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The Over Medication of Our Society - Finding Natural Cures for Common Ailments

Updated on July 4, 2013
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NOTE: THIS ARTICLE IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY. IT IS WRITTEN TO DEMONSTRATE HOW OUR SOCIETY TAKES MEDICATION AS A FIRST OPTION WHEN OTHERS ARE AVAILABLE. DO NOT STOP TAKING MEDICATION PRESCRIBED TO YOU BY A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL OR START A FITNESS PROGRAM AS A RESULT OF READING THIS ARTICLE. RATHER DISCUSS ALTERNATE THERAPY OPTIONS WITH YOUR DOCTOR.

As our society becomes more and more advanced it seems that there is a tablet, syrup or injection for EVERYTHING. While some people chose to take conventional medication there are other options for treating common illnesses that do not include taking a chemical cocktail.


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Nausea

Nausea can be caused by many different things; motion, illness and even medication can cause a person to be nauseated. Most of us take medication to resolve our nausea issues even though there are many alternatives which are less harmful to our bodies.

Ginger has been used for many years as a cure for nausea all around the world. With a wide scope of usage and virtually no side effects this natural relief is excellent for most people. Ginger is also widely available and affordable. It can be purchased; in raw form at the grocery store, in the form of tea, cookies, tablet and ginger ale making it easy to give to anyone.

Peppermint has a calming effect on the inner lining of the stomach and can also help stave off or cure nausea. Most commonly taken in tea form the warm liquid also contributes to the calming effect.

Acupressure is an ancient Chinese method for curing nausea and involves applying pressure to a spot on the inside of the wrist about 2 inches towards the elbow. You can purchase special wrist bands in most pharmacies that will apply this pressure for you.

Marijuana is also used to treat nausea. Studies vary as to how effective marijuana is at treating nausea but most conclude that it is effective to some degree. However smoking to relieve nausea seems like just another hit to your health. THC, the active ingredient in marijuana is available in tablet form but sometimes it is synthesized and unnatural binders are used to hold the tablet together which would remove it from this list. The availability of it can also be a problem for some. Unless you have a prescription, you may have to purchase it illegally from either someone you know or a stranger.

Mustard - is another slightly controversial item on this list. Many people state that if they take a teaspoon of mustard it will almost immediately cure their nausea. It is believed to have something to do with the acid content in the mustard balancing out the digestive system. Honestly if you don't have an allergy it seems like a quick fix if it works.

Water, good old fashion water is an excellent cure for nausea. Make sure that it isn't icy cold when you are drinking it though as that can actually cause further irritation. Adding a bit of lemon can make the warm water easier to drink for people who don't really like warm water.

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Headache

Depending on the type of headache you are suffering from there are a variety of ways to cure or even avoid your headache.

Yoga - By relaxing and releasing tension in your body you can increase proper blood flow and help improve or eliminate headaches all together. Yoga helps reduces stress which will also assist in pain reduction.

Drinking More Water - Many people suffer from headaches due to the fact that they are dehydrated. Ensuring that you drink ample water can actually eliminate headaches for some people all together.

Avoid Triggers - Some people who suffer from headaches have certain triggers that bring on their headaches. These can include anything from; foods, artificial colours and flavours, smells and even medication that they are taking. If you find that you have certain triggers, avoiding them can also help you avoid your headache.

Acupressure - Applying pressure to certain points of your body can help reduce both stress and headaches. If you spread your hand and hold light pressure between your thumb and first finger about an inch up into the fleshy area it can help relieve headaches.

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High Blood Pressure

There are a whole host of ways to help lower your blood pressure that don't involve taking man made medicines.

Eat more potatoes - Potassium is very important in maintaining and decreasing blood pressure. Increasing your potassium intake with any food is great but potatoes are very high in potassium. Just 150 grams of potatoes (about the size of 1 medium potato) only has 110 calories and about 770 mg of potassium. They also contain many other nutrients that are great for you. So add a healthy baked potato to your lunch or supper and see great results.

Eat less salt - As more potassium will decrease blood pressure, less sodium will also do the trick. In combination you will see the best results. Try adding spices to your food instead of salt and avoid store bought condiments which contain a very high sodium rating. If you have high blood pressure it is generally recommended that you stay under 1300 mg of sodium per day if you don't have high blood pressure and you are just trying to maintain a healthy blood pressure stay under 2300 mg per day.

Cuddling - If you have a loved one to cuddle with studies show that you should. Not only does cuddling cause your body to produce Oxycontin which will actually help you bond with your loved one, it reduces your blood pressure. So cuddle your way to better health.

Don't Work Overtime - Working more then 41 hours per week can increase your high blood pressure risk by up to 15%. Everyone wants to prove themselves at work but make sure you are not taking it too far and damaging your health.

