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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herbal Medicine Services (Overview)

Herbal medicine services offer medical therapy through herb use, either as a complementary or alternative method to allopathic medicine.


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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herbal Medicine Services (Overview)

Herbal medicine services offer medical therapy through herb use, either as a complementary or alternative method to allopathic medicine.


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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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Medicine, traditional chinese medicine, chiropractic manipulation, and energy healing --which is legit?

Medicine, traditional chinese medicine, chiropractic manipulation, and energy healing --which is legit?

All legit at times: Obviously "medicine is "legit" but that does not mean it is the only valid approach & many conditions are not helped much by conventional medicine.There is scientific research confirming that tcm, chir. And energy healing can be beneficial, but it depends on the condition. Like medicine, each of these can each help some conditions more than others & some practitioners are more skilled than others. ...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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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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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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Does holistic health mean integrative medicine?

Does holistic health mean integrative medicine?

No: Integrative medicine embodies holistic health principles (creating wellness in mind-body-spirit: i.e. Whole person health care) but holistic health can be practiced by anyone, anywhere. ...Read more

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Are there any benefits to chinese herbal medicine?

Yes: Both Western medications & Traditional Chinese Medicines can be beneficial. You must be cautious about what you use however. I try to be aware if I am taking a TCM medication that utilizes a rare or endangered species (like rhino horn or rare sea horses). Sometimes can contain contaminants (such as mercury in shark). ...Read more

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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

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How are complementary health therapies different from holistic medicine?

How are complementary health therapies different from holistic medicine?

Holistic Medicine: "complementary health therapies" may be practiced by non-physicians, and are usually used along with ongoing conventional treatments. "holistic medicine" is practiced by physicians, and is the art and science of healing that addresses the whole person. It integrates conventional and complementary therapies to promote optimal health, and prevent and treat disease. http://www.holisticmedicine.org. ...Read more

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Homeopathic medicine to aid withdrawal from seroxat?

Homeopathic medicine to aid withdrawal from seroxat?

No: Homeopathic medicines are not given to combat side effects of medications or withdrawal from seroxat (paroxetine). Instead, they are given to address the disturbance in your healing system that produced your original symptoms (panic, etc, according to your additional info). Work with an expert homeopath on this. There are 3000+ known homeopathic remedies, and it takes skill to apply them well. ...Read more

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Any advice for herbal medicine for impotence?

Any advice for herbal medicine for impotence?

Don't waste your $$: There are no herbal medicine that works. Cut down your tobacco, control your glucose and lose weight. Talk w/your doctor about any other medication. That's the only things other than relaxation and prescription rx that can help. ...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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Can western and chinese medical doctors collaborate?

Can western and chinese medical doctors collaborate?

Yes: More and more western doctors are collaborating with other health professions including chinese medical doctors. Ask your chinese practitioner if they have any recommendations on western doctors that are open or ask your western doctor if they are willing to collaborate. You can try looking into academic medical centers that have integrative medicine or find a holistic or integrative M.D. ...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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Can regular md doctors practice alternative medicine?

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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Do homoeopathic medicines work?

Do homoeopathic medicines work?

Yes, I do: It depends on the patient, the problem, and the skill of the homeopath in taking the case, though. Some problems are not appropriate to treat primarily with homeopathy, and doing this will be both ineffective and possibly unsafe. I've personally worked with many patients not helped through conventional means, and witnessed their gradual recovery. I've had positive results in my own health too. ...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 there herbal medicine for gastroparesis?

Is there herbal medicine for gastroparesis?

Gastroparesis: Before trying experimental therapy would suggest a thorough gastroenterology work up in trying to understand the cause for your symptoms. Treating conditions that may result in gastroparesis like symptoms would benefit you the most. ...Read more

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Is there any herbal medicine for reactive hbsag?

Is there any herbal medicine for reactive hbsag?

No: Anyone trying to sell you something to remove the hepatitis B surface antigen from your body is scamming you. Milk thistle failed miserably a while back. I suspect you already realize this. Try to manage your illness with your physician, and be optimstic -- the next generation of treatments may really clear the infection. ...Read more

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Are there any herbal medicine for gastroparesis?

Are there any herbal medicine for gastroparesis?

No: No herbal medicines have been proven effective for this condition. Naturopaths have several they claim can be of help but none have been shown clinically effective. See your GI doctor or family doctor if you have this condition. ...Read more

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Whicn herbal medicine can cure gout permanently?

Whicn herbal medicine can cure gout permanently?

None: Gout is due to excess uric acid. Decreasing uric acid requires dietary changes and/or medications. Herbs do not reduce uric acid sufficiently to cure gout. ...Read more

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Are there any benefits to chinese herbal medicine?

