ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: NON-STEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS

These drugs, as the name suggests, are antiinflammatory drugs. They are a step up from aspirin, paracetamol and acetaminophen, and a step down from steroids. Inflammation is the body’s natural healing process and should only be suppressed as a last resort. Alternative and complementary medical treatment should be tried first before an anti-pain drug is…

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: MORPHINE

Morphine is the most potent pain reliever. It is similar to the body’s own painkillers known as endorphins and enkephalins, and also similar in structure and efficacy to heroin. Morphine is profoundly addictive, not so much psychologically but certainly physiologically. This means that when its use is stopped the body will be much more sensitive…

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: LITHIUM

Lithium carbonate is a drug used specifically in psychiatry for people with psychotic or schizophrenic disorders. It is generally prescribed by psychiatrists initially and these specialists and Gps will monitor levels very accurately because too little will be ineffective and too much can be toxic, causing liver and bone marrow problems. It is a remarkably…

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: LAXATIVES

Laxatives are principally of four kinds: Compounds that increase bulk Compounds that pull or keep water in the bowel Drugs that stimulate peristalsis of the large bowel Stool softeners As discussed in the section on constipation these drugs should be avoided if possible. If dietetics and a complementary medical practitioner cannot solve a problem of…

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: INSULIN

Insulin is prescribed when investigations suggest that the pancreas is unlikely to be able to produce enough insulin and/or diet and antidiabetic drugs are not working. Most types of insulin are extracted from pigs, although newer types are obtained from humans. The latter are proving to be more effective but also have more side effects….

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: INFERTILITY DRUGS

Infertility drugs for both men and women are principally hormonal in character and stimulate the production of sperm in men and eggs in women. These drugs have considerable side effects and are only prescribed by specialists. Try alternative treatments before using these progressive drugs and if you do you use them use complementary therapy alongside…

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: IMMUNOGLOBULINS

The body has a remarkable defence system. Part of its immunity is the production of specialized molecules called immunoglobulins that attach to invading or foreign matter within the bloodstream to form a larger molecule that is removed from the system by entrapment in lymph glands or envelopment by white blood cells specialized in recognizing immunoglobulin-antigen…

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: HYDROGEN PEROXIDE

Used most commonly in a dilute topical solution against acne, this molecule containing two oxygen atoms is also found in intravenous techniques for increasing oxygen levels in the blood. The topical applications are safe provided that the solution is dilute enough, although they will only treat the symptoms and not any underlying cause of skin…

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY DRUGS

These drugs are principally oral contraceptives and the pros and cons can be read about in the relevant sections . In principle, 50 per cent of ladies who embark upon HRT will not be using the medication within the first year. The side effects are pronounced and efficacy against the symptoms of menopause is limited….

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGS

Treating high blood pressure is discussed fully in the main text. Diuretics and beta-blockers are discussed elsewhere here and should be the first-line treatments from Gps and specialists. If complementary methods and these basic drugs do not work, people with high blood pressure will be introduced to calcium antagonists or ACE inhibitors. Calcium antagonists block…

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: HEAD LICE PREPARATIONS

Head lice are a common and irritating infestation that are often amenable to complementary medical treatments. The topical drug preparations have been cited as causing illnesses, possibly cancer, although these compounds have been withdrawn from the market in the UK. If an alternative treatment schedule does not solve the problem swiftly then I think the…

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: EYE DROPS AND CREAMS

Optical applications are antibiotic, antifungal, steroidal or for reducing the pressure in the eye as in glaucoma. The first three groups can be referred to in the relevant sections and, in principle, avoided if such advice is supported by a medically qualified alternative practitioner. Eye drops to combat glaucoma must be taken, although they do…

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: DIURETICS

The kidney has several parts in its miraculously complex make-up. Different diuretics work in different ways but principally encourage the excretion of potassium, which causes water to leave the bloodstream and also causes the dehydrating effect of diuretics. There is no doubt that diuretics, along with antibiotics and steroids, have made a profound impact on…

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: CYSTITIS PREPARATIONS

The orthodox practitioner will swiftly prescribe antibiotics for cystitis, very often without taking a urine sample to see if the bacteria are sensitive. This is leading to the production of resistant strains of bacteria, which is detrimental to the individual and society as a whole. Cystitis can be dealt with by altering the acidity of…

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: CALCIUM-ABSORBING DRUGS

There has recently been a surge of interest in drugs that maintain calcium levels in bones. These drugs are not always effective and need to be taken continuously if any effect is to be maintained. They are often prescribed together with hormone replacement therapy . Complementary measures should be tried before resorting to either of…

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: BETA-BLOCKERS

Beta-blockers are so called because they block adrenaline beta-type receptors in certain cells around the body. These beta-receptors respond to adrenaline produced by the adrenal glands and nervous system in response to anxiety, shock and fear. Beta-blockers are commonly used in heart patients but are also used by people who have palpitations through anxiety or…

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: BARBITURATES

These are rarely prescribed these days except for specific paediatric conditions. However, they are found in several European-manufactured painkillers and should be avoided at all costs. Barbiturates are highly effective as tranquillizers and as toxins to the system. There is no need to use them because far better and less dangerous drugs are available for…

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: ASTHMA DRUGS

Do not forget that asthma is a potentially lethal condition. Adjusting of asthma drugs is not recommended without medical supervision. There are no orthodox asthma medications that are curative. The pharmaceutical industry has preferred to research into medications that keep asthma at bay but are not curative. This is a perfectly acceptable situation for an…

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: ANTIWORM AND ANTIPARASITE DRUGS

Threadworms and pinworms are very common amongst schoolchildren and spread through families very easily. They are generally not harmful although an excessive number can cause poor absorption and affect growth and development in children. These parasites lay their eggs at the anus and travel through the gut, usually overnight, to do so. This gives the…

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: ANTI-PARKINSON’S DRUGS

Parkinson’s disease is created by a lack of a neurotransmitter called dopamine in the central nervous system. Treatment is by replacing this with a compound called levodopa, which when given in the right quantities is a safe drug to take. Another drug called dopa-decarboxylase inhibitor prevents natural dopamine from being broken down. The two in…