Exercise - People who start exercising 30 minutes per day can lower their blood pressure almost right away. This doesn't mean you have to go to the gym and run as fast as you can for a half hour. Go for a walk with your kids or dog, do a workout video or go for a bike ride. This will not only improve your blood pressure but many aspects of your health.

Lower Your Stress - Decreasing your stress will lower your blood pressure in a big way. In our hectic lives doing this can be difficult. Finding time to do Yoga or even stretch for 15 minutes will help with stress release. Make sure if your plate is full to delegate when you can. Last on my list is sex, what can I say it's an excellent stress reliever.

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Erectile Dysfunction

Everyone knows that there are a variety of medications on the market to treat ED. Most work from between 4 - 24 hours and have various risks associated with them including the chance of heart attack. There are, however, quite a few options that can help without causing many side effects.

Diet and Exercise - ED becomes an issue for many men because they are over weight and eat terribly. With an increase in exercise and an improvement in diet symptoms of ED can decrease or be eliminated.

Tongkat ali - This is a herb from Malaysia that can increase men ability to achieve an erection by up to 80% in studies.

Red Panax ginseng - When 900 mg per day is taken there is a 60% of patients saw an improvement in erectile function

Pumps - Yes, these do actually exist and aren't just a joke. What a pump does is increase blood flow to the penis and in turn helping along the erection.

Constriction Rings - Usually used in conjunction with the pump, constriction rings allow the blood that is already in the penis to leave slower then usual allowing for a longer lasting erection.

In conclusion there are many things that we can do for our bodies to improve our well being and avoid or eventually decrease our need for commercially available medications. By making better choices we can actually prolong our lives and improve our health at the same time.

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      Gamrgurl 4 years ago

      I absolutely understand the importance of medication when necessary as well. I don't suggest going back to the stone age, but 24 year olds on high blood pressure medication might be a bit much and I know people in that situation. Thank you so much for your feedback everyone :)

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      Nancy Owens 4 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on having this hub chosen to be hub of the day! I agree with you that our society is over medicated as a whole. While prescription drugs do have their place, the tendency we have to use them as a first option, or in some cases as a way to avoid making healthy lifestyle changes has gotten a bit out of control. Thank you for writing such an informative hub.

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      KawikaChann 4 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      Nice work Melonie, I totally agree... I am always getting after my kids to ask them if they really need that pill or is it just out of habit... ginger is my favored natural medicine; good for stomach, arthritis, etc... I take it in tea, pickled (asian garnish), and candied - and cook a lot with it... upvoted, useful and follow. Peace. Kawi.

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      Candle Hour 4 years ago from North America

      Wow Mel I have to hand to you great job on scoring Hub Of The Month!

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      Denizee 4 years ago

      Excellent and truthful Hub - Kudos to you. It concerns me that our society in the U.S. would rather trust and believe their medical providers who are trained skillfully in "prescribing" meds for every health issue instead of using a less aggressive method like a natural alternative to a cure. I for one worked in the medical field and won't be fooled - People need to realize they have to advocate for their own health and proceed from that point on - Very nicely written - I enjoyed this Hub a lot.

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      CZCZCZ 4 years ago from Oregon

      Excellent suggestions. I am a big fan of a couple of the suggestions you listed and find that stretching and doing some yoga each day helps eliminate some of the stress headaches I get from working long hours.

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      Toy Tasting 4 years ago from Mumbai

      Hey Melonie, you have touched upon a very useful topic. I agree with you on the benefits of natural cures for common ailments. Thanks for sharing such valuable information. Keep up the good work! Cheers!

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      Mazlan 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Thanks for adding in Tongkat Ali. This herb is so popular now that they even have tongkat ali coffee. In my early days as engineer doing feasibility studies for hydro power project, I spent many weeks in the tropical jungle and was introduced to tongkat ali tree roots by the local. This herb was not well known yet to the city folks and it was cheap, almost free. Now the price has gone up a lot!

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      Gamrgurl 4 years ago

      Once again thank you all for the support on this article. All of your comments and feedback have truly made my day. I don't know why I didn't start writing sooner but I'm glad I finally put fingers to keyboard.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      Congrats on HOTD and well-deserved. I use many of the remedies you suggested here myself. Great topic and well-covered. Awesome!

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      Michael Valencia 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Excellent hub of information, and glad you left out some of the lesser-researched, borderline pseudoscience that is out there, which gives natural alternatives a bad name. Great job. Voted up and useful!

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Congrats on HOTD!!

      Very important information, here...and backs up a number of studies showing that the Western medicine approach is actually quite toxic.

      UNfortunately, for many of us, the alternatives found in health food stores are simply priced out of reach, while the toxic drugs are covered in our medical plans. What a horrible dilemma!

