12.11.2013

Alternative medicine statistics 2013

Biologically based complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches include herbal medicines, 'megadoses' of vitamins and SPECIAL DIETS107, such as those proposed by Drs Atkins108 and Ornish109. I was struck this week by a comment on my website, which bemoaned the highly disorganized state of “alternative medicine” in this Country and in particular the “paltry sums” for alternative research funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). If an MD or DO is treating a cancer patient and that patient asks to see or understand the basic science and clinical studies which support the recommended therapy, that published data is readily available. A key question is that just because the research supporting CAM therapies is limited, does that make them bad?  Not necessarily, but it does mean that when choosing such a method of care, patients need to understand they are making the decision based not on a step-by-step scientific process, but on unproven theory.  It comes down to trust in the CAM practitioner, because no one, not the person providing the treatment, the patient’s primary physician, nor the patient, has any objective evidence to show that the therapy may help or hurt. Patients have many reasons to choose alternative treatment instead of or in addition to conventional medical care. After reading “Bad Pharma” by Ben Goldacre, I question whether the little evidence available on CAM is any worse than the biased evidence published (or not published in the case of negative tests)! 2.  Traditional Chinese medicine has been chosen by the World Health Organization for worldwide propagation to meet the heath care needs of the twenty-first century. 3.  Medicinal herbs were found amongst the personal effects of the mummified prehistoric “ice man” who was found in the Italian Alps in 1991. 4.  19 percent of Fortune 500 companies offer alternative medicine as part of their health care compensation packages. 6.  Spinal manipulation was used by the Ancient Greeks long before it was incorporated into chiropractic and osteopathic medicine in the 19th Century. 7.  More than 70% to 90% of physicians consider complementary and alternative medicine therapies, such as diet and exercise, behavioral medicine, counseling and psychotherapy, and hypnotherapy, to be legitimate medical practices.
8.  Massage therapy dates back thousands of years and has been recorded in ancient writings from the Orient, Asia, Arabia and Greece. 9.  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) currently invests about $40 million per year in complementary and alternative medicine related research. Like allopathic physicians, osteopathic physicians diagnose, prescribe, perform surgery and utilize the latest in medical technology. This website is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. Alternative medicine practitioners believe that a natural treatment is possible for diabetes by enlivening the pancreatic cells, which are responsible for this illness. Biologically based practices – are therapies involving substances found in nature having purported medicinal properties. Mind-body therapy – are practices used the relationship of mind and body to achieve improved health or treat diabetes.
Manipulation and body-based practices – are massaging specific body parts or the whole body. Energy healing - are practices involving energy fields around and inside the human bodies that are altered by energy-healers for a health benefit. Whole-medical systems – are complete medical systems often evolved earlier than conventional medicine. Biological based practices and mind-body medicines are the most commonly used alternative therapies.
Integrative medicine is the combination of alternative (or complementary) therapy and modern medicine. At the initial stages of natural diabetes treatment, you should be more vigilant on your blood-glucose level, because it may drops to hypoglycemia. Alternative medicine practitioners claim there are no or only minor side effects in alternative medicine treatment.
Alternative treatment not only helps diabetes treatment; furthermore, helps to avoid or slow down long-term diabetes complications such as nerve damage, eye, kidney, heart diseases, and stroke. Clinical Diabetes journal says in the United States alone alternative medicine is frequently in use among adults. A study in the USA published in Diabetes Care 2002 identifies those aged over 65 years as being three times more likely to use alternative medicine than those aged less than 65 years.
Here we provide you few diabetes natural treatments proved effective in diabetes treatment. Diabetes homeopathy – is a nano-pharmacology, which uses very small doses to treat illness without any side effects.
Diabetes Yoga - Yoga refers to be the traditional physical and mental disciplines originating in India can balance body, mind, & spirit. Acupressure Diabetes Healing - TCM considers diabetes as a depletion thirst disease: Upper, Middle, and Lower warmer depletion thirst disease. As a historian who writes about the controversial topic of ‘alternative medicine’, I get a lot of questions about whether this or that therapy ‘works’. For example, in contemporary biomedicine, it is conventional to separate the mind and the body when designing a medical experiment: hence the rise of the double-blinded random controlled trial as medicine’s ‘gold-standard’ of proof. Roberta Bivins is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Warwick.


