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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: VASODILATORS

Principally anything that opens up blood vessels is a vasodilator, which includes alcohol. Peripheral vasodilators are used in an attempt to treat Raynaud’s disease and others affect the blood vessels in the brain and are being unsuccessfully tried in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Use only if alternative therapies do not work because these drugs…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: VANCOMYCIN

Vancomycin is an antibiotic that deserves special mention. It can only be given intravenously and is used as a last resort against multiresistant bacteria. Its use is becoming more needed because of hospital-induced resistant strains, especially of staphylococcal infections. Special mention is given because it is our last-resort antibiotic. We now have resistant strains to…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: TRANQUILLIZERS

This term has now been superseded by hypnotics and anxiolytics. A tranquillizer is principally a drug that takes away anxiety and is now synonymous with anxiolytics. These drugs can be divided into the benzodiazepines and barbiturates. The latter are very rarely used nowadays because of their side effects and rapid addictive qualities. The former are…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: STEROIDS

The human body makes its own steroids. These may be anabolic or catabolic . The body maintains an intricate balance of these chemicals and different types are produced for different functions, accurately and rhythmically. Steroids that encourage repair are produced through the night when we are sleeping and those that stimulate activity are produced in…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: SELECTIVE SEROTONIN RE -UPTAKE INHIBITERS

The SSRI drugs are relatively new and work by blocking the breakdown of the body’s main ‘happy juice’ neurotransmitter, known as serotonin. If ever a drug was to have a holistic approach, this must be it. This group is less sedative than its better-known rivals, the tricyclic antidepressants, and have fewer side effects. Fewer side…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: SALAZOPYRIN

A salicylic acid or aspirin-based derivative, this drug works as a potent anti-inflammatory agent used predominantly in bowel inflammation and particularly ulcerative colitis. Salazopyrin definitely has a beneficial effect in inflammatory bowel disease and may reduce inflammation and prevent operations if taken either alone or in conjunction with steroids. If prescribed, withdrawal should be under…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: RITALIN

This drug is sold as part of a treatment programme for attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity disorders. The manufacturers suggest that it should only be used as a last resort, although, especially in America, its use is becoming much greater. The drug must be prescribed by a specialist and even then the safety is questionable….

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: REGAINE

This topically applied drug, minoxidil, has gained fame by acting as a hair follicle stimulant in male-pattern baldness. The drug was initially discarded from its original intended use as an antihypertensive drug because of severe side effects. One of these was hair growth. Some clever boffin applied it directly to the skin and a whole…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: PROGESTERONE

Progesterone is infrequently used because of the artificial forms being 40 times stronger than naturally made progesterone. Certain conditions require its use but plenty of alternatives exist for all but the most serious of problems. Natural progesterone is available in a cream and may be far more effective than oestrogen in many hormone-related conditions, including…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: PHENYTOIN

This is an anticonvulsant or antiepileptic drug. It acts by reducing the sensitivity of neurological cells, thereby preventing the electrical impulses that flash through the brain causing epilepsy. It is an extremely effective and successful drug, although some side effects are associated. Phenytoin is usually only prescribed by specialists when no other options are available….

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: PARACETAMOL

Paracetamol is a mild but potent analgesic similar in its effect and strength to aspirin but with far less anti-inflammatory effect. Because, holistically speaking, inflammation is part of the body’s repair mechanism, paracetamol is preferred to aspirin as a first-line pain relief. Paracetemol is, however, far more toxic to the liver than aspirin and should…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: ORAL CONTRACEPTIVE PILL

When the ‘Pill’ was first produced in the late 1950s its claims were: socially enormous and medically safe. Nearly 40 years later the social implications have been supported and indeed the number of unwanted pregnancies and the serious complications that go with this, such as terminations , will also support its beneficial claims. It takes…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: OPIOID ANALGESICS

The body produces natural painkillers, the most effective of which is a group called endorphins and enkephalins. These powerful analgesics are produced when the body is in severe pain or has undergone trauma, but can also be produced through heavy muscular exercise. These hormones also carry a sense of euphoria. ‘Man-made’ opiates have a very…