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The Lost Book Of Remedies

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Alternative Medicine Exploring Nonconventional Treatments

In the United States, alternative medicine is defined as a system of treatments that are not typically recognized by the traditional medical community. Examples include aromatherapy, massage, acupuncture, and herbal remedies. Many consider the United States to be the stronghold of high technology and scientific medicine. Nonetheless, surveys show that more than 20 percent of infertile couples have consulted an alternative medicine practitioner, primarily because they were unhappy and dissatisfied with conventional medical treatments. A criticism of alternative medical techniques is that they lack scientific basis. This makes them difficult to analyze and, therefore, some of their claims difficult to confirm or deny. As a result, many conventional medical providers tend to dismiss the idea that any benefit comes as a result of alternative medicine practices. As a patient, you will help yourself the most by becoming educated about all of your treatment options. Choose a competent,...

Being Aware of Alternative Medicine Pitfalls

Because alternative medicine isn't as stringently regulated as traditional medicine, you need to be on your guard against undertrained and improperly trained practitioners, as well as outright snake oil salesmen. Although many alternative treatments have become almost mainstream in their acceptance by the general public and medical personnel and have strict guidelines for practice, others have little in the way of regulation to make sure that practitioners are consistent and effective. gj NG For this reason, you must remember one caveat above all others when choosing alternative medical treatment Consumer, beware Pursuing alternative medicine treatments can have potentially serious drawbacks. This section looks at those drawbacks.

The Challenge to Bioethics

The central ethical question raised by alternative therapies is whether genuine medical treatment can be distinguished from various forms of quackery. Except for isolated instances in which individuals engage in deliberate medical fraud, quackery is difficult to identify or prove. Any reliable definition of therapeutic benefit requires being able to define the factors known to affect human well-being and what optimal health consists of. The practitioners of many forms of alternative medicine criticize the assumptions they believe underlie contemporary medical science. They argue that alternative therapies better understand human well-being and are cognizant of mental, moral, and spiritual factors that go well beyond the physiological considerations on which scientific medicine relies. To those who say that their practices or those who utilize them are irrational, they respond that every therapy is rational insofar as its methods of treatment are logically entailed by its fundamental...

Conventional Allopathic Medicine Justifying Its Preferred Status

What over several centuries came to be orthodox medicine enjoys great power and prestige in so-called developed societies because it alone of the classic professions (law, medicine, ministry) wrapped itself in the mantle of hard science. Alternative medicine is alternative because it lacks that mantle. If alternative medicine is ethically suspect, it is because hard science became the ethical as well as the epistemological standard in twentieth-century culture. Being unscientific or deficiently scientific amounts to being irresponsible in medicine. All alternative medicines are not the same in this regard, but in general, alternative medicine's moral weakness can be traced to an absent or weak science. Some alternative medicines claim to use a different science. They adopt the stand that modern science is just another cultural variable or another historical belief system. Some defenders of alternative medicine argue that one cultural variable or belief system is as good as another. No...

Ethical Standards and Alternative Practice

Alternative medicine is governed by ethical obligations derived from what medical practitioners of any variety publicly profess and what societies have always required of them to heal, to relieve pain, to restore function, and to comfort and accompany their dying, when patients are beyond treatment. In the Hippocratic tradition this basic ethical standard was encapsulated in the imperative to help and not to harm. Early twenty-first century medical ethics talks about the same basic ethical obligation in terms of the principles of beneficence and nonmaleficence. abstract principles only in a situation of conflict between conventional and alternative medicine can turn an ethics discussion into an exchange of slogans. One important test of an ethics that addresses the relationship between alternative and conventional medicine is whether it encourages a needed dialogue between different practitioners and whether it can generate concrete norms and public policies to handle interaction...

Bipolar Affective Disorder

One of the most important contributions to the field of omega-3 fatty acids in psychiatric disorders has been the double-blind, placebo-controlled treatment study conducted by Stoll et al. (1999a) among subjects with bipolar affective disorder. Bipolar affective disorder is also commonly known as manic-depressive disorder, which more vividly describes the debilitating clinical course of this illness. Thirty subjects were treated with 14 capsules per day containing either 9.6 g d of ethyl ester EPA plus DHA or an olive oil placebo. Subjects were studied as outpatients for 4 mo and received the capsules in addition to their regular pharmacological therapies. After 4 mo, there was a significantly reduced relapse to a severe episode of mania or depression in the omega-3-treated group compared to the placebo treated group. Among subjects taking no other medications, four subjects in the EPA plus DHA group remained symptom-free for the length of the study, whereas the four subjects in the...

Bioethics of Failure Antiheroic Cancer Narratives

In this chapter I problematize a particular mode of being ill and writing about being ill that attempts to reverse or revise the crisis of illness by describing a sort of heroism in the face of such a crisis. This heroic art of existence1 is, perhaps not surprisingly, quite common in illness narratives, as individuals who are ill attempt to exert a measure of control over their illness as well as the corresponding stories. In order to challenge and or supplement the heroic mode of being ill, I discuss two recent narratives about the experience of ovarian cancer Jackie Stacey's Teratologies A Cultural Study of Cancer (1997) and Gillian Rose's Love's Work A Reckoning with Life (1995). Both authors are British academics, and their accounts of illness represent journeys into uncharted narrative territories, although both writers also draw heavily from the theory and methods of their particular fields of study Stacey from feminist theory and British cultural studies, and Rose from...

Chiropractic and Osteopathic Medicine

Over the years, chiropractic physicians began downplaying the movement's metaphysical origins and emphasized its scientific approach to the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. In this way, they minimized their theoretical unorthodoxy and identified an area of medical practice largely ignored by most medical doctors. Chiropractic physicians' sustained attention to this void in the orthodox medical system has earned them a viable niche in the medical marketplace as of 1990, more than 19,000 chiropractic physicians were treating more than 3 million patients annually. Even though most medical insurance companies have come to recognize the medical functions performed by chiropractic medicine, M.D.s are still largely wary of chiropractic medicine because it has failed to elucidate an empirically validated theory that would substantiate its therapeutic claims. This professional tension provides a fascinating example of a continuing theme in the history of alternative medicine the clash...

The History of Diverticular Disease

The written history of bowel-associated problems can be traced as far back as the Book of Judges in the Bible showing that the pre-Christian Israelites were well aware of abdominal injuries and problems (Black, 2000). But, even before the Bible recordings, the Egyptians in 2000 bc recognized disorders of the bowel, although writings often recorded on papyrus were not specific as to what these may have been. The Greeks and Romans were not to be left out in their writings on bowel problems however, it was the Greeks with Hippocrates and Herodotus who made specific mention of bowel disease. Although Hippocrates is known as the 'father' of medicine (the Hippocratic oath) and is the most celebrated physician in history, little is known about him, other than that he lived on the island of Kos and taught medicine for money. He tried to dispel the idea of alternative medicine to lay the early foundations of biomedicine. Herodotus, although not a medical man, was a historian, who on his...

Safety Of Single Cell Oils

Y-Linolenic acid was the PUFA responsible for the therapeutic activity of evening primrose oil, the high value plant oil that Oil of Javanicus was developed to compete against. Evening primrose oil has been taken for centuries as a folk remedy for a number of ailments, the most well documented of which is premenstrual syndrome. Indeed, its reputed efficacy against general illnesses was such that it was also known as King's Cure All.

Hasan Aziz and Zarin Mogal

Usually with an indigenous healer and alternative medicine.39 A supernatural belief combined with family decision is associated with this choice. Relatives, friends and neighbors have a marked influence on the treatment-seeking behavior. In Nigeria,73 86 of the patients are influenced to use alternative medicine, while in Turkey 65 have visited religious figures at onset or during the course of the disease.74 Alternative treatment includes traditional healers, herbal medicine, spiritual healing, faith healing, cautery, aryuveda and homeopathy.27,41,43,45,73 In India, in spite of being well informed of this disorder, alternative treatment methods are often sought.70 The proportion of patients treated by traditional healers and herbal remedies was 70 in Mauritania44 and 11.5 in Pakistan.3 Mystical beliefs about this disorder make many patients and families to visit a community spiritual healer, a holy person or a shrine while receiving allopathic medical care.74 Involvement of multiple...

Bringing Power Relations into the Study of Medical Pluralism

The growing interest of corporate and governmental elites in alternative medicine is related to the cost of high-technology medicine. Even in countries where explicit financial and or legal support for indigenous or alternative medicine is absent, governments prefer to support traditional healers because they recognize that the latter take some of the strain off biomedical physicians in dealing with self-limiting diseases or diseases that tend to run their course without treatment. Furthermore, in the urban setting, traditional medicine minimizes the trauma of acculturation associated with the familiar cycle of capital penetration, import-substituting industrialization, and rural to urban migration of the peasant population.

The Meaning of Alternative and Conventional

Alternative implies alternative to orthodox, regular, mainline, or conventional medicine. These latter adjectives refer to a medical theory, based on modern science, that began to emerge in the Renaissance with medical innovators such as Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564) and Paracelsus (1493-1541), and to scientifically validated medical therapies that blossomed in the twentieth century. If alternative medicine is characterized by an enormous variety of different medical theories and practices with little in common either conceptually or culturally, conventional medicine has the appearance of a single powerful system based on a narrowly conceived biology and focused primarily on the organic needs of sick people. Besides being scientific and materialistic, conventional medicine is also rationalistic a system that What is now classified as either conventional or alternative medicine was not always so designated. Formerly alternative medical theories and practices have moved into conventional...

Orthodox Public Health and Alternative Practices

Studies of alternative approaches have been initiated. In 1993, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) created an office of alternative medicine, where alternative approaