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Can you tell me how is alternative medicine more "holistic" than western medicine?

Can you tell me how is alternative medicine more "holistic" than western medicine?

Alternative Medicine: The problem is that there is not a firm definition for alternative medicine or holistic medicine. Some people think of "holistic" medicine as meaning never prescribing any medications. It is true that "alternative medicine" often has other tools besides prescriptions. Truth be told, western medicine has tools other than prescriptions, too, but at least in an insurance model, there isn't time. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Alternative Medicine (Definition)

Alternative medicine is the practice of healing that does not fall into the realm of conventional allopathic medicine. Many think it is usually based on cultural or historical traditions rather than scientific data. However, only recently is science catching up with history. For example, acupuncture meridians have finally been discovered by science. Types of alternative medicine include ...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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What are examples of alternative medicine?

What are examples of alternative medicine?

Alternative medicine: Many examples of alternative medicine. Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Naturopathy are all types of alternative therapies. Others include Aromatherapy, Energy medicine, an massage therapy. ...Read more

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Is complementary and alternative medicine safe?

Is complementary and alternative medicine safe?

Usually: Since most aspects of complementary and alternative medicine have never been put to clinical trials, they are mostly ineffective. But the placebo effect is generally safe, so although you might be wasting your money, the only harm is the avoidance of getting an actual real diagnosis and proper treatment from a real doctor. ...Read more

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What is complimentary and alternative medicine?

What is complimentary and alternative medicine?

CAM: Complementary and alternative medicine ("cam") is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that usually aren't considered a part of conventional medicine. "complementary" treatments might be used in conjunction with conventional ones; "alternative" treatments would be used instead of conventional ones. For a lot more info, see: http://nccam. Nih. Gov/. ...Read more

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Alternative medicine is not real medicine-thoughts?

Alternative Medicine: Alternative medicine is just that an alternative to modern medicine. It can include off label use of modern medicine, or natural medicine like herbs and homeopathy, or traditional medicines chinese acupuncture and ayurveda. ...Read more

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Any value to complementary and alternative medicine?

Any value to complementary and alternative medicine?

Most certainly: More than 40% of adults say they use complementary and alternative medicine. More and more doctors are embracing these therapies too. The mayo clinic and the national center for complementary and alternative medicine are funding scientific research at this moment, and much work has already been done which verifies the efficacy of a natural medicine approach in specific conditions. ...Read more

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What's holistic, complementary and alternative medicine?

What's 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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Describe the features of complementary or alternative medicine.?

Alternative medicine: Complementary and alternative medicine (cam) approach is to holisitically treat the patient using lifestyle, alternative therapies, nutrition, as well as supplements and or herbs. The emphasis is on bringing balance rather than just treating a problem. Combining this with traditional medicine can lead to longer lasting and more effective outcomes. ...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's the difference between complementary and alternative medicine?

Shades of difference: Most would say that "alternative" medicine can be used "instead of" conventional approaches, and involves whole different methods of diagnosis and treatment. "complementary" methods are more often meant to be used along with conventional treatments, sometimes to ease side effects or to bring in aspects the conventional treatments may not include (such as spirituality, etc). ...Read more

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What's alternative medicine considered to be in a more global society?

Varies: I can only speak for acupuncture. It is practiced throughout asia, europe, & canada. It is regularly taught in many european medical schools. In some areas of china, traditional medicine is the only care that is readily available. The United States is on the tail end of modern countries that are accepting acupuncture. We could learn a lot from the french, who invented auricular acupuncture. ...Read more

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Which types of "alternative medicine" have you tried and found very effective?

Paerls: You are asking me jumpin the ocean and find a pearl. Alternative medicine for what particular problem? I can come to your town and give a talk get30 people tgather. I, m fond of turmeric and aloe and many monosachhrides your good health in kitchen. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: complementary and alternative medicine?

What is the definition or description of: complementary and alternative medicine?

Proven vs unproven: By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. They therefore remain "alternative". Be careful and watch your wallet. ...Read more

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How come alternative medicine practitioners always seem more caring and considerate?

How come alternative medicine practitioners always seem more caring and considerate?

