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The topical drug preparations have been cited as causing illnesses, possibly cancer, although these compounds have been withdrawn from the market in the UK.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 … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: GOUT DRUGS

The drugs used to combat gout are divided into those for acute and those for chronic situations. Alternative treatments are often very effective in both, whilst the orthodox drugs are geared towards relieving the pain or cutting down the DRUGS causative uric acid crystals by artificial means, paying little attention to the underlying metabolic defect … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: GOLD

Gold is used as an antiarthritic drug prescribed by hospital specialists arid usually after other treatments have failed. It is a toxic drug that should only be considered by those whose quest for relief has failed through basic drugs and extensive alternative treatments.

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: GLYCERYL TRINITRATE

This is used as a sublingual tablet, spray, oral tablet or transdermal patch. It is a cardiac drug that opens up the blood vessels which can instantly reduce the pain of angina. Like any cardiac drug it should only be used once advised by a medically qualified specialist and should only be stopped with that … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: GLYCERINE SUPPOSITORIES

Glycerine is a stool softener and is used by gently inserting a suppository into the rectum. There are no contraindications for this use provided that they are not needed too often. Persisting hard stool is generally a matter of hydration or poor diet and referral to a nutritionist would be recommended.

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: FINASTERIDE

This drug interferes with testosterone metabolism and is an alternative to the more commonly used Alpha-blockers in the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. Recent studies have shown that it has reduced the risk of needing surgery by 55%, reduced urinary flow obstruction and reduced one of the main problems which is urinary retention. The study … Read more

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 … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: EPILEPSY DRUGS

Antiepileptics work by altering the sensitivity of the cells in the brain. This reduces their firing off an electrical impulse when instructed to do so, incorrecdy, by the area in the brain that is triggering the fits. Antiepileptic drugs have side effects, including drowsiness and reduced concentration, but need to be used for at least … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: EMOLLIENTS

Emollients are principally soothers, smoothers and hydrators of the skin and can be used in all conditions that cause scaling or dryness. Those that are unmedicated, such as aqueous cream, and those that are extracted from natural sources are beneficial and safe. They do not claim to be curative but are generally very soothing, especially … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: EARDROPS

Antiwax compounds melt the wax build-up in the ear and are perfectly safe to use. Anti-bacterial, antifungal and steroid drops can all be used with some confidence in their safety provided that the prescription has been given by your physician. Please review the relevant sections depending on the type of drug being used and always … Read more

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 … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: DIABETIC DRUGS

Diabetic drugs should only be taken under the guidance of a qualified doctor, and even then only after an original prescription by a hospital specialist. The two forms of diabetic drug either stimulate the cells in the pancreas, called the islets of Langerhans, to produce insulin or affect cells generally and encourage the membranes to … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: DEHYDROEPIANDROSTERONE

This hormone, found in most cells in the body, is thought to be responsible for maintaining a cell’s ability to repair and maintaining its integrity. Its action is possibly by mediating the permeability of the cell wall to glucose. This hormone is now extracted and manufactured and is being touted as a potential elixir of … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: DECONGESTANTS

Congestion of the nasal passages and sinuses is generally a natural body response to the presence of irritants or infection. The swelling and mucus production is there to protect the body from invasion. Decongestants suppress this body healing response and should therefore only be used in extreme cases. If a patient, particularly a child, is … Read more

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 … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: COUGH MEDICINES

A cough is the body’s natural response to removing an object, excess mucus or infection from the lung. Cough medicines inhibit this process by desensitizing the nerves that recognize an irritant and, whilst soothing, will allow the cause of the problem to stay in the lungs. The general use of these suppressants should be curtailed … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: CARDIAC DRUGS

Cardiac drugs can only be prescribed by medical practitioners. In principle, if you are prescribed them, take them. They may have many side effects and may be unnecessary, but most often they are life-saving. Further discussion on the use of cardiac drugs should be undertaken with a medically qualified practitioner of complementary medicine or a … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: ASPIRIN

Aspirin is being tested as an effective treatment against bowel cancer because a reduction in the incidence of these tumours has been noted in a group who had been taking aspirin for its anticoagulant and therefore antistroke aspects. We watch and wait for the outcome.

