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Do You Believe In Alternative Medicine?, Herbs, psychic healing and the like
Do you believe in alternative medicine?
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Le Monkey
post Feb 11 2005, 04:54 AM
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post Feb 26 2005, 11:43 PM
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i belive in alternative medicines. most herbs work if you use it for the
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post Feb 27 2005, 10:43 AM
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I do believe in alternitive medicine and use it myself.

I go to an acupuncturist sometimes, I went to one when I got whiplash back in July and she fixed me right up. I live close to Chinatown so I have access to all different kinds of herbs, and I also use essential oils for different things. I'll use herbs when I have a cold to help run the virus out of my system, I've been doing it for years seems to work fine. I'll use ginger tea when I have a stomach ache, it's really good for nausea.

I'll use some over the counter stuff but I don't like haveing a lot of chemicials in my system if I don't have to.
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post Feb 27 2005, 10:50 AM
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I found that ginger woks on stomach pains.


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post Mar 7 2005, 01:37 AM
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I dont know we will just have to see how far human science goes to


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post Mar 7 2005, 02:10 AM
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QUOTE(hitokiri @ Feb 4 2005, 12:43 PM)
that depends on what you mean by alternative medicine... if you mean stuff like pyschic healing/surgery, healing stones, chakra alignment.... no thats crap. that stuff is absolute bullshit. the amount of people that are actually cured by that stuff is low enough to be considered statistical anomalies.

as far as herbs and acupressure/puncture... now thats kosher. medicinal herbs generally contain compounds that are either chemically similar to that of pharmaceutical drugs or that of compounds that are found in the human body. acupressure/puncture is based on the meridian lines, which show points on the body where there are nerve ganglion. the pressure/needles stimulate these ganglion to cause increase bloodflow or some other form of autonomic response.
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i agree. i was just discussing this with my mom a few hours ago, because my friend's little brother is mentally retarded and their family does all sorts of stuff to "improve" (not sure which word to use) him, including acupuncture. now, i believe that acupuncture can help heal sprained ankles, pains, bad circulation, and etc, but i'm skeptical to think that it can help mental retardation. i'm also skeptical of some chinese medicines. in middle school, so many chinese moms bought this grow-taller!medicine for their kids. you were supposed to drink it twice a day for months, and my friends and classmates did and for the majority of them, nothing happened. since i used to be a shrimp, my mom followed suit and bought some, and i took maybe two sips and no more, didn't grow for a year, and then over the next four/five years i grew five inches. i don't attribute the growth to the medicine, i attribute it to puberty, my 6-foot-something dad, and the fact that i was in middle school and had size 9 feet. but for something more healing-related, my dad and some of his friends take this medicine for their diabetes, and the herbs in there are supposed to stabilize his blood sugar or something. i believe in that more than the growing stuff, but i still have more faith in modern medicine.

also, people are not above saying things like "my acupuncture will help cure retardation" and "my medicine will make your child grow taller." a large chunk of the time, they're just out for your money. same mumbo-jumbo for the psychic thing. although at the same time, i'm Christian and i believe that God can heal and work miracles. so i believe all these things, but some of them contradict, and then i don't know what to believe. >_< i'll shut up now.


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post Mar 16 2005, 02:42 AM
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Ginger works for travel sickness.
Camomile tea makes you relaxed.
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post Mar 16 2005, 03:01 AM
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By alternative medicine, I refer to 'mind over matter'. I believe it more than antibiotics.


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post Mar 16 2005, 05:05 AM
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I will swear by mint...thats about it. Whenever I get stomach problems I take a mint capsule.


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post Mar 16 2005, 07:07 AM
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My Mom's a nurse so when I'm sick I just take the usaul medicine


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post Mar 16 2005, 06:39 PM
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My dad has a herb store so yeah. He owns LOADS of herbs, and they always seem to work.
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post May 17 2005, 12:28 PM
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It's a mixed bag. For the most part, Complementary therapy is rubbish. Homeopathy, some herbal remedies, anything that claims to "harness the power of water" or involves magnets is tripe. It's pure placebo.

