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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…