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Healthy weight loss: A low glycemic index diet for all patients with pcos can improve fertility according to a large harvard study by dr chavarro and colleagues. He outlines this diet in his book "the fertility diet". If you are overweight, healthy weight loss may be all you need to start ovulating regularly. A supplement - inositol - may also be helpful. Please discuss this with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Complicated Q&A: Semantics play a major role in answering your question. No "natural" "organic" herbs or supplements have peer-reviewed published randomized controlled trial data supporting their use in treating ed. Many otc & prescription medications are derived originally from natural sources but are now manufactured eg yohimbine from yohimbe. All fda-approved medications have published data as being good for ed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Possibly: 68 y/o male asks, is there some natural medicine to help ED. Older men may have HBP, poor circulation, artherosclerosis, Diabetes & other age associated chronic disorders (which should also be managed) contributing to their ED, but as in Younger Men, Stress management is 1st then herbs/supplements like ginseng, Yohimbe, DHEA, L-Arginine & Vitamin B Complex might possibly help. No last words yet. ...Read more
Treats whole person: Holistic practitioners address the whole person: mind, body & spirit, in the context of his/her family, relationships & environment. They attempt to address the underlying cause of illness rather than just treat symptoms. They often combine complementary therapies like herbs, nutritional supplements & homeopathic medicines with mainstream approaches. See www.Abihm.Org/about-us/principles &comment:. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
No cure but may help: There is not a cure, but some research shows that gingko biloba decreases the number of raynaud's vasospasm attacks. Gingko has vasodilator effects. Like other non-fda-regulated medicines, traditional chinese meds are of uncertain purity, composition, strength, etc... Traditional chinese ideas of avoiding cold drinks, cold foods, cold temperatures, wetness from rain or snow, etc... Can be helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depression: One treatment that may or may not involve medication is cognitive behavioural therapy. Some herbal remedies have in the past been suggested but don't pan out. Talk to your pcp and try to get a referral for cbt. ...Read more
Absolutely, yes: Depending on the condition and the experience of the homeopath you consult. Especially with something chronic, it isn't like just going to whole foods and picking something with a nice label. The homeopath needs to understand you and your problem as a whole. When prescribed well, the medicines are gentle yet effective. http://homeopathyusa.org/homeopathy-now.html. ...Read more
Have your case taken: There are many homeopathic remedies which are known for "lung damage, " but you can't use homeopathic remedies in a generalized way. (that is, if you want real benefit). Please consider working with an experienced homeopath who can review your case thoroughly, and find a remedy that applies specifically to you -- all of you, not just your lungs. You are a whole being, and your lungs live in you. ...Read more
Absolutely: There are many physicians using both conventional and nontradtional therapies with consistently good results. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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