      I blame the pharmaceutical corporations for this--everything they make is obscenely over-priced. ..(but they get Medicare to pay for it anyway). They try to claim R&D costs, conveniently ignoring the fact that a huge percentage of said costs are government grants or subsidies....goes to show who's REALLY electing our representatives.

      I hope many people read this article, and start protesting the poisoning of our citizens at the hands of those charged with healing us.

      Voted up, interesting, useful, and shared here and on Face Book.

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      Jenna Estefan 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I love this topic. Thanks for sharing a lot of great tips! Congrats on a great hub.

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      Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Congrats on Hub of the Day! Great tips, some I had not heard before like for the nausea, thanks for sharing!

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      Gamrgurl 4 years ago

      I just popped back in and want to say thanks again for all the positive feedback :). I'm glad that I could share some important information with everyone.

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      Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Being from the medical field, I can very well understand the intricacies of .feelings and facts written by you. Very informative and useful hub.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Congratulations on your Hub of the Day.

      I think it is important that people learn more and more about natural cures. Some people think herbalist are like some sort of voodoo doctor. But our methods have been tried and true for a long time and have empirical evidence. Thanks for sharing the information.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Great suggestions, very useful for everybody......

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      Sonya Artis 4 years ago from Kansas City, MO/Ft. Lauderdale, FL

      WOW! EXCELLENT information. Voted up, shared, printed and pasted!

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Your hub presents great awareness of the fact that there are alternative ways to take care of illnesses. It is a great hub with lots of well-researched information. Congratulations for receiving Hub of the Day.

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      Ed Merrill 4 years ago from woodland park, Colorado

      I totally agree that we are overmedicated and listen and obey doctors without question! The agenda of drug companies does not include your health and safety but their bottom line!! Beware of blindly following these prescriptions without investigating them fully and being your own advocate. Alternatives are like eating organic, you can do much better for yourself with a little research.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Great Hun and congrats on HOTD!

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      Gamrgurl 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for the overwhelming response of this article!! I'm very excited about the HOTD it's a great honour! This topic is very dear to me as I rarely take medication and feel that some take it all to often. I will be following up with more information on this topic in the future after I explore a few other realms with my writing. Cheers to all and have a great day!

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      Justsilvie 4 years ago

      Great Hub! I cringe every time I see them promoting meds on commercials. The list of side effects should make most sane people think twice before popping them in their mouth. So many better alternatives. Voted up and sharing.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Great hub full of lots of useful information. I have tried some of the natural remedies you suggested and they indeed work. Congratulations on HOTD!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Congrats on the HOTD award! Very well researched hub. I always avoid medicine and look for an alternative remedies for everything. Thanks for sharing this very useful and informative hub. Have a great day;-)

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      This was a tremendous hub and absolutely deserves to be hub of the day to make people aware of this issue and see what alternatives are out there. Well written and great alternatives.

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      Mary Kathryn Johnson 4 years ago from Northern California

      Amen! Wonderful article, and wonderful advice. Unfortunately, habits are hard to break, and people need an incentive to make a difficult change. Prescription drugs are very easy to get, and the changes need to come from both the doctor and the patient. The physicians are incentivized by the hospital, insurance company and pharmaceutical company, so those habits will be difficult, if not impossible to change without the patient/consumer changing first. Ultimately, the patient is responsible for his or her own health. I hope many people see your suggestions - social media here I come to share your advice!

      Thanks again!

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      thebiologyofleah 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great article, I agree overmedication is a huge issue these days. Great suggestions for the various ailments you listed. I always try to cure a headache with natural things- drinking water, a little caffeine, an ice pack- using pain medicine as a last resort only.

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      hazelbrown 4 years ago from Central PA

      I love alternative remedies for common aliments. I still take too many Ibuprofen for headaches, though... I will try your hints first next time! Thank you!

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      The drug companies are steadily growing richer as more of us are searching for cures that may well be achieved by common means and naturally. The doctors are aiding and abetting them to make money on kickbacks and place patients now called"customers"in jeopardy. There needs to be and end to this madness and injustice to the people!The FDA needs to clamp down on the guilty ones and make drastic changes about lobbying in congress to sell their products!

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      Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      This is an excellent article making a crucial point. There are so many alterrnatives available, and all of them with fewer side effects than prescription medicine. I've even seen erectile dysfunction healed with acupressure! Voted up, awesome, and useful, and congrats on Hub of the Day. Tweeted, too.

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      I enjoyed this article very much. For the most part, natural remedies have worked for me much better than anything from a pharmacy. Drinking more water is right at the top of my list for almost everything :)

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      HendrikDB 4 years ago

      Good . Well researched! I agree and also go for natural medications - it works for me, especially for my gout!