Does alternative / natural medicine work? (Weekly Topic Inspiration)

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  1. Simone Smith profile image89
    Simone Smithposted 11 years ago

    Does alternative / natural medicine work? (Weekly Topic Inspiration)

    What do you know about alternative and natural medicine? Do alternative treatments work? Has natural medicine helped you recover? Share your knowledge and experiences with these fields in this week’s Weekly Topic Inspiration challenge.
    For group support and search-friendly title ideas, stop by the official Weekly Topic Inspiration forum thread:

  2. Mr. Happy profile image69
    Mr. Happyposted 11 years ago

    Lovely photograph You have chosen, Mrs. Simone Smith!

    Since You asked about Natural Medicines, I thought I would write a few things I have learned through my experience. I will post a link to the hub I just wrote and I do wish people will find the information helpful:


  3. Ruchira profile image69
    Ruchiraposted 11 years ago

    Meditation is the natural way to your good health. This is within all humans and we have the key to freedom from doctors and drugs. read more

  4. cperuzzi profile image89
    cperuzziposted 11 years ago

    Okay... Thanks for the topic.  I can research this one.

  5. Austinstar profile image83
    Austinstarposted 11 years ago

    Massage therapy is an accepted medical treatment for several ailments including: back pain, muscle relaxation and skin therapy. Massage classes will help you learn the art of healing massage techniques that you can easily use on yourself or your family and friends. read more

  6. Chuck Bluestein profile image61
    Chuck Bluesteinposted 11 years ago

    Of course not! Foods and nutrients are natural medicine. Do you think that you can cure a guy who is starving with food? Do you think that you can cure dehydration with water? Do you think that you can cure rickets with vitamin D? Do you think that can cure scurvy with fruits that are high in vitamin C? I guess they do work sometimes.

    Can you cure cancer by drinking rat urine? I do not think so but you can try it.

    1. cperuzzi profile image89
      cperuzziposted 11 years agoin reply to this


  7. pstraubie48 profile image80
    pstraubie48posted 11 years ago

    Healing through prayer has occurred and continues to occur in my life and in the lives of family members. This powerful source of healing has brought curative agenst into my loved ones. read more

  8. Melovy profile image91
    Melovyposted 11 years ago

    With more and more conventional doctors becoming interested in alternative medicines and therapies we can have the best of both. read more

  9. Rosyel Sawali profile image62
    Rosyel Sawaliposted 11 years ago

    Qi gong is a component of traditional Chinese medicine that combines movement, meditation, and controlled breathing. The intent is to improve blood flow and the flow of qi (life energy). read more

  10. MarleneB profile image93
    MarleneBposted 11 years ago

    Hi everyone, I wrote a hub about it, but once again, managed to neglect hitting the "make a Hub about it" button.

    I wrote about how prayer is looked upon as an effective part of the healing process. It is titled, "Is Prayer for Healing Effective?" Here is a link to the hub:

  11. Anamika S profile image69
    Anamika Sposted 11 years ago

    Chakra Healing is the process of making the 7 chakras  function correctly by clearing the blockages in them. Given are techniques or ways used for balancing or aligning the energies in the human body. read more

    1. watergeek profile image93
      watergeekposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      One of my brothers practiced qi gong before he died of cancer. He was 46. it was one of many alternative therapies he took up and they changed his life - his whole psyche. But he kept going through chemotherapy (4 xs), so he died anyway.

  12. daisydayz profile image85
    daisydayzposted 11 years ago

    Alternative medicine and healing is becoming increasingly popular. Crystal healing has been around for centuries and is based around the idea that natural crystal stones contain energies that are good for our body, either by channeling energy into us or for drawing bad energies out of us. They are a perfect way to help our bodies natural medicate by channeling energies we already have. This article is based around pain relief using crystals read more

  13. daisydayz profile image85
    daisydayzposted 11 years ago

    Understanding your chakra system is integral to many forms of alternative medication. Knowing what areas to stimulate to help in healing and balancing the bodies energies is important for a healthy body. This article explains the different chakras and their uses. read more

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    annmackiemillerposted 11 years ago

    Like many people I came to complementary therapy to help cope with my own illness.  I went on to train as a therapist in various fields.  This is an ideal topic for me to get back into Hubbing :0)

  15. Anamika S profile image69
    Anamika Sposted 11 years ago

    Complementary and Alternative Medicine  Therapies are know to help cure many diseases and health condition. Given is a list of the top 10 common CAM Therapies that work and catagories. read more

  16. nancynurse profile image72
    nancynurseposted 11 years ago

    Yes certain kinds certainly do. They actually are form we are not as used to using such as acupuncture, biofeedback, massage therapy.

