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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


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Alternative therapies for sle?

Alternative therapies for sle?

No reason too: Lupus is an autoimmune disease whereby the nuclei in the cells are being attacked by your own immune system. B12 injections may help numerous biochemical pathways but wont lessen or cure lupus. May want to look into functional medicine (http://www.Dasilvainstitute.Com/fuctional-medicine). ...Read more

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Are there effective alternative therapies for dermatomyositis?

Are there effective alternative therapies for dermatomyositis?

Yes: Treatment typically begins with oral steroid however more potent immunosuppressants are often needed. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Could alternative treatment for cancer work?

Could alternative treatment for cancer work?

Unlikely: It is unlikely that alternative therapies on their own will cure cancer. There is no evidence that any of these therapies can actaully cure cancer. However, i'm a firm believer that alternative therapies can be complimentary and have many beneficial effects. Please talk with your oncologist about therapies you may be pursuing so they will know there are no potential conflicts with other treat. ...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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Any effective OTC treatments for psoriasis?

Any effective OTC treatments for psoriasis?

Yes!: For mild skin disease, Hydrocortisone ointment or cream. Scalp: tar, selenium, and zinc pyrithione shampoo. Patient with sebo-psoriasis of the face can wash with these. There is a product: "skin zinc, " also effective. Finally. Mild ultraviolet light-not to the point of burn, will also help. ...Read more

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Is psoral cream good for treating psoriasis?

Is psoral cream good for treating psoriasis?

Psoral cream: Is the creation of a dermatologist in peru that consists (according to its website) petroleum jelly, vitamin a, pine oil based salvia, nicotinic acid, etc & water from the dead sea (which contains many minerals) found no medical studies, just anecdotal testaments. Expensive. Has oily consistency with disagreeable odor. Ask your dermatologist if (s)he knows of this product & if it's effective. ...Read more

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Are there effective naturopathic alternatives for radiation therapy?

Are there effective naturopathic alternatives for radiation therapy?

No: There is no other natural process that can cause the same effect of radiation to kill cancer cells. However, these methods can be complimentary to treating a patient. Its very important to have positive attitudes, exercise, eat well (nutrition and healthy food), spiritual belief, and monitor environmental exposures (don't smoke or drink). Regarding herbs and supplements check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is humira (adalimumab) an effective treatment for psoriasis?

Yes: Humira (adalimumab) is one of our tnf inhibitors and it is a potent medication. It can quite helpful for psoriasis. You and your physician need to discuss the risks and benefits of the drug versus how bad your psoriasis is. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative therapy for osteosarcoma?

Is there an alternative therapy for osteosarcoma?

No: Osteosarcoma is a form of cancer and convnentional oncological therapy is the best option. There are however centers that focus on an integrative approach. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Is there any alternative therapy for ankylosing spondylitis?

Is there any alternative therapy for ankylosing spondylitis?

No but: There is no cure but many ways to manage this including maintaining good postural alignment and bone density which both rely on proper nutrional intake of vitamin d and calcium while maintaining a flexibility program with weight bearing exercise as well as core stabilization exercises & cardiovascular ones. There are naturally occuring anti inflammatory products as well but not regulated doseage. ...Read more

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Are there good alternative therapies for proctitis?

Are there good alternative therapies for proctitis?

Depends but yes: Initially after the diagnosis of proctitis is made, a specialist must determine the extent of the inflammation and the underlying cause, be it idiopathic or related to inflammatory bowel disease or some other cause. This step is necessary in order to determine the appropriate treatment in the short term as well as the long term. ...Read more

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Is bowen therapy effective for fibromyalgia?

Possibly: Seems like everybody is looking for the "magic bullet" to treat fibromyalgia; if this "bowen" therapy works for you then so be it...But to date there have been no studies that I am aware of to demonstrate this. ...Read more

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Are there good alternative therapies for hives?

Are there good alternative therapies for hives?

Not really!: Hives are divided into acute (<6 wks) and chronic (>6 wks). Acute usually are self-limited and go away on their own. Chronic could be due to other health problems, so see your doctor. If there is a known trigger it is treated/removed. If no known trigger, then treatment is usually with a non-sedating antihistamine to suppress the hives. No alternative therapies have been found efficacious. ...Read more

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How effective is panchkarma (ayurveda therapy) for knee therapy?

How effective is panchkarma (ayurveda therapy) for knee therapy?

Ayurveda: Ayurvedic therapy can be effective for numerous musculoskeletal symptoms. However results can vary greatly based on the experience and expertise of the healer as well as the severity of the injury and receptivity of the patient. I would seek treatment from a reputable healer preferably referred to you by people you know. The risks to therapy are negligible so giving it a try seems worth while. ...Read more

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Are there safe alternative therapies for discoid lupus?

Are there safe alternative therapies for discoid lupus?

Avoid sun exposure: The most important therapy is to avoid sun exposure by using hats and or sun screen. ...Read more

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Is meditation an effective alternative to radiation therapy?

Is meditation an effective alternative to radiation therapy?

No: It can not replace radiation. But meditation can make you relax and feel better. A positive attitude and feeling better are important in tolerating any type of treatment. ...Read more

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How effective is photodynamic therapy for acne treatment?

How effective is photodynamic therapy for acne treatment?

Can be quite effecti: Pdt can be quite effective in helping to manage acne. This usually requires a series of treatments. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative therapies for treating rheumatoid arthritis?

Are there any alternative therapies for treating rheumatoid arthritis?

Fish Oil: Studies have shown that fish oil can help reduce symptoms in people with rheumatoid arthritis. However before starting any supplement including fish oil you should discuss it with your doctor to see if it is right for you. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Psoriasis (Definition)

An autoimmune disease that causes itchy, thickened, skin lesions on the skin, nail changes, and occasionally joint arthritis. ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Alternative Therapy (Definition)

Certain exercises, called "breech" exercises have a mild degree of success. Acupuncture also has ...Read more