A lesson for all...: ...from a mainstream practitioner: "KIndness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom." Theodore Rubin, MD ...Read more

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I am looking for one good website on complementary and alternative medicine, can you help?

I am looking for one good website on complementary and alternative medicine, can you help?

NCCAM: The national center for complementary and alternative medicine (through the national institutes of health) might be a good place to start: http://nccam. Nih. Gov/. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative medicine for stress?

Exercise: Stress is normal. Do not become a "chemical coper". Exercise and relaxation techniques are far better for you than anti-anxiety medications. ...Read more

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What is an alternative medicine for alpraquil?

What is an alternative medicine for alpraquil?

Antianxiety herbs: Usually this medication is used for the treatment of anxiety. There are a number of herbal remedies which may help for this condition depending on the symptoms and other factors. Some of my favorites include chamomile, lemon balm, the Ayurvedic herb ashwagandha (withania somnifera), and l-theanine which is found naturally in tea but can also be taken as a supplement. ...Read more

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Why is alternative medicine called "alternative"? Where did that come from?

Sleight of mouth: Evidence-based medicine had withstood the toughest testing possible. Complementary medicine is labor-intensive and does not pretend to cure but often helps. Nowadays an "alternative" practitioner is offering something that is almost certainly worthless and darkly suggesting that mainstream medicine is hiding secret cures for evil purposes. They talk love and prey on desperation. I'd avoid them. ...Read more

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Ayurveda is an alternative medicine to what?

Ayurveda is an alternative medicine to what?

Ayurveda…: …is the traditional medicine practiced in india; it is considered an alternative medicine to western allopathic/osteopathic medicine, which arose from greek & european traditions. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative medicine or cure for Crohn's?

There is help.: A change in diet can be very powerful. Drop meat and dairy from your diet. Avoid allergens (grains that contain gluten, soy products, and peanuts). Decrease gut inflammation with omega-3 fatty acids (flax, chia and hemp are good options), coconut products, and turmeric. A good probiotic with 50 + billion microorganisms can be helpful, and check a vitamin D level. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the alternative medicine of carbamazepine medicine?

What are the alternative medicine of carbamazepine medicine?

Many!: Carbamazepine is given to treat a number of problems including seizure disorder and neuralgia and neuropathy In each case there are many alternatives such as other anticonvulsants, dilantin depakote topomax lamictal kipper etc ...Read more

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Eczema, are there any alternative medicine that have worked?

Eczema, are there any alternative medicine that have worked?

Good Skin Hygiene: Quick daily showers (10-15min) in lukewarm water while avoiding harsh and drying cleansers. Pat away excess water and immediately apply fragrance-free moisturizer like Vanicream. Use at least twice a day. Only treatment for eczema flares is prescription strength corticosteroid ointments, no natural remedy unfortunately. Wet dressings (wet wraps) at night with Aquaphor and chlorine baths if severe. ...Read more

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What is the alternative medicine for osteonecrosis?

What is the alternative medicine for osteonecrosis?

Nothing I'm aware of: Osteonecrosis is a poorly understood process. It can be caused by steroids, trauma, vascular insult, alcohol, or be idiopathic. Once it has started, I am not aware of any medications or alternative medicines which arrest the process. There has been some suggestion that bisphosphonates can arrest the process in the case of idiopathic osteonecrosis (perthes), but this is still investigational. ...Read more

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Why do many doctors oppose alternative medicine?

Why do many doctors oppose alternative medicine?

Proven vs unproven: By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. They therefore remain "alternative". Doctors like proof. ...Read more

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What's the best alternative medicine for diabetes?

What's the best alternative medicine for diabetes?

Depends: The only way to treat type one, Insulin dependent diabetes, is with insulin. In this disease, your body makes no insulin. There is no alternative; you take your Insulin or you die. Type two diabetes involves Insulin resistance. 80% of people with this problem are obese. Ala (a type of fatty acid) has been shown to help in some studies. Recently cinnamon has drawn attention as a treatment. ...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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How could I treat vasovagal with alternative medicine?

Keep hydrated: Also, avoid situations that cause the symptoms and wear compression stockings. First and foremost, make sure diagnosis is correct. ...Read more