  17. LensMan999 profile image60
    LensMan999posted 11 years ago

    The present generation is keen in maintaining a good healthand looking for health promotion as a way of life.For the same reason they are ready to accept new ways of healingand the number of such people are increasing tremendously.These new methods... read more

  18. R Trenton Bostic profile image55
    R Trenton Bosticposted 11 years ago

    I worked for over a decade in the natural/alternative medicine industry while attending college to become a scientist, specifically a physical/analytical chemist. During this time I also elected to study medicinal chemistry, especially pharmacognosy (the scientific study of remedies derived from natural resources, usually herbs). I may elaborate by writing a full Hub concerning evidenced-based herbal remedies. But for now I will just leave these truths for your consideration.
    (1) Natural products are not necessarily safer or better than synthetic products.
    (2) Anecdotes are not valid evidence for the safety/efficacy of herbal remedies.
    (3) Many supposedly medicinal plants have undergone the rigorous scientific experiments (clinical trials) required to prove that the natural compound(s) within then actually exhibit the desired functionality at reasonable doses in a safe manner.
    (4) Beware of "panaceas" and "tonics". The more diseases, illnesses, syndromes, etc. that a natural product is advertised as remedying or curing, the less likely the product has any genuine curative power.
    (5) Is a corollary to (4):, the more remedies that exist for a common condition, the less likely that anyone of them actually  cures anything.

  19. KarenCreftor profile image83
    KarenCreftorposted 11 years ago

    Alas I too forgot to press the 'make a Hub about it' button tongue

    What are the health benefits of meditation?~ … Meditation

    ~Kaz x

  20. BlissfulWriter profile image73
    BlissfulWriterposted 11 years ago

    I'm not saying whether other alternative / natural medicine works or not work.   But if you see the word "homeopathic" on the medicine box at the store, it doesn't work.  Although it probably will do you no harm.  It pretty much does nothing.

    And here is the science why they don't work ... … pathy-Work

  21. ThompsonPen profile image65
    ThompsonPenposted 11 years ago

    Yes, but not in the quick fix sort of way that we're all used to and demand. Alternative medicine isn't really just medicine, it's life style coaching. It's a change in one's life to allow for a healthier outcome. Yes, taking Valerian can help you go to sleep at night, but it's not fixing the cause of the insomnia. It's alternative medicine, but not the whole story of it. One ought to be taking valerian sure, but only until the cause of insomnia is sorted out. It could be a food allergy, stress, lack of proper function in the liver - a great many things. Alternative medicine is about getting to the core of what's wrong and altering the life so that the body is supported in doing what it needs to do to fix itself.

  22. Teylina profile image60
    Teylinaposted 11 years ago

    I could write a hub, but don't want to. Someone mentioned cured, and that's not in the question. They often WORK temporarily, not cure (permanent). At 9, my little brother broke my coccyx with a hammer. Couldn't walk or stand up straight, chiropractors were alternative then but parents took me. I could stand/walk--x-rays still show the original problem--not CURED. Drs often baffled. At 12, odd illness w/horrid skin problem. Naturopath--" 6-wk rigid diet incl goat milk, etc. Not a "cure." Rare, mild, minor, short-term--nothing like the 1st. (have great skin!) At 21, a major horse accident knocked my pelvis upward and forward--32 deg angle/ 6 vertebrae totally horizontal, 4 back fractures. No surgical procedures. After becoming a drug addict with a future of wheelchair by 30-35 and no kids (new married) I tried chiropractic. Very little hope, but It Worked-- didn't cure--50 yrs of fun, no wheelchair and 2 kids. Deterioration is catching up. A combo alternative physician/ m.d. says "acupuncture won't work--too often just for pain; might try thermotherapy." Thought of going to Clayton U in Atlanta (natural products) many years ago. Didn't.  WHOEVER said, "if it's on the shelf,  don't buy it" --- hooray! As much chemistry/ pros/cons as in RX's. Reflexology works--no CURE. Some therapies (e.s., roller therapy, massage) may feel good, but CAN do more harm than good if in wrong hands. Make sure you're on the same wavelength as your dr/therapist/etc. It appears prayer cures. Christian, believe prayer helps cope--not cures. Meditation  awesome therapy for stress, etc. but must be repetitive. Herbs, foods, etc. MUST USE CAUTIOUSLY, like RX's. Research. Suggest: start with the body's building blocks--amino acids. Thoroughly research each one--don't take anything without checking the pros AND cons. If it says: "If you ------- . It will end with danger.  And don't believe everything anyone or the internet tell you. Study it yourself. Same w/vitamins, minerals. All issues have pros/cons. Even foods.

