Alternative health medicine has been controversial over the last years. Practices deemed as quackery today were quite common in the medical profession of the 1800s, and into the early 1900s. A 1879 cookbook. ‘Housekeeping in old Virginia’ written by Patrick Henry’s granddaughter, Marion Cabell Tryree, included recipes for nutrition and medicines for the sick people and animals.
For instance, Ms. Tyree suggested furniture glue for something called Chilblains, and common furniture varnish to cover fresh open wounds.. Live chickens were cured of chicken cholera by forcing the beak open and mopping the inside of the throat thoroughly with iodine.
Modern complementary alternative medicines or CAM has changed considerably
Today’s alternative health medicines, although sometimes controversial, do not seem as outlandish and use natural healing ingredients with healthy herbs, vitamins, minerals and hormones found in fruits and vegetables. Other practices include biofeedback, visualization, yoga, acupuncture, acupressure, meditation, hydrotherapy, Ayurvedic medicine, detoxification and hypnosis, among other methods.
‘The Alernative Health and Medicine Encyclopedia, The authoritative guide to holistic and nontraditional health practices,’ written by James E. Marti with a foreword by Dr. Michael T. Murray claims that “Alternative Medicine connects mental, emotional and spiritual elements to an individual’s state of health and well being.”
According to author James E. Marti, former Executive Director of the San Francisco Medical Research Foundation and Director of the Holistic Medical Research Foundation in San Anselmo, California alternative medicine and therapy carries an ethical responsibility for warnings of allergies and possible side effects the same as pharmaceutical drugs.
Choosing an alternative medicine or therapy is an individual decision
Not everyone responds the same way in any management treatment, however, there are claims that natural holistic medicine choices are less likely to lead to serious side effects for most people when choosing complementary and alternative health care.. The success rate is a higher percentage for more acceptable and less expensive alternative help choices.
Success in choosing the right alternative healthcare treatment and therapies depends on knowledge of the disease or condition and research and understanding of the methods available for treating a specific health care problem.
It is recommended to work out a plan with a reputable naturopathic health care team who can help with a holistic approach to treatment and healing. Research all proposed medicines, therapies and practitioners for safety and legal reputations.
Prevention is worth a pound of cure
Preventing physical problems, symptoms of aging, chronic pain, and mental health issues with alternative medicine or therapy should be approached with the same research and action as any other approach to healthcare. Many health issues and be prevented with good nutrition and vigilance to exercise. However, choosing the right foods, alternative treatments and activities is extremely important.
Work with experts and know the body reactions and limitations
To begin a good alternative health care program, experts recommend setting aside time to set up a self observation journal self observation journal. Food intake and exercise is measured and recorded throughout each day. Knowing what is going into the body and how the muscles are responding it gives a good starting point.
Medicare and other Insurance companies are still cautionary
Insurance companies and Medicare and health agencies on the whole, still do not endorse many alternative health care practices. However, chiropratic services among others have broken through the barriers. With education and understanding, most people may be able to choose from a larger spectrum of alternative treatments in the future.
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Hard Copy Reference
The Alternative Health & Medicine Encyclopedia, the authoritative guide to holistic & nontraditional health practices. James E. Marti, Foreword by Dr. Michael T. Murray, ISBN 0-8103-8303-9 1995
Web Article References and Resources
National Institute of Health Ayurvedic Medicine (NCCAM Medicine)
Web MD Pain Management Alternative Therapy
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Chronic Pain and CAM: At a glance September 2010
HealthFinder.gov Alternative Medicine
American Naturapathic Medicine – Find a Naturapathic Physician
National Institute of Health – Medline Plus Complementary Alternative Medicine
American Holistic Association