Instead, one must do exactly as the author of this article has done, but WITHOUT the a priori prejudice, though she may make pretensions of disavowal. Better yet, read of genuine MD’s own clinical reports, detailed, sitting right there in books such as those by Dr. Perhaps the key answer to which the author seeks but somehow avoids, is that the secret to the “enduring popularity” of the alternative systems of medicine is that at least some of them work and work well!!
Our patients get the advantage of Medical Advancements, Technology and Research in addition to the wisdom of Ancient Traditions and Therapies. This modality is based on the philosophy, that the cause of many diseases may steam from a blockage in “energy flow”.  Reiki is a healing technique where a trained clinician channels energy into the patient to activate the natural healing processes of the body and restore physical and emotional well-being. A deep tissue low frequency sound massage using audio waves in the range of 30Hz-120 Hz that are being transmitted to the body by embedded transducers in the mattresses. A program that emphasizes good nutrition, supplemented by vitamins, herbs and other body essentials helps the body’s inherent ability to heal itself.
The writer suggested that not only could the quality of health be improved with alternative medicine studies, but would go a long way towards saving health care dollars. Standard oncology treatment goes through 10-20 years of research, from the test tube, animal studies and through a series of supervised human multi-phase trials, until it is approved and offered to patients. Some, like Chinese Traditional Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine of India, American Homeopathy or Acupuncture, are hundreds or even thousands of years old and have millions of adherents who believe it has helped or even cured them. On the other hand, randomized trials have shown that laetrile (amygdalin) has no anticancer activity and that Vitamin C does not prevent or blunt upper respiratory infections any better than sugar pills.
The most obvious is the powerful desire to do everything possible to fight the disease, to leave no stone unturned. Some by obvious side effects, such as the woman whose breast fell off after receiving a poultice or the man who had such severe nerve damage that he never walked again.  Others delayed life saving therapy with horrible result.
Nevertheless, until ideas are subjected to the light of scientific scrutiny, each patient and family must understand that by alternative we do not mean a therapy which is proven, but out of the mainstream; by alternative we simply mean unknown.
Twenty tears in the research and writing, the reviews on the main page tell you just how good this book is. Alternative therapy ought to be held to the same ethical standard as conventional: first do no harm, including keeping a person from receiving beneficial conventional treatment. Most sincerely believe they are helping people, and some responsibly guide patients back to conventional medicine.
You should not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, prescribing any medication or other treatment, or discontinuing any medication or treatment recommended by your healthcare provider. It is ultimately superior to a single model approach of treatment, which provides safer, faster, and more efficient treatment. It can rejuvenate pancreas to function normally, thus insulin secretion and sensitivity improve. Additionally, it can lower cholesterol level, blood pressure, improve digestion, and detoxify your system. You can combine them together to improve its effectiveness as complementary or integrative therapy.
Additionally, it can nourish kidney, liver, eye, and hearts organs that may affect by diabetes complications.
If you are able to choose a suitable remedy, specifically for you, then it will produce a magical result. Acupressure is a gentle pressure on the specific pressure points in the body to improve health. Just my manipulating these points by gentle firm massage, you can control diabetes as well as prevent long-term complications. Instead, I want to know what lies behind the enduring popularity of alternative medicine, what is (or is not) really ‘alternative’ about it, and why so many of biomedicine’s current crop of ‘alternatives’ have been imported from very different global medical cultures. They are often passionately committed supporters or opponents of alternative therapies, and demand that I become one or the other as well. Yet physicians and researchers simultaneously acknowledge the impact of the mind on bodily processes. Most of them, virtually word for word, can be found in any nineteenth century medical journal. Her work focuses on the transmission of medical expertise between cultures, as exemplified by the transmission of acupuncture to the west, and by the medical experiences of non-western immigrants in multicultural Britain and America. Dorothy Sheperd of the UK who again and again marvel at the superiour results of the alternative system of medicine that she embraced. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Natural Medicine is an integrated process; there is no separation of Mind, Body and Spirit. There are particular frequencies that have been shown to benefit the healing process of many ailments.