Yes: Both Western medications & Traditional Chinese Medicines can be beneficial. You must be cautious about what you use however. I try to be aware if I am taking a TCM medication that utilizes a rare or endangered species (like rhino horn or rare sea horses). Sometimes can contain contaminants (such as mercury in shark). ...Read more

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Can you tell me herbal medicine for reactive hbsag?

Can you tell me herbal medicine for reactive hbsag?

Supplemental only: Milk thistle has been studied with variable results. Key is that you keep clearly in mind that herbal remedies are at best adjuncts in the management of a very serious health problem. We can manage this illness nowadays, and there may be a cure down the road. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is the best herbal medicine to treat diabetes?

What is the best herbal medicine to treat diabetes?

NONE: In my > 35 years of practice i've heard of all manner of herbal and natural treatments for dm.None work.Please see a dr and get treated properly to live longer. ...Read more

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Could nuihuang jiedu pian herbal medicine look yellowish in colour?

Herbal medicine: nuihuang jiedu pian herbal medicine - the boxes have been yellow or yellow and white for the products that I have seen. ...Read more

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What is the herbal medicine to lower phosphorus and creatinine level?

What is the herbal medicine to lower phosphorus and creatinine level?

Lowering creatinine: There is no herbal medicine to lower elevated creatinine (c) and phosphorus (p) levels. You need to see a nephrologist and have a urine collection for 24 hours to measure your renal function (GFR) as well as the amount of protein in your urine. Blood tests and a renal ultrasound should be done to how much kidney function you have as well as if there is an obstruction affecting your kidney function. ...Read more

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I discharge early in bed not more than 2 minutes, is there any herbal medicine I can take?

I discharge early in bed not more than 2 minutes, is there any herbal medicine I can take?

Premature: Ejaculation is sometimes called ill-timed ejaculation. It is a subjective evaluation. You may orgasm too quickly and not satisfy your partner. If you have concerns you can see your doc or a licensed sex therapist. It is not an illness. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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There are many websites that offer herbal medicine for vitiligo that guaranteed 100% cure or even offer refund if it doesn't work. Are they for real?

There are many websites that offer herbal medicine for vitiligo that guaranteed 100% cure or even offer refund if it doesn't work. Are they for real?

Vitiligo: Each patient responds differently to therapy, and a particular treatment may not work for everyone. Current treatment options for vitiligo include medication, surgery, and adjunctive therapies (used along with surgical or medical treatments). I really doubt that herbal therapy is 100% effective. ...Read more

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Do you think herbal medicine is better than pharma?

Do you think herbal medicine is better than pharma?

Integrate both and..: A comprehensive integrative medical assessment, including nutrigenomics, can reveal nutrient deficiencies and need for genetically driven individualized treatment. Nutrients, herbs and medicines can all play a role in achieving wellness. The benefit of this approach minimizes the dose of medication, if needed. This in turn minimizes the side effects of medication. ...Read more

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What herbal medicine can I take to improve my vision?

What herbal medicine can I take to improve my vision?

None: Though we would love to see such an herb, none exists in true scientific literature. Beware non fda claims of health benefits of herbal concoctions. Ophthalmology is a real branch of medicine that will help your vision needs. ...Read more

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What kind of herbal medicine is very ideal for colds?

What kind of herbal medicine is very ideal for colds?

Pelargonium sidoides: The herb Pelargonium sidoides, the root of a geranium native to South africa, is the best-proven treatment for colds, sinus infections & sinusitis. It's the first thing I (& my family) take when getting sick & has helped hundreds of my patients. It is widely available in a product called umcka, sold at health food stores & many pharmacies. See http://naturalmedicinejournal.Net/pdf/nmj_dec09_bp.Pdf ...Read more

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Who does testing to make sure herbal medicine is safe?

Who does testing to make sure herbal medicine is safe?

No One: There currently is no certified , legal organization or agency that oversees this testing, because there is no law requiring safety testing of these products, as is required for products defined as medicines, not nutritional supplements as herbal products are classified. Sad isn't it? ...Read more

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Is herbal medicine safe? if not why haven't they banned it?

Is herbal medicine safe?  if not why haven't they banned it?

Herbal medicine: This is a very complicated question, since "herbal medicine" contains thousands of plants and compounds which can be helpful or not. Mistakes can be made in harvesting; some plants have toxicities which need to be recognized in use. Also manufacturing processes differ, with come companies being more reliable than others. Regulations differ between countries as well (the "they" you mention.) ...Read more

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What is a good herbal medicine to take to lower my phosphorus levels?

What is a good herbal medicine to take to lower my phosphorus levels?

No such thing: High phosphorus is usually a consequence of kidney dysfunction. Just lowering phosphorus level wouldn't be addressing the cause of the problem. In addition, there are no known phosphorus lowering herbal medication. ...Read more