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Dr. Maiysha Clairborne
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Alternative Medicine Services (Overview)

Alternative Medicine Services are often allied with allopathic hospitals and include alternative and complementary medical services, such as acupuncture.


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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. Maiysha Clairborne
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Alternative Medicine Services (Overview)

Alternative Medicine Services are often allied with allopathic hospitals and include alternative and complementary medical services, such as acupuncture.


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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

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Why call standard medicine "allopathy"?

Not our choice: In the late 1800s american medicine was very fragmented and not standardized. Physicians with mds existed, but the level of care was pretty poor and formal training was spotty. The opportunity existed for a lot of other alternative professions to arise such as osteopathy, naturopathy, homeopathy, chiropractic, etc. To give us a name they decided on "allopathy, " which is pretty ridiculous. ...Read more

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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

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Are family physicians trained in alternative medicine?

Are family physicians trained in alternative medicine?

Not Necessarily: The basic requirements for family medicine training are uniform around the country and there is little required training on alternative treatments. However, specific training programs may provide more background and training in this area. ...Read more

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Is there any insurance coverage for people wanting to use alternative medicine practitioners?

Is there any insurance coverage for people wanting to use alternative medicine practitioners?

AAIM: The American Academy of Insurance Medicine is a member-based group open to physicians who are medical directors of insurance companies, as well as underwriters, medical consultants and other professionals working in insurance medicine. AAIM's physician members who serve as medical directors serve as advisors for underwriting and consultants for claims and plan designs http://www.aaimedicine.org ...Read more

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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

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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

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Is chiropractic medicine a legit treatment?

Not really: Chiropractic relies on an outmoded theory of disease causation which has been disproven time and again. Chiropractic manipulation can cause some symptom relief but can be dangerous and diagnosis and cure are beyond the practice of chiropractic. It is legit in the sense that their lobbying and legal suit actions have forced coverage for chiros in most jurisdictions. ...Read more

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Is integrative medicine accepted? Worthwhile?

Is integrative medicine accepted? Worthwhile?

Yes: Over the years more and more medical schools have been developing integrative medicine centers, and there's a consortium of academic health centers for integrative medicine: http://www.Imconsortium.Org/ there are fellowships where practicing physicians may study, such as http://integrativemedicine.Arizona.Edu/ there is a medical board also: http://www.Abihm.Org/ these are all health signs. ...Read more

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In oriental medicine acupuncture and alternative medicine do you undress?

In oriental medicine acupuncture and alternative medicine do you undress?

Not always: It depends what problem you might have. Some very experience acupuncturist can make a diagnosis by checking your pulse, ear, or more modern practitioners will use different computer programs ...Read more

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Traditional chinese medicine for fecal impaction?

Traditional chinese medicine for fecal impaction?

Not sure: Many of our medicines are derived from plants in our environment. If traditional chinese medicine means using some herbs with mild laxative effect (we still have these in our natural food stores!), more water intake, and perhaps a gentle enema, that seems reasonable. However, i can't see how acupuncture would aid. If this doesn't improve quickly, see your doctor: there may be a more serious cause. ...Read more

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Are family physicians be trained in complimentary or alternative medicine?

Mostly not.: The definition of complimentary and alternative medicine is slippery.I am a D.O., doctor of osteopathic medicine, and many M.D.'s consider my practice of manipulation, and philosophy of body self healing to be apocryphal(not accepted).I adhere to evidence based medicine as much as any dr.-but even the evidence isn't that firm.We learn more even day.Gsk told use Paxil (paroxetine) was safe in kids, not. ...Read more

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Any value to complementary and alternative medicine?

Any value to complementary and alternative medicine?

Most certainly: More than 40% of adults say they use complementary and alternative medicine. More and more doctors are embracing these therapies too. The mayo clinic and the national center for complementary and alternative medicine are funding scientific research at this moment, and much work has already been done which verifies the efficacy of a natural medicine approach in specific conditions. ...Read more

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Can regular md doctors practice alternative medicine?

Yes: Depnding on their training-- yes any physician who is sufficiently trained may practice alternative medicine. ...Read more

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What's your opinion of chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopaths and other alternative medicine specialists?

What's your opinion of chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopaths and other alternative medicine specialists?

Good but it depends: Some practitioners in all fields of medicine are better at it than others. Some are too opinionated to get good answers, some more skilled than others, some curious to dig deep and have great instincts too. But generally speaking, I am delighted that more and more people are gaining access to real healthcare instead of getting hooked on pharmaceuticals and dealing with the side effects. ...Read more

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Is homeopathy a reliable alternative to mainstream medicine?

Is homeopathy a reliable alternative to mainstream medicine?

For some things, yes: Conventional medicine is excellent in emergencies, overwhelming infections, and conditions requiring surgery. Homeopathy excels in supporting healing after the above crises, and in chronic conditions not otherwise helped. You'll need an experienced practitioner who can accurately perceive your problem & prescribe the 1 out of 4000 remedies that specifically matches your symptoms. ...Read more

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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

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Is holistic medicine actually? Legitimate?

Is holistic medicine actually? Legitimate?