However, a lot of herbal stuff does act as a drug, often it's not as effective as refined medicines, and there are typically more side effects, but a lot of the stuff works. For example, willow bark is used as a treatment for a number of things, it contains Oil of Wintergreen, which will combat inflammation. However, if you refine oil of wintergreen you can get aspirin, which is a lot more effective.

Acupuncture can also be helpful, but only in a limited number of situations. There was a study done on it recently... I forget the exact results but it was found that it does help with some ailments, but most are uneffected by it.
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post Aug 25 2005, 06:38 PM
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QUOTE(Dystopian Rhetoric @ May 17 2005, 01:28 PM)
It's a mixed bag. For the most part, Complementary therapy is rubbish. Homeopathy, some herbal remedies, anything that claims to "harness the power of water" or involves magnets is tripe. It's pure placebo.
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Just for future reference, most Homeopathic medicines do contain things that heal your body (herbs, plants, etc.). The point is that it is a safer, more natural way to help heal a person's body. Homeopathic remedies do not contain large amounts of medicine, which A. eliminates side effects and B. Allows the body to heal with a natural aid, rather than something synthetic forcing the body to immediately get better, which usually means the body isn't really better. A lot of "Modern" medicine, the stuff your doc. will perscribe, whatever you want to call it- is actually very new. (In contrast to a lot of "Alternative" medicines that have been around for a long time.) In our society we like to just take lots and lots of medicine without thinking of what it is actually doing to our body and if it's really helping us get better. People try to push "newer, improved" medicine out without actually taking the time to really understand/research/see if it is the best that it can be. And that's just the way we work. The "bigger, faster, stronger" mentality is present in almost all facets of our life, not just medicine.

But people's bodies are sensitive. Sometimes you just get used to taking large doses, (in which case then you'd have to keep increasing your dosage of whatever), or the large dosage will hurt you. My mom is allergic to Penicillin, Cephalosporin, and Sulfa, (3 out of 4 major antibiotics used in hospitals), and could die from taking them. I've had bad reactions to "regular" (hate that word) medicines- so has my stepfather, my brother, my stepmother, my dad...So not only me, but my entire clan (hah) has done lots of research on this type of thing. And generally, I try to avoid medicine at all costs; I'd rather let my body heal itself. The strongest thing I take is Tylenol or an Advil, and that is very very rare. My dentist wanted to give me Percaset (sp) after getting my wisdom teeth out- that stuff is really strong- I was like, no way. I took an Advil once, I was fine. It's not as if what your doctor perscribes is infallable. A lot of medicine out there is completely new, and basically being tested on it's patients. I'm not saying you can't take it, I'm not saying it might not be effective to some extent, but I am saying that a lot of "alternative" medicine (like Homeopathy) has been around for centuries and is effective, and usually side effects are non-existent. I can't necessarily speak for all Alternative medicines because I haven't tried them all, but I will take a homeopathic any day over something like Tylenol, or Yasmin, or Percaset, (god I know I'm spelling that wrong), or some heavy duty pain killer.

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P.S. -Tea Tree Oil works wonders for skin irritations. (Do not ingest biggrin.gif )
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post Aug 25 2005, 11:06 PM
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I'm reminded of the 'Cherokee Hair Tampons' episode of South Park.

Like hitokiri said, a lot of naturally occurring plants and herbs do have some kind of curative properties, but after a certain level, you need to go to a real doctor.


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post Aug 25 2005, 11:41 PM
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i duno if herbs and stuff work but i remeber one thing. one time, i had a fever, and my dad wanted to play doctor chinese style and bought this books about herbs, went to a chinese herbal store, and started cooking it in a pot. supposedly the aroma is supposed to cure the fever. so i sit next to the pot of steaming hot water/herbs, and my dad puts a heavy blanket on me and the pot. he forgets to put something in the pot, so he begins pulling on the newspaper which the pot is on. however, the blanket is wayyy to heavy and it spills boiling water on my feet. owwie. >.< but hey, my fever got better, but my feet hurt a lot laugh.gif so i guess it worked :]


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