  23. sholland10 profile image85
    sholland10posted 11 years ago

    I have always been interested in alternative medicine and treatments. 

    I just published this hub about helping anxiety: … L-Theanine

    I also published this hub about alternative chiropractic practices that have been a life saver for me: … ropractors

    I hope you find the information as helpful as I have.  There are so many alternatives, and this is a very valuable question with valuable answers.

  24. profile image0
    Garifaliaposted 11 years ago

    It depends on what you want to treat. After all, how did people take care of what ailed them before the billion dollar pharmaceutical companies (I mean before the blood letting of the Middle Ages). Take a look at these articles: … f-rose-tea … l-Medicine

    1. taazakhabar profile image60
      taazakhabarposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I completely agree just because someone got burnt you don't ban fire out of the house. The thing to do is handle with care. Even in the context of our discussion any system or medicine or therapy will be useless if misused or used in a casual manner

  25. Sherry Hewins profile image91
    Sherry Hewinsposted 11 years ago

    22 states and the District of Columbia passed legislation allowing patients to use cannabis as medicine. But what about the science? Is marijuana really medicine, or is it just an excuse to get high? read more

  26. WAHmom profile image75
    WAHmomposted 11 years ago

    The World Health Organization has named Homeopathy the second largest system of medicine in the world. read more

  27. angela_michelle profile image93
    angela_michelleposted 11 years ago

    Light therapy is a growing treatment for seasonal affective disorder (SAD), although before you begin treatment it is a good idea to make sure your symptoms line up with what SAD truly is. read more

  28. rainnie526 profile image61
    rainnie526posted 11 years ago

    Of course. Traditional Chinese medicine works in this way. For thousands of years, Chinese people use plants and insects to treat for the illness. Except for that, we also have acupuncture and moxibustion, which is to use special needles to prick the acupoints of human body. The curative effect is pretty good, and it has few side effects. However, the taste of that medicine is very bitter...

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    danielabramposted 11 years ago

    Alternative medicine is the reason Steve Jobs died. Makes me cautious about this practice.

    1. taazakhabar profile image60
      taazakhabarposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Brother tomorrow if there is an air crash  somewhere in the world, would you stop flying forever? There are so many medical death even in traditional healthcare system. Besides doctors are not God

    2. artist101 profile image53
      artist101posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Good comment.

  30. artist101 profile image53
    artist101posted 11 years ago

    I have written numerous articles on the effectiveness of Natural Supplements, as well as Herbal Supplements. Having been diagnosed with an auto immune disease 8 years ago, and not being able to tolerate prescription drugs. I am living proof that they do work. Given in the right applications, and in the right dosage amounts, they are very effective. My sister survived cancer, my mother had fibromyalgia, that is now in remission, with the use of holistic medicine. From colds, allergies, warts, asthma, they truly are effective. My articles can be found at

  31. profile image52
    sweetsakshi30posted 11 years ago

    Yes, Alternative medicines and natural therapies do work. In India, these alternative medicines and natural therapies are used in almost every house. These are for sure treatments and they always work.

  32. taazakhabar profile image60
    taazakhabarposted 11 years ago

    No therapy alternate or otherwise works on its own. For any therapy to work certain preconditions are that the healer/doctor should know his art, the patient should be articulate enough to explain his symptoms properly and should have the medicine on time. I have seen many cases where the most outstanding diagnosis and medicine was rendered useless because the patient never bothered to have the medicine on time. In such a situation whom will you blame --- the doctor, the patient or the therapy.

  33. cocopreme profile image90
    cocopremeposted 11 years ago

    Natural ways to alleviate cold symptoms and what you should do to treat a cold. Find out how to care for yourself when you are sick and what your body needs to get well. read more

  34. Tara McNerney profile image73
    Tara McNerneyposted 11 years ago

    Reiki: What is it and Is it Effective. … -Effective


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