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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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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
Check with State: Anybody can give advice about anything, but if you charge for it and make claims or imply that you are a health professional then you may run afoul of your states licensing requirements. Health professionals usually spend a great deal of time learning their profession and passing rigorous licensing standards in order to protect the public from scams or dangerous advice and treatments. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, with caveats: Research suggests that chiropractic treatment is safe and effective for back and neck pain and migraine headaches. Just as not all medical doctors are the same, i find some chiropractors give much higher quality care than others. I prefer chiropractors who use more gentle styles like direct non-force, network and activator techniques. I am wary of those who advise long-term treatment. See comment:. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mixed feeling: Naturopaths mostly survive by debunking conventional doctors and make money selling unregulated and untested potions of dubious merit. Save your money. Acupuncture has some merit and there are clinical trials documenting the value in certain conditions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am interested being treated holistically by a functional medicine practitioner. Do you offer any non-allopathic advice here?
Herbologist: Or herbalist.Get a more detailed answer ›
Communication!: You need to find two practitioners who are willing to try to communicate. I've had some chinese medical doctors who have absolutely refused to talk to me, and others who are happy to collaborate on patients. Even though western and chinese doctors look at the body in different ways (biochemistry versus chi, meridians...), it does not mean they cannot talk and collaborate. Pejman katiraei. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why are you : hesitant? If you have questions to ask about indications, mechanism of action, possible side effects or target symptoms you can ask the prescribing physician and your pharmacist. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What do you suggest if my doctor prescribe me anti-depresment (flupenthixole 0.5mg + melitracen 10mg)medicine?
Don't fill it!: I believe this combination is banned in the USA. The melitracen is ineffective alone. The flupenthixole can cause neurological problems. There are many, many, safer and better products. If you want something unusual, try EMSAM or SAM-e. ...Read more
A pharmacist: Is an expert in medication preparation and dispensing while a physicians assistant (PA) is a medical provider. PA's are trained and licensed to evaluate patients. This means taking a history, examining a patient, and diagnosing then treating. In my experience both PA's and pharmacists play important but different roles in healthcare. ...Read more
Sort of like an RN,: but not trained by nurses; instead trained by physicians. Nurse training typically emphasizes current routines of disease treatment/management. Physician training typically emphasizes background issues & theories of body function & diseases. Physician approach typically more flexible. Yet always extremely dependant on the viewpoints/background/interests/biases of the individual(s) involved. ...Read more
Saves money but: Call me old fashioned but it does not mean it is such a good idea. More ok for family, general, internist, ob/gyn etc to refill antidepressants once a patient is doing well, as part of general health maintenance. I have seen enough prolonged suffering and missed opportunities to appreciate the down side. Worth it to get started with a good psychiatrist, then transition. ...Read moreSee 11 more doctor answers
Yes, certainly: I and many other holistic doctors work very hard for the benefit of our patients. In most cases, we take more time with each patient than our colleagues in more conventional practices. This does not mean others cannot practice with a holistic (whole person) intent, but i'm speaking here of physicians who have identified themselves as "holistic doctors.". ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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