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  1. gajanis786 profile image84
    gajanis786posted 13 years ago

    Do you think herbal medicines and alternative method of treatment will overlap modern day method of treatment?

    Now a days herbal medicines and alternative methods of treatment for different diseases are becoming more and more popular due to its non side effects is there any chance in near future that these methods will ultimately overlap the modern day method of treatment?.

    1. hinazille profile image82
      hinazilleposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      i know that herbal & natural remedies are fast becoming popular due to the increased awareness surrounding alternative medicine such as St Johns Wort to treat depression, Glucosamine & Chondroitin to treat arthritic conditions (amongst many other herbal options) & black cohosh to treat menopausal symptoms in women.

      I just published an article on Natural ways to Improve Joint Health, you can check it out and let me know what you think:

      Most of them tend not to have any interactions (or little interactions), St Johns Wort is really the main one that is known to have interactions with a wide range of conventional medicines.

      Many of them have little or no side effects (apart from the occasional upset stomach) which as you quite rightly said, boost their popularity.

    2. dutchman1951 profile image61
      dutchman1951posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I think they already do overlap, and people use both with much success.

  2. dianebowling profile image60
    dianebowlingposted 13 years ago

    Actually, herbal and alternative therapies can have just as many side effects as conventional medicine. This makes sense because most of our medications are derived from natural sources. I do not think they will overlap nor should they. Some herbal remedies are great but they are no replacement for a doctor's care. (Of course I would say this since my livelihood depends on people going to their doctors) big_smile

    Anything that involves your health should be thoroughly researched before a decision is made regardless of whether it is alternative or "modern day."

  3. Anilvk profile image39
    Anilvkposted 13 years ago

    Herbel medicines are to be promoted. I am from India , a country known for herbal medicines. I have several experiences of curings by herbal medicines. Moreover, my brother is an ayurvedic doctor as well.
    In other way it is the time to go back to the nature
    I invite you to visit my hub.

  4. Mikeydoes profile image44
    Mikeydoesposted 13 years ago

    Many have no side effects, but also cure nothing. Please, please consult a doctor.  IF the herbs work they will be used by doctors.

    Also many DO have side effects and do not cure the ailment. Once again, another reason to go to a doctor.

    If these medicines worked in the middle ages, don't you think they would be used today? I take things like these very serious, because many people are misinformed. Please be sure to do extensive research on alternative medicines.

    1. hinazille profile image82
      hinazilleposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      just because a doctor is not recommending a treatment does NOT suggest that it is useless...Doctors are restricted (as are pharmacists) as to what they CAN recommend - they cannot recommend in a professional capacity treatments that are not standardised.

      Big pharmaceutical companies effectively control what is prescribed (whether it is directly or indirectly) herbal medications are actually harmful to their business - so why promote it?

      just a few thoughts...

  5. dingdondingdon profile image61
    dingdondingdonposted 13 years ago

    No. I'm sure herbal medicine and therapy can help with stress, or insomnia, or things like that but frankly, if they were any real help with actual illnesses, doctors would prescribe them. They don't, end of story.

  6. Rmichelow profile image56
    Rmichelowposted 13 years ago

    Good question.  I believe that there is a growing interest in herbal remedies and alternative treatments as people become more wary of drugs.  However, I see it more as an adjunct therapy rather than a defined pathway to wellness. I think tradition medcine will stay the course and complementary therapies will be used as backups.

  7. MazioCreate profile image66
    MazioCreateposted 13 years ago

    I'm wondering Mikeydoes, if one reason for so few medicines from the Middle Ages being around today is the Inquisition.  One word that you knew anything about herbal remedies and it was a dunking or barbecue, if you were lucky. 

    I do believe that traditional Western medicine, with its emphasis on pharmaceuticals, and alternative medicines both have a place in today's "health world".  Whether one is better than the other or has fewer side effects needs to be the subjects of some very rigorous empirical research.  On the other hand, can all this rhetoric be summed up with three words - "the placebo effect"?

  8. maggieju profile image60
    maggiejuposted 13 years ago

    This is a good question. In my opinion, herbal medicines and alternative method of treatment will not overlap modern day method of treatment. They are complementary to modern medicine, depending on what kind of diseases that need to be treated. for example, if someone suffers from chronic pelvic pain, acupuncture is a good choice for the treatment. But if someone sufers from Ectopic Pregnancy, she needs operation, rather than acupuncture.

