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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: ANTIDEPRESSANTS

Volumes have been written about the pros and cons of antidepressants. See Depression to understand the continual abuse of these drugs by individuals and the doctors who prescribe them. Discussion on each group and type of antidepressant would require an entire website itlself, so those using antidepressants should discuss the matter with a medically qualified…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: ANTIBIOTICS

Antibiotics are produced to fight bacterial infection. The drugs may be bactericidal – where bacteria are killed – or bacteriostatic – where the treatment prevents the germs from multiplying. There are many antibacterial compounds in nature, garlic, ginger and honey being three very common ones. Manufactured antibiotics come about through the fabled tale of Sir…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: ANALGESICS

Analgesics can be divided into non-opioid analgesics which include aspirin, paracetemol and acetaminophen, and other non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs , which are discussed in their own section. If modern medicine has come up with anything particularly worthwhile, it is the ability to numb most pain. All the drugs have side effects but principally these are clearly…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: AMPHETAMINES

Amphetamines are rarely prescribed except by hospital physicians in a few specific types of disease. Amphetamines are, however, commonplace as a drug of abuse. Uppers, speed and reds are examples of the varying forms of amphetamines. Derivatives of amphetamines were popularly prescribed as diet pills. Unwise physicians may continue to do this but they lead…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: AIDS DRUGS

Zidovudine, also known as azidothymidine, and therefore referred to as AZT, was manufactured many years ago as an anticancer, chemotherapeu-tic agent. It was too toxic for use and therefore never marketed. Wellcome, the pharmaceutical giant, discovered that AZT was detrimental to the human immunodeficiency virus . In fact the initial trials suggested very little about…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: DRUGS

‘If you have to take drugs, here are some facts you should know…’ A trial reported in the British Medical Journal in November 1996 showed that research sponsored by pharmaceutical companies performed in general practice does not appear to generate a high level of scientifically valid or clinically relevant findings. A report by WHAT DOCTORS…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: ZEN

Zen is a Japanese school of Buddhism, of 12th-century Chinese origin, teaching that contemplation of one’s essential nature to the exclusion of all else is the only path to pure enlightenment. It is a philosophy of life, promoting self-discipline through insight, self-awareness and mindfulness, both of the self and others. Buddhism, simply put, sees the…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: YOGA

Yoga is a system of movement which has been practised in India for 5,000 years. Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word for union and is principally geared towards uniting the spiritual, mental and physical aspects of the being. Yoga works on the body, mind and soul, and is part of an entire philosophical system,…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: SHIATSU

Shiatsu is a combination of massage and acupressure that has derived from the Japanese use of Chinese medical philosophy. The word Shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’ in Japanese. Stretching meridians and manipulating acupuncture points can feed vital energy, or Qi, into organs and systems within the body to create health. The therapy is becoming increasingly popular…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: ROLFING

Rolfing is a body therapy named after its founder Dr Ida Rolf, an American biochemist who suggested that many health problems are caused by poor posture. The principle of improving the body’s alignment in order to enhance well-being is not dissimilar to that of the Alexander technique, but Dr Rolf devised a complex manipulative technique…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: PSYCHOTHERAPY

The use of conversation and discussion to illustrate, understand and sort out underlying psychological problems is a vast subject. The broad term psychotherapy is used to denote a wide variety of methods to deal with emotional problems. It covers everything and anything from counselling to psychoanalysis . There are four main branches of psychotherapy: psychoanalytic,…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: PSYCHONEUROIMMUNOLOGY

Scientific evaluation of the components of the immune system in the bloodstream have been shown to alter in response to psychological or emotional changes. Most emotions are associated with chemicals that are released within the structure of the brain. These chemicals trigger impulses along the central nervous system that then travel out to the peripheral…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: OXYGEN THERAPY

There is much scientific evidence to support the belief that disease may stem from poor oxygenation of cells. Oxygen therapy is about increasing the availability of oxygen to the body tissues. Pedantically, one may argue that breathing techniques and oral supplementation with antioxidants are actually oxygen treatments and one would be right. However, oxygen therapy…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: NEURO-LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING

Neuro-linguistic programming is a form of psychotherapy that was developed from the work of several well-known therapists in the 1970s. It accurately describes its principle within its own name: the nerves are affected by language and, like a computer, can reprogram the thought process. Basically, NLP reorganizes how people think and allows emotions to flow…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: MASSAGE

Massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues in the body, particularly muscles, in order to promote relaxation and healing. There are many different massage techniques, and some practitioners may use or base their technique on different body therapies such as Shiatsu, Rolfing or physiotherapy, while others use a more intuitive approach. All branches of…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: MAGNETIC THERAPY

The earth has its own electromagnetic field, aligned to the poles, and the cells of the human body also have subtle magnetic forces. Conventional medicine uses electromagnetic energy in imaging equipment, harnessing this force for diagnosis, and also in order to influence the body’s own electrical currents to promote healing, particularly of fractures. Complementary therapists…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: KIRLIAN PHOTOGRAPHY

This is high-frequency photography used to produce a photograph of the ‘aura’ of energy that surrounds a person. Semyon and Valentina Kir-lian, who discovered and developed the method for diagnostic purposes, found that photographs made using this technique showed differences in the energy field of healthy and diseased subjects. It is said that a healthy…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: KINESIOLOGY

Kinesiology is a manipulative therapy, based on diagnosing imbalances or deficiencies in nutrition or energy flow by testing the strength of muscles. Applied kinesiology was developed during the 1960s by Dr George Goodheart, an American chiropractor. He discovered that massaging the neuro-lymphatic reflexes strengthened muscles. He linked his discoveries with oriental medical ideas of the…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: HEALING

All forms of treatment are healing, whether they are surgical, chemical or holistic therapies such as acupuncture or chiropractic. The term itself, however, describes one of the oldest forms of medicine, and means the technique of ‘the laying on of hands’ by healers who see themselves as the medium for a healing energy. Healing is…

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: GERSON THERAPY

Gerson therapy was developed by Max Gerson, a German who emigrated to the United States. He initially treated tuberculosis through a low-salt diet and then modified his recommendations for treatment of more chronic conditions, especially cancer. He believed that his regimes reversed the conditions that were necessary to support the growth of malignant cells. He…