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Doctor insights on: Pharmaceuticals Vs Herbs

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Are natural remedies usually safer than pharmaceutical drugs?

Are natural remedies usually safer than pharmaceutical drugs?

In the right hands: Natural doesn't necessarily mean safe. Nature has danger built in. Plants and supplements can be toxic to specific organs, and in the hands of an unskilled person might be dangerous. Many natural remedies can interact with pharmaceuticals, too. There may also be contaminants depending on source. But in the hands of a natural medicine expert, yes, generally, i believe they are. ...Read more

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Are there any real benefits to herbs/supplements vs some over-the-counter drugs? Ie: melanin vs diphenhydramine, peppermint/catnip vs tylenol (acetaminophen)?

Are there any real benefits to herbs/supplements vs some over-the-counter drugs? Ie: melanin vs diphenhydramine, peppermint/catnip vs tylenol (acetaminophen)?

Absolutely: Let's clarify - over-the-counter drugs (otcs) are virtually the same medications as prescription ones except that they've been granted the freedom to be sold without prescription due to their "benign" profile. Supplements are not medications in and of themselves. They are more or less "naturally" derived preparations that are used for the same purpose as meds. Some of them can be as effective too. ...Read more

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Are wormwood capsules a safe, alternative medicine?

Are wormwood capsules a safe, alternative medicine?

NO!!!: Most herbal medicines are quite safe but wormwood is not one of them! there are several varieties of wormwood, but this usually refers to artemesia absinthium. It has a long history of folk use for treating worms, dyspepsia & fever but it has the potential to cause seizures, hallucinations, kidney failure & miscarriage. See www.Drugs.Com/npp/wormwood.Html & hit the tap button to see my comment:. ...Read more

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Is herbal based metabolism accelerators good?

Is herbal based metabolism accelerators good?

No: Check out 2 recent news studies: http://www.Usatoday.Com/story/news/nation/2013/07/25/bodybuilding-supplement-designer-matt-cahill-usa-today-investigation/2568815/ & http://www.Nbcnews.Com/health/fda-warns-steroids-vitamin-b-supplement-6c10765769. Granted, not every barrel of apples holds a rotten one but buyer beware. Manufacturers aren't required to prove safety or effectiveness before marketing. ...Read more

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Are nutritionists or naturopaths classified as complementary and alternative medicine?

Are nutritionists or naturopaths classified as complementary and alternative medicine?

Yes ND's,some nutr's: Naturopaths by definition practice what is sometimes called complementary or alternative medicine, as they tend to recommend natural therapies such as nutritional supplements and herbs. Some nutritionists have an approach consistent with complementary and alternative medicine, while others are more mainstream in their approach, so it depends on their training and philosophy. ...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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What’s biotech compared with biopharmaceutical companies?

What’s biotech compared with biopharmaceutical companies?

Some crossover: Biotech companies mostly concentrate on biological molecules like antibodies as products for disease modification. Pharmaceutical companies mostly concentrate on chemicals that can be made in a laboratory. But pharm companies are constantly on the look for promising biotech companies to work with or buy to increase their product line. ...Read more

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Are vitamins and supplements classified as complementary and alternative medicine?

Are vitamins and supplements classified as complementary and alternative medicine?

To some, yes: As more and more conventional physicians familiarize themselves with the therapeutic use of vitamins & supplements, the less these things will be considered "alternative" and simply part of "good" medicine. Many physicians are now training in functional medicine (www.Functionalmedicine.Org) to learn how to effectively apply vitamins and supplements in treating chronically ill people. ...Read more

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What are benefits of oregano supplements vs using the herb in cooking?

What are benefits of oregano supplements vs using the herb in cooking?

Dose: When you are using an oregano supplement, you are taking a lot more, and in a more concentrated version, than you would generally eat. ...Read more

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Are chinese herbs effective for treating Parkinson's disease?

Are chinese herbs effective for treating Parkinson's disease?

In some cases: Dopamine is the necessary element in parkinson patients. Unfortunately our digestive tract metabolize it, that is why most herbs containind Dopamine don't actually work well. ...Read more

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Are there any natural, herbal remedies used on depression?

Are there any natural, herbal remedies used on depression?

Yes: Alternative treatments for depression include exercise, eating a healthy diet, therapy, herbal supplements ( i.e. 5 htp, same and st john's wort), journaling and light therapy. Vitamins can also be helpful such as a b complex, vitamin d and omega 3. For severe depression usually therapy and medication work best. ...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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Why are alternative medicines not used more often (e.G. Herbal, acupuncture, energy healing, ayuverda)?

Why are alternative medicines not used more often (e.G. Herbal, acupuncture, energy healing, ayuverda)?

Slow acceptance : Non-western medicine has been slow to be accepted in the us. It is not taught in many us medical schools. Most western trained physicians want strong scientific evidence before they are willing to consider recommending or practicing new medical approaches. Accupuncture has been practiced for over 5, 000 years. It is practiced throughout europe, asia & canada- but the us has been slow to accept. ...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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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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What are policosanol supplements uses?

What are policosanol supplements uses?

Policosanol: Companies selling policosanol claim it can help lower cholesterol. It's a product made from sugar cane. Many of the positive studies come from cuba, which grows the cane used to make the product. Studies outside cuba (south africa, germany, canada, etc) didn't show effectiveness. So, it seems more needs to be learned or shown about this one. ...Read more

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What are some examples of edible medicinal herbs?

What are some examples of edible  medicinal herbs?

Medicinal herbs: Edible medicinal herbs are: mint, sage, rosemary, lavendar and chamomile. ...Read more