When East meets West in
modern medicine it can often be a source of controversy, but recent studies have
been turning up some very persuasive arguments for incorporating non-Western medicine
and holistic approaches with more traditional views.
treatments are an important part of the debate.
controversial use of herbs, vitamin
and mineral therapies, alternative pain remedies such as acupuncture,
and chiropractic or chiropathy are now more mainstream than
ever as consumers hear more about sometimes harmful traditional treatments and prescription drug interactions and side effects.
news about the "newly discovered" benefits of dietary supplements point
to a growing trend toward over-the-counter risk prevention and self-care. Scientific
research seems to back up claims of holistic medicine when to comes to supplements
C - Know for antioxidant properties, reports suggest benefits against cancer,
and other conditions as well as the long standing belief that it helps fight colds
D - Implicated in lowering
the risk of many diseases including MS,
and other cancers as well as strengthening teeth, improving bone health and combating
practicing standard western medicine are being converted to
the benefits of the holistic approach and discussing alternative
approaches and supplements with their patients.
time-tested cures from mother nature's kitchen:
Mix oatmeal and water to create a poultice to ease the itch
of eczema, poison ivy, or other common rashes. It's an age-old
remedy, but the key to its effectiveness has only recently
been discovered in a key compound in oatmeal, avenanthramides,
which calms inflamed, itchy skin.
Burns- Moisten the effected area with aloe vera gel which helps
protect the skin and ease inflammation which aids in healing.
- Since alcohol depletes the body's store of B vitamins, a
supplement before going to bed will help offset a morning
headache and nausea (see below). A large glass of water taken
with it helps to the body to rehydrate.
- Ginger has been proven a very effective defense against
nausea and stomach upset, especially when used in its powdered
form and mixed with hot tea or cold drinks. No ginger in the
spice rack? Try ginger ale.
on the Web, keep informed at top sites offering information,
results of recent studies, news & updates on the alternative
approach to health & fitness ...
- The National Center for
Complementary and Integrative Health has gathered an impressive
array of articles, reports on research studies and other resources with information on herbs, vitamins, chiropractors,
acupuncture and related therapies.
Chiropractic Association - Expert information and
patient guides to symptoms, causes and chiropractic treatment
of common aches and pains, plus an entire library of health
and wellness topics, searchable database of US chiropractors
by name or location.
- Your alternative medicine safety net. Reviews alternative treatments with a
skeptical perspective, but will acknowledge if an herbal remedy, supplement or
treatment seems to work.
American Botanical Council - ABC is a nonprofit group set up to "educate
the public, health care practitioners, media, and government agencies on the safe
and effective use of medicinal plants and phytomedicines." Also includes
the latest research reports on medicinal properties found in everyday herbs, fruits
Bloom Adventures in Holistic Health - An extensive list of alternative
therapies and treatments is explained by articles from experts and practitioners.
Forums and other interactive features add to the depth of the site.
This information is intended as reference and not as medical advice. All treatment decisions should be
made by medical professionals.