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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. 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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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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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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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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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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Ayurveda is an alternative medicine to what?

Ayurveda is an alternative medicine to what?

Ayurveda…: …is the traditional medicine practiced in india; it is considered an alternative medicine to western allopathic/osteopathic medicine, which arose from greek & european traditions. ...Read more

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How effective is holistic medicine?

How effective is holistic medicine?

The most effective: Genuinely holistic medicine only adds to medicine's effectiveness. By not just treating symptoms or diagnoses, but adding attention to nutrition, stress, attitude, and adding treatments like acupuncture, bodywork, and mindbody medicine, it gives the patient a better chance to get well. Lots of things use the label holistic that are not at all holistic. Holistic medicine includes medicine. ...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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Best natural medicine for cold?

Best natural medicine for cold?

The one you know: You know already your mom's chicken soup ! ...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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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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What medicine works best for cold?

What medicine works best for cold?

Medicine isn't alway: Needed. Cold tips: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a netti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect ; mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

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How effective is naturopathic medicine?

How effective is naturopathic medicine?

In my area: In my specific specialty area of reproductive endocrinology and infertility is has almost no proven use, although it's very popular. ...Read more

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What best medicine for allergy?

What best medicine for allergy?

Antihistamines: Antihistamines such claritin, (loratadine) zyrtec work for a lot of patients. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between "holistic medicine" and "complementary and alternative medicine" ?

Is there a difference between "holistic medicine" and "complementary and alternative medicine" ?

Yes and No.: These terms may be used interchangeably to distinguish them from conventional or orthodox medicine. Technically, "holistic medicine" refers to using a approach where the body is encouraged to do its own healing. In contrast, "complementary medicine" refers to a practice of medicine that works with conventional medicine and "alternative medicine" refers to using natural means other than drugs. ...Read more

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Best medicine for cough?

Best medicine for cough?

Honey in tea: Honestly, most studies have shown limited benefit from store-bought cough remedies. In fact, when compared to lemon and honey in tea....Guess which was best, and safest. Yep, our moms and grandmothers were right! ...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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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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