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Are herbal medicines effective?

Are herbal medicines effective?

Mostly not: Few herbal medications have ever been clinically tested. The FDA does not evaluate herbal medication. The companies that make them have few internal controls and according to Consumer Reports, the contents of the bottle frequently bear little resemblance to the quantities listed on the bottles. Most of these products are harmless; few have any effectiveness. ...Read more

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Chemically speaking, are illegal drugs different from prescription drugs?

Chemically speaking, are illegal drugs different from prescription drugs?

If by illegal: you mean "bootleg" drugs manufactured illegally (e.g., methamphetamine), the difference is a prescription drug is made under govt regulation to insure purity and quality. Illegal drugs have no quality control, may contain toxins, are probably of poor quality and purity, and may not be the drug claimed by the dealer. Using them is a roll of the dice with your life. ...Read more

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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

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Are any homeopathic nasal sprays effective?

Are any homeopathic nasal sprays effective?

For what?: These are often mixtures of multiple remedies given for temporary relief -- it's called "complex" homeopathy rather than classical (single remedy) homeopathy. Several are available for allergies and sinus complaints. Please be aware that these mixtures do not access the true strength of homeopathy because they are not individualized to you. Some people are helped, but better to individualize. ...Read more

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Are there any homeopathic alternatives to evista (raloxifene)? I believe in homeopathic medicine. Are there any promising homeopathic alternatives to evista (raloxifene)? .

Are there any homeopathic alternatives to evista (raloxifene)? I believe in homeopathic medicine.  Are there any promising homeopathic alternatives to evista (raloxifene)?

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Osteoporosis: Over time, constitutional homeopathic treatment may strengthen vitality, preventing or slowing osteoporosis. It requires careful casetaking and prescription by a skilled homeopath. This is not a substitute for treating osteoporosis that is already advanced; advanced cases may require replenishment of physical nutrients and/or medicines like Evista (raloxifene) too. Homeopathic care can be collaborative. ...Read more

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Can homeopathy medicine control bp?

Can homeopathy medicine control bp?

Yes, esp. combined..: Homeopathy can help most health problems, including hypertension, but will work far better combined with diet & lifestyle changes. And "help" is a key word- it often helps but is not always a cure. Treatment is highly individualized. An excellent article that discusses homeopathy for BP in context is: http://www.Alive.Com/articles/view/20015/take_the_pressure_off_hypertension_with_homeopathy. ...Read more

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Can chinese herbal medicine be used as cancer treatment?

Can chinese herbal medicine be used as cancer treatment?

I would encourage: Standard medical treatment for malignancies. Some TCM treatments might be helpful as adjunct, but would discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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Are homeopathic medicines safe to take with regular western pain medications?

Yes: Homeopathic products are placebos and will not interact with western medications. You can take them safely but why would you? ...Read more

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Can homeopathic medicine remove cataracts?

Can homeopathic medicine remove cataracts?

No: There is no proof or study of any treatment to reverse cataracts other than surgery. ...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 there be any efficacious herbal medicine to cure TB than medical drugs?

Can there be any efficacious herbal medicine to cure TB than medical drugs?

No: If you have active tuberculosis please don't put yourself or others at risk. It is imperative that you strictly follow medical treatment protocol. ...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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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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