Alternative Medicine for cancer herbal remedies arthritis diabetes menopause
What works and what does not, an honest review - Complementary and Alternative Medicine CAM research studies, separating fact from fiction and scam, a review of herbs, nutrients, amino acids, hormones, and dietary supplements in the treatment of disease conditions
June 22 2014

Alternative Medicine for cancer herbal remedies arthritis diabetes menopause
According to a government survey, more than a third of American adults have tried alternative therapies such as yoga, meditation, massage therapy, acupuncture, herbal supplements, and specific diets. Alternative medicine is very popular in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, Portland, Houston, New York, and Orange County, California. Complementary and alternative medicine such as acupuncture, herbal supplements and meditation are big business in the United States, totaling nearly $34 billion in out-of-pocket spending, according to a government report. More than 40 million adults visit chiropractors, acupuncturists and other specialists in alternative care each year.
   Some people question why the term alternative is delegated to such practices as herbal medicine. One would think that the use of pharmaceutical drugs or synthetic drugs would fit better in the category of alternative medicine whereas herbs, which have been used for many thousands of years by humans, would be more likely to be categorized as conventional medicine.

Cancer alternative medicine herbal remedies
There are many natural herbs and supplements that can be helpful in cancer treatment or prevention. Alternative medicine and cancer research is at the earliest stages and hardly any funds have been devoted to alternative medicine approach to cancer treatment compared to chemotherapy research. However, there are many cancers that are poorly treated by modern medicine and in cases where modern medicine has no good answers except for chemotherapy drugs that destroy the body and cause no increase in extending survival, herbs and supplements become a good option. Many children undergoing treatment for cancer use herbal remedies, vitamins or other types of alternative therapies. Pediatrics, April 2010.

Alternative medicine for arthritis:
What is a good alternative medicine for arthritis?
    There are many options through diet and supplements that could potentially be helpful as alternative medicine for arthritis. Besides losing weight, we suggest taking the nutrients glucosamine, chondroitin, cmo, msm, cat's claw, hyaluronic acid, and a curcumin extract. Fish oils, flax seed oil, and krill oil may also be of help.

Alternative medicine for diabetes
Results of a study do not support the notion that people who use complementary or alternative medicine are less apt to use conventional "evidence-based" medical and preventive care services. On the contrary, it seems they are more apt to use conventional medical services. In a survey of 2,474 adult diabetics, researchers found that nearly half reported using some form of complementary and alternative medicine therapy such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, dietary or herbal therapy, or massage and relaxation therapy. Given that there were roughly 15 million US adults with diabetes at the time of the survey, that means that roughly 7 million were using complementary and alternative medicine therapies, the authors note in the January 2006 issue of the journal Diabetes Care. There has been a dramatic increase in the use of complementary and alternative medicine among individuals with diabetes in recent years.

Alternative medicine for menopause
There are many options through diet and supplements that could potentially be helpful as alternative medicine for menopause, however research is this area has provided with conflicting and uncertain answers. Lots more studies are still needed before we can determine the role of black cohosh, soy isoflavones, chaster berry, and other foods and herbal extracts as a treatment for menopause.

Alternative medicine for depression
Is 5-HTP a good alternative medicine for Prozac?
   Some people may respond well to 5-HTP or tryptophan for mood disorders or for anxiety, but there may be others who respond better to Prozac or SSRIs. It's difficult to predict. However, since natural pills are cheaper and have fewer side effects, it is worthwhile trying them first before resorting to prescription medications.

I went to see an alternative medicine holistic psychiatrist, by the name of Dr. Michael Gurevich. He charged me $400 for 90 minutes of I am not sure what he used kinesiology on me and told me I was allergic to milk (which I knew) and sensitive to gluten. Dr. Michael Gurevich helps people get off of drugs like Paxil and Xanax. He also does hormones for post menopausal women. He suggested that I take St. John's wort. I understand however that St. John's wort lowers hormone levels and cannot be taken with an antidepressant. He also advices patients to have their amalgam filings taken out of their teeth, but only by a holistic dentist. I found this to be very strange, as any dentist can take out amalgam filings. Is this guy playing with a full deck or is he just a hoax in the medical community. His office is in Glen Head, Long Island. I would like your opinion on this doctor. Somehow I think I am getting taken to the cleaners.
    We are not familiar with this alternative medicine doctor and cannot comment on his practice. We do not find kinesiology to be a reliable form of diagnosis.

Alternative medicine for erectile dysfunction
Which is a quick acting alternative medicine for erection enhancement?
   Yohimbe bark is a good herb for this purpose. Another helpful herb is Tribulus Terrestris Extract. An erection enhancement formula formulated by a medical can be of help with Tongkat ali.

Massage therapies
See massage for more information.

Myofascial trigger point therapy and acupuncture have many similar trigger points.

Reiki is a Japanese method for stress reduction and relaxation that also promises healing.


Emails
Q. I am a board certified family physician living in Michigan, and working out of a small, independent, multi family physician clinic. I graduated from residency approximately 5 years ago. For years Iíve believed our training in nutrition and natural herbal treatments is inadequate. Iíve attended two alternative medicine seminars in Madison WI, and the things they teach ring true. I would like to see clinical research, specifically with a focus on supplements, herbs and natural remedies. Do you know where I could find reliable alternative medicine information.
   A. Consider the website at the top of the page for Dr. Sahelian who writes about alternative medicine.

Health information on this site
Annona muricata is also known as Graviola and has been touted as an anti-cancer agent even though adequate human studies are lacking.
Anthocyanosides are found in high concentrations in Bilberry extract and other herbs
Apium graveolens has a long history of medicinal and food use.
Ayahuasca effects when used as a personality influencing substance.
Bergenin is an isocumeric compound found in Bergenia crassifolia (Siberian Tea)
Breathing problems can be improved with alternative therapies including diet, food, and natural supplements

Throughout history humans have used whatever they could find in their environment, such as herbs, minerals, and foods to treat medical diseases. An herbal medicine pouch was discovered in Chile that was more than 10,000 years old adding evidence that humans have used herbs in medicine for much longer than people imagined. In the past few decades, vitamin and nutrient supplements have become available, along with high potency herbal extracts. There are also probiotics and prebiotics, nattokinase and serrapetase enzymes, and other types of nutritional supplements.