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Why do doctors almost never suggest natural cures?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Eitner
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Several Reasons

Doctors (md/do) are trained in more of an evidence based medicine.
Unfortunately, there are not a lot of good scientific research supporting natural cures. For those treatments that do have some research backing, some doctors may not be experienced in using them or have experienced better results with other treatments. There needs to be more scientific research, experiences, and training.

In brief: Several Reasons

Doctors (md/do) are trained in more of an evidence based medicine.
Unfortunately, there are not a lot of good scientific research supporting natural cures. For those treatments that do have some research backing, some doctors may not be experienced in using them or have experienced better results with other treatments. There needs to be more scientific research, experiences, and training.
Dr. James Eitner
Dr. James Eitner
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Dr. Eric L. Weiss
Agreed. That said, there is more and more research supporting the use of acupuncture and other alternative treatments. Additionally, there are some "natural" supplements which many doctors recommend such as Omega 3/6 fatty acids ("fish oil"), Aspirin, Vitamin D, and ginger. I recommend an open, but critical, mind, and a focus on getting you, the patient, better.
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
I think each patient is unique and special and deserves special attention.
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Not true

There are many proven natural treatments/cures that we recommend for treatment of certain conditions.
List includes calcium, vit d, fish oil, ginger, oats, digoxin, vit b3 (niacin), some statins (eg lovastatin), many many others. One common philosphy is to favor treatments proven to be effective, to disfavor treatments proven ineffective or dangerous, and to be cautious with unproven treatments.

In brief: Not true

There are many proven natural treatments/cures that we recommend for treatment of certain conditions.
List includes calcium, vit d, fish oil, ginger, oats, digoxin, vit b3 (niacin), some statins (eg lovastatin), many many others. One common philosphy is to favor treatments proven to be effective, to disfavor treatments proven ineffective or dangerous, and to be cautious with unproven treatments.
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Dr. Shaym Puppala
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: They do all the time

If you have taken an antibiotic, chances are it is a derivative of a natural product produced by a fungus: penicillium. You are of course assuming that natural is good, forgetting that natural is a mixed bag.
For example smoking the natural product tobacco is a leading cause of death. There are a lot of claims about natural remedies, almost all of them are never proven or proven wrong.

In brief: They do all the time

If you have taken an antibiotic, chances are it is a derivative of a natural product produced by a fungus: penicillium. You are of course assuming that natural is good, forgetting that natural is a mixed bag.
For example smoking the natural product tobacco is a leading cause of death. There are a lot of claims about natural remedies, almost all of them are never proven or proven wrong.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
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