes the time to hear you & to begin to know you clinically. Listen to him/her. Engage. If that professional communicates effectively with you, work with him/her. Expertly managed psycho-active meds may be crucial, but it is a comprehensive process not just a prescription that will determine your response/recovery. ...Read more

See 3 more doctor answers
17

17
Is psychotherapy for treating depression?

Not only: Psychotherapy has been shown to be helpful in treating various mental ailments; psychotherapy also helps a person cope with physical ailments; psychotherapy can be used to improve communication skills, self-concept, parenting skills, anger management, etc. There is individual psychotherapy, couples/marital/family. ...Read more

See 5 more doctor answers
20

20
Can holistic medicine work for arthritis patients?

Can holistic medicine work for arthritis patients?

Yes...: We refer patients to holistic md's and we have seen some encouraging results from doctors prescribing supplements. Also holistic doctors are likely to suggest that a patient make some dietary changes and consider doing a cleanse to remove toxins including heavy metals. A clifford report may be used by a holistic doctor to help guide treatment. ...Read more

See 3 more doctor answers
Dr. Heidi Fowler
437 doctors shared insights

Alternative Medicine (Definition)

Alternative medicine is the practice of healing that does not fall into the realm of conventional allopathic medicine. Many think it is usually based on cultural or historical traditions rather than scientific data. However, only recently is science catching up with history. For example, acupuncture meridians have finally been discovered by science. Types of alternative medicine include ...Read more