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 … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: ANTIVIRAL DRUGS

There are very few effective antiviral agents that can be taken by the humans. Killing a virus is not difficult, but the problem is the drugs will kill humans equally efficiently. Acyclovir is the most commonly used antiviral agent against herpes and shingles. This is, without doubt, an effective drug but probably kills many other … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: ANTIPYRETICS

As a general rule fever is considered by holistic practitioners to be a friend. Most bacteria and viruses do not fare well at higher temperatures whilst the body, although it may not feel too comfortable, can generally survive fevers up to around 103°F . The best-known antipyretics are aspirin and paracetamol . Their mode of … Read more

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 … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: ANTIHISTAMINES

When the body is irritated or invaded by a foreign substance, special cells release histamine. This chemical causes the arteries in the area to open up allowing more blood to travel to the damaged part and thereby allowing the white blood cells, vitamins, minerals and other necessary factors for healing to reach the area quickly. … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: ANTIFUNGAL AGENTS

The body is coated internally and externally with fungi. It sounds awful but, like the bacteria in the body, they are essential to our well-being. They prevent foreign fungi, which may be very toxic to our system, from gaining a foothold by what is called competitive inhibition. Fungi thrive on sugars and other nutrients and … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: ANTIEMETICS

If the body is feeling sick it is generally an indication that the individual has taken something in that it needs to throw out, or it is busily processing a toxin and does not need anything else going in to detract from that biochemical process. Once the cause has been established, it is better to … Read more

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 … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: ANTICOAGULANTS

The blood system has a complex and fascinating cascade – one reaction triggers another in a course of approximately 15 different stages – that allows the blood to clot. This process is essential to prevent blood loss if any vessels are damaged externally or internally but it can become a problem if clotting occurs within … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: ANTICANCER DRUGS

There is no doubt that these drugs can be life-saving and have their place in holistic medicine. Their mode of action varies but in principle they tend to stop fast-replicating cells from doing so. This is usually done by interfering with the chemistry or the chromosomes of the cancer cells. Unfortunately, no cancer drug is … Read more

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 … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: ANTACIDS

The stomach produces acid to initiate the breakdown of ingested food. The stomach has a lining that produces a thick protective mucus, which prevents the very high acid content from breaking down the stomach wall. A variety of illnesses and poor life-style can lead to the breakdown of this mucous membrane which in turn leads … Read more

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 … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: ANAESTHETICS

The development of anaesthetics has come a long way since biting the bullet and strong slugs of brandy. Ether was a godsend in comparison to the pain relief offered by the barber surgeons. No physician would encourage the use of anaesthetics if surgery can be avoided but on the whole they are safe and necessary. … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: ADRENALINE

Adrenaline is a naturally occurring hormone made in the adrenal glands. It is used as a drug to treat allergic reactions in such events as insect stings, medical drug reactions and hypersensitivity to certain foods, most commonly eggs and peanuts. The most serious form of allergy reaction is called anaphylaxis, where the bronchial tree tightens … Read more

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 … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: ZONE THERAPY

Dr W H Fitzgerald, the founder of reflexology, divided the body vertically into ten zones and isolated the acupressure points within them . Pressure applied creates changes throughout the entire body. Whereas reflexology uses points on the feet, a zone therapist works throughout the whole system, using reflex areas all over the body. Pressure is … Read more

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 … Read more

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, … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: VISUALIZATION

The mind has a powerful influence on the body. Whether this is through psychoneuroimmunology or through a direct mind/body connection as the Eastern philosophies suggest, the mind can be used to cure problems. Visualization, or forming meaningful images in the mind, is a visual approach to meditation that can have a therapeutic effect in several … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: T’AI-CHI CH’UAN

Abbreviated frequently to Tai Chi, this is one group or set of movements among a vast number of exercise protocols that make up Qi Gong. Tai Chi can be practised at any age and allows the free flow of Qi through the meridians and channels, many of which are utilized by acupuncture. Tai Chi works … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: SOUND THERAPY

Sound is an energy. The human body is made up of energies and therefore sound affects the body. This principle has been known for thousands of years and its health-promoting aspects have been harnessed through the use of singing, chanting and making music from instruments. Sound is our principal method of communicating and expressing, and … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: REFLEXOLOGY

The body has many energy lines running through it known as meridians or channels. Different parts of the body reflect these channels, which supply energy to the organs and systems. The entire body can be mapped out on pressure points on the feet. In reflexology the area of the foot that corresponds to the body … Read more

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: RADIONICS

Radionics is, like radiesthesia, a technique of healing from a distance, and the two therapies are often used in conjunction with each other. As with radiesthesia, the principle is based on a universal energy flow connecting all living things. Radionics was developed early in this century in California, but banned in the USA during the … Read more