  9. superwags profile image65
    superwagsposted 13 years ago

    I genuinely hope that nobody sees alternative medicine as an actual alternative to mainstraim medicines because they'll end up in bother.

    There is a reason that alternative medicine is described as "alternative" and that's because by and large it doesn't work. If it's for something trivial like a headache, then great go for it. But in some circles it's seen as a cancer treatment. This is deceptive and cruel and should not be tolerated by anyone.

    I've seen hubs on here actively enouraging people to take herbal suppliments for cancer treatment. This is misleading, dangerous and unfair to desperate people. In my opinion such hubs should be removed.

  10. timorous profile image80
    timorousposted 13 years ago

    Not only do regular doctors (Western medicine) not prescribe herbal solutions, they mostly have no training in the use of such remedies, unless they've taken the initiative to study them thoroughly (and become a naturopath).  I also wouldn't be surprised if many doctors also receive some 'incentives' from the pharmeceutical companies to prescribe their products.  [Mind you that's conjecture on my part].

    The herbal remedies can be very effective for minor ailments, but can still be abused if you don't understand how to use them.  They generally work more slowly than the 'instant relief' chemicals your doctor gives you.  It's those very chemicals that cause the so-called side effects.  Your body's giving you signals... These chemicals don't belong in your body.

    The pharmeceuticals ought to be used in an emergency situation only, not as cure for a minor ailment.

    You can generally avoid illness, by eating (primarily) natural foods, exercising, having a positive attitude, and reducing stress.

  11. Stacie L profile image87
    Stacie Lposted 13 years ago

    I use alternative  and natural medicine and methods for years...the problem with western medicine is that the insurance companies only support them...
    western medicine consists of doctors sending you for expensive tests and specialists to 'treat" patients..
    i don't see general doctors any more because I don't see them doing anything...

  12. Bellamie profile image60
    Bellamieposted 13 years ago

    Herbal and alternative meds have been used since the beginning of time.  They just got masked over by all the synthetic drugs.  Pharmacutical companies will have huge financial issues whenever the majority of the general public gets the idea to go au natural instead of buying pills.  Did you know that many cases of gout can be cured by eating lots of cherry products for a couple of days?  Truth!  Not saying every case, just a lot of them.  Seen it work with my own eyes.

  13. fucsia profile image60
    fucsiaposted 13 years ago

    We must be careful: the herbal medicines have their side effects, sometimes small and  confused with a new disorder, sometimes significant. Many drugs derive from herbs wich have the active ingredient. Just think of the belladonna.
    I do not think that alternative medicine will replace the current medicine. But I think the two methodologies can work together to find for each of us the best possible treatment. Unfortunately the basis for some therapeutic choices there are important economic interests that move our discussion from the appropriateness to the profit.
    (I am sorry for the digression)

  14. profile image0
    Home Girlposted 13 years ago

    I consider modern doctors nothing but greedy charlatans and educated shamans. They scare people into submission to drugs, they do not teach them how to keep your body healthy, they are not paid for the end result - recovery and health. There are lots of herbal remedies that western doctors know nothing about. They prescribe nothing but drugs!!! This is wrong. Lots of these drugs are very dangerous and can kill you. At Victorian times doctors prescribed pills where main ingredient was laxative! How nice! Now they are much more dangerous.
    We have to relearn certain things. And be very careful what we put in our mouth. It's not a game, it's our life.

  15. sofs profile image75
    sofsposted 13 years ago

    I have had a doc prescribe two kinds of antibiotics at the same time for my baby less than a year old at that time.. I became suspicious and started looking up age old natural remedies and they
    just worked fine... I am not saying all doc's are the same but some will do anything to get the incentive that Pharmas offer...  a trip to Hawaii or so exotic place for the conjectures here..many of my friends are doctors and they have told me this.

    I can vouch for natural remedies and how they work for me...I only use natural remedies for myself and my kids.
    I guess we need to learn to eat healthy and stay healthy naturally, that is more important.

  16. Pixienot profile image62
    Pixienotposted 13 years ago

    I'm no medical expert, but I believe most medications that are RX often contain some herb or another. This is why it is so important to check with your pharmacist or doctor before adding an herb to your regimin. Just because God made it, does not mean it is safe. Just because man makes it, it is also not necessarily safe.

    Do your homework and KNOW what the consequences, if any, will be when you mix prescriptions and herbal remddies.

    I could be wrong, but I don't think so. smile

    Good question.


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