Furthermore, it is essential to remove known impediments like poor lifestyle choices, stressors and toxins to not only live longer but also live better.
Mind–body interventions use various techniques that are designed to facilitate the capacity of the mind to affect bodily function and symptoms, including yoga, prayer, meditation, spirituality and guided imagery. Each step is refereed by competing and critical PhD and physician scientists and must be published in peer-edited journals for general review and criticism, all of which is public and transparent. I would add that one of the wickedest impacts of a few predatory practitioners of alternative therapy is to bankrupt the patient and their family by taking advantage of their desperation. My version of Steve, a college age woman with stage 2 Hodgkin’s that she tried to treat with everything but conventional therapy was sent to me by the naturopath she consulted (after 2 years of trying everything on her own) when she was short of breath, febrile and wasting with now stage 4 HD. In addition, I would agree fully that many CAM providers are highly compassionate and communicate well, something conventional physicians often lack. Examples are diabetes management by using herbs, homeopathy, yoga, acupressure, and reflexology therapy combination.
An alternative therapy, which is effective for your friend or relative, may be worthless for you. Visit diabetes herbal, Gymnema Sylvestre, Salacia Oblonga, Bitter Melon, Cinnamon, Fenugreek, Ginseng and Aloe vera. My questioners want to know whether I am ‘believer’, or a fan of alternative medicine, or have any stake in promoting or disdaining a given medical system. But history studies the interplay of light and shadow, not the boundaries between black and white. Medical consumers were not persuaded to renounce their alternative therapies (or biomedicine) then, and they show little sign of doing so now. Energy therapies are intended to affect energy fields (biofields) that purportedly surround and penetrate the human body, using REIKI and therapeutic touch. Where it is not, and when people attempt to manipulate or falsify the system or data, massive blowback eventually occurs.
Scientists believe that individual case reports are poor substitutes for the objective analysis of hundreds of patients in experimental trials.  All CAM therapies have limited or no published research to explain the science of these therapies or to prove they work any better than placebo.
If you are interested in trying natural diabetes treatment, do so only along with your conventional medicine (i.e.
Other people are asking simply for advice: is it worth trying acupuncture, say, or homeopathy for a particular condition? They are also questions that shed more light on the persistence of alternative medicine than would a yes or no answer about the efficacy of any given technique.
So I am happy to let the healers fight it out in the battle to prove or disprove the efficacy of their chosen treatments. As understandings of the mind-body relationship become more sophisticated, it is possible that the blinded RCT will fall from favour, as a limited test of therapeutic activity which obscures an important variable. Alternative medicines remain the bane of medical scientists who despair of consumers’ collective ‘flight from reason’. Alternatively, energy therapies can involve the unconventional use of ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS, such as pulsed fields, magnetic fields, or alternating- or direct-current fields. For some there is deep mistrust in the objectivity of the “physician-medical school-pharmaceutical-government complex.”  Traditional religious, superstitious and pseudoscientific reasoning support the CAM decisions of many patients.
You’ll never look at medicine and particularly alternative medicine in the same way again! From either angle, such questions ask me to take a stand on whether homeopathy is quackery, or whether I believe in acupuncture channels, or chiropractic manipulation. After all, we know that once-respected mainstream therapies like bloodletting and purging enjoyed centuries of popularity despite being uncomfortable, potentially dangerous and (in light of today’s medical knowledge) ineffective.
Such changes have happened in the past, as evidenced by the shifting balance between deductive and inductive reasoning in scientific experimentation since the Scientific Revolution, or the changing status of ‘empiricism’ in western medicine since the 18th century.
Alternative medical systems involve complete systems of theory and practice that have evolved independently of, and often before, the conventional biomedical approach.
Even today, patients prescribed antibiotics for a nasty cold often report feeling better after taking them – despite knowing that most colds are actually caused by viruses, and thus immune to antibiotic therapy. If researchers and scientists are convinced that alternative medicines threaten the public health and purse, they must move beyond simple denunciation, and seek the source of alternative medicine’s enduring appeal. My research suggests that medical consumers seek a medicine that reflects and responds to their experiences of health and illness, as well as observable anatomical, physiological, biochemical and even genetic data. Biomedicine’s nineteenth century step away from the experiential and towards the externally observable coincides with an enormous growth in the power of clinicians to treat and to heal – and with a parallel growth in consumer demand for more inclusive medical visions of their bodies in sickness and in health.



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