Natural Alternative Medicine

The Powerful Natural Alternative Medicine

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human body, in diet and the cause and prevention of disease.”…Thomas Edison, 1902.

Today, healthcare will focus on biologically based treatments and prevention. The National Center for   Alternative and Complementary Medicine (NCCAM) defines the scope of biologically based practices to include, but is not limited to vitamins, minerals, fats, animal-derived extracts, botanicals, amino acids, prebiotics, probiotics and proteins, whole diets, and functional foods.

First, let’s have a look at the different philosophies of healthcare practiced today.

Allopathic, alternative, complementary, integrative -what does this all mean?

Each includes various types of therapies. Although the alternative, integrative and complementary are often used interchangeably, the general focus of each is different. Allopathic medicine concentrates on disease and the treatment of the physical body with drugs and surgery. These are general physicians with the title of M.D. that are universally recognized as having a medical degree.

Alternative medicine includes those therapies not recommended by allopathic physicians. It includes EthnomedicineEnergy Medicine, Acupuncture, Homeopathic Medicine,  Spiritual Medicine,  Botanical or Herbal Medicine, Manual Medicine, Biomolecular Medicine, Chiropractic.

Complementary medicine includes therapies used by both, allopathic and alternative physicians: Nutritional Medicine, Exercise Medicine, Environmental Medicine, Social Medicine.

Integrative medicine tries to integrate the many philosophies of medicine, complementary, alternative, and allopathic, to treat the whole person, physical, spiritual, emotional,  and intellectual.

Many people are trusting their health care only to an allopathic doctor. Although, Naturopathic Medical Doctors are the only physicians who receive complete training in conventional medicine in addition to natural medicine? Licensed Naturopathic Physicians (N.M.D./ N.D.) attend a 4-year graduate level Naturopathic medical university. They attend education in all of the same basic sciences as a conventional M.D. Training; they also are extensively educated in the philosophy and implementation of efficient and safe natural therapeutics with a strong emphasis on disease prevention.

Unfortunately, some states do not yet offer to license for Naturopathic Doctors.

Allopathic Physicians Are Necessary

Allopathic physicians and pharmaceutical drugs always will be, necessary for acute, emergency healthcare and trauma, and also for conditions that can not be controlled with lifestyle changes, proper nutrition, and supplements.

Always ask your doctor

Many diseases can be prevented and monitored with lifestyle changes and biologically based medicine. Equally many pharmaceutical drugs can interact with other drugs, and some biologically based supplements may interact with drugs and cause adverse effects, so a healthcare provider or a doctor should always be consulted before adding supplements to the diet.

In some cases, alternative therapy may have beneficial synergistic effects combined with existing medical therapy, even when not feasible as a replacement.

Biologically based medicine is not new. Also, many of the pharmaceutical preparations used around the world are based on plants.

The USA has the absolute most advanced medical system in the world, yet the population is increasingly counting on natural healing methods.  The National Center for Health Statistics conducted a survey in 2004 of 31,000 U.S. adults and monitored that 35 % use some form of alternative and complementary medicine. So, the United States still hangs behind world stats.

Today, the WHO estimates that herbal medicine is still the primary source of health care for approximately 80 percent of the world’s population.

Alternative Medicin and Chronic Diseases

Chronical diseases (cancer, heart disease, and diabetes) are the leading reasons of death and disability in the USA. These diseases and other chronic diseases including obesity, depression, metabolic and digestive disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and fibroids, make up 7 of every ten deaths.

In America, 90 million persons are affected by chronic diseases. They are the most costly and prevalent diseases; however, they are the most preventable.

Conventional physicians treat chronic diseases with expensive pharmaceuticals that may temporarily relieve the painful or uncomfortable symptoms, but the drugs don’t do anything to resolve the underlying cause and may cause other serious problems and side effects.

Because nutrition affects our body organ function, immune system, cellular metabolism, and hormonal balance, and many of these chronic diseases can be traced to a nutrition deficiency. When the deficiency is not corrected, symptoms begin to appear and eventually result in disease and premature aging.

Food Supplements May Replace Pharmaceuticals

Many pharmaceuticals can be replaced with multivitamin supplements, botanicals, amino probiotics, prebiotics and acids, functional foods and fresh foods for both prevention and treatment. Because herbs work synergistically, combinations of herbs with similar properties enhance the features of each. Therefore, choosing a product containing a mix of different herbs is usually more effective than choosing individual selections.

An example of this is the combination of valerian, passionflower, and hops to promote relaxation and restful sleep. All three have a relaxing effect on the body. Hops relax the nerve system while Valerian relaxes muscle tension, and Passiflora functions as a sedative.



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