Yes, it is: Holistic medicine is a legitimate field. Its body of expertise includes whole-person health, nutrition, mind-body interventions, tcm/acupuncture, herbs, energy medicine, homeopathy, manual medicine, spirituality, and more. Physicians who practice holistic medicine come from from many specialties. There is an american board of holistic integrative medicine: see http://www.Abihm.Org/ for info. ...Read more

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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

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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

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What is complimentary and alternative medicine?

What is complimentary and alternative medicine?

CAM: Complementary and alternative medicine ("cam") is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that usually aren't considered a part of conventional medicine. "complementary" treatments might be used in conjunction with conventional ones; "alternative" treatments would be used instead of conventional ones. For a lot more info, see: http://nccam.Nih.Gov/. ...Read more

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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

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Any value to complementary and alternative medicine?

Most certainly: More than 40% of adults say they use complementary and alternative medicine. More and more doctors are embracing these therapies too. The mayo clinic and the national center for complementary and alternative medicine are funding scientific research at this moment, and much work has already been done which verifies the efficacy of a natural medicine approach in specific conditions. ...Read more

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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

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Describe the features of complementary or alternative medicine.?

Alternative medicine: Complementary and alternative medicine (cam) approach is to holisitically treat the patient using lifestyle, alternative therapies, nutrition, as well as supplements and or herbs. The emphasis is on bringing balance rather than just treating a problem. Combining this with traditional medicine can lead to longer lasting and more effective outcomes. ...Read more

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What drugs are classified as complementary and alternative medicine?

What drugs are classified as complementary and alternative medicine?

None: Drugs are regulated by the fda and require proof of efficacy and safety. Remedies used by naturopaths and similar providers have not been tested for either efficacy or safety and in fact are totally not subject to any federal oversight unless they are found to be dangerous in clinical use. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative medicine for stress?

Exercise: Stress is normal. Do not become a "chemical coper". Exercise and relaxation techniques are far better for you than anti-anxiety medications. ...Read more

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What is an alternative medicine for alpraquil?

What is an alternative medicine for alpraquil?

Antianxiety herbs: Usually this medication is used for the treatment of anxiety. There are a number of herbal remedies which may help for this condition depending on the symptoms and other factors. Some of my favorites include chamomile, lemon balm, the ayurvedic herb ashwagandha (withania somnifera), and l-theanine which is found naturally in tea but can also be taken as a supplement. ...Read more

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Why do many doctors oppose alternative medicine?

Why do many doctors oppose alternative medicine?

Proven vs unproven: By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. They therefore remain "alternative". Doctors like proof. ...Read more

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What's the best alternative medicine for diabetes?

What's the best alternative medicine for diabetes?

Depends: The only way to treat type one, Insulin dependent diabetes, is with insulin. In this disease, your body makes no insulin. There is no alternative; you take your Insulin or you die. Type two diabetes involves Insulin resistance. 80% of people with this problem are obese. Ala (a type of fatty acid) has been shown to help in some studies. Recently cinnamon has drawn attention as a treatment. ...Read more

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Are wormwood capsules a safe, alternative medicine?

Are wormwood capsules a safe, alternative medicine?

NO!!!: Most herbal medicines are quite safe but wormwood is not one of them! there are several varieties of wormwood, but this usually refers to artemesia absinthium. It has a long history of folk use for treating worms, dyspepsia & fever but it has the potential to cause seizures, hallucinations, kidney failure & miscarriage. See www.Drugs.Com/npp/wormwood.Html & hit the tap button to see my comment:. ...Read more

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How could i treat vasovagal with alternative medicine?

Keep hydrated: Also, avoid situations that cause the symptoms and wear compression stockings. First and foremost, make sure diagnosis is correct. ...Read more

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Can there be alternative medicine to keep prostate health?

Can there be alternative medicine to keep prostate health?

Cardiac diet: In looking at alternative therapies, nutraceutical experts had suggested the cardiac diet often leads to good urologic health as well. Conventional therapies include Alpha blockers which relax the stroma which is smooth muscle in the prostate gland land allow for easier urinary flow. Five Alpha reductase inhibitors may reduce the size of the gland or at least prevent further growth. ...Read more

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Alternative medicine? For high-tech test results like anticcp?

Alternative medicine? For high-tech test results like anticcp?

Not likely.: Apparently, these are antibodies to cyclic citrullinated protein antibodies (anti-ccp) that are often seen in the blood of rheumatoid arthritis patients. Their significance in RA is questionable at best, and they may not be directly involved with it. Having said this it is unlikely there is medicine with any affect on the levels of this antibody. ...Read more

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Why do mainstream doctors shun alternative medicine even when it works?

Some do not: Sometimes when a profession trains its members that they provide the only safe type of medicine, the practitioners will be less open to other solutions. Many physicians do embrace the usefulness of effective alternative therapies, but many times they may not know enough about the practices to discuss and often physicians don't like looking less than stellar in terms of their knowledge. ...Read more

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Which type of jobs can you get with a bachelor in alternative medicine?

One thought: This is just a thought. I have seen many articles written for the internet about medical issues that are written by people with no medical background. You have some training in alternative medicine -so perhaps you could write articles about this. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are there alternative medicine to keep prostate health?

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Can you tell me, are there alternative medicine to keep prostate health?

Not really,...: All so-called prostate health supplements contain the following ingredients - saw palmetto, pygeum, zinc, selenium, lycopene, multiple vitamins, etc., and fail to generate constant effect/benefits as claimed. So, no magic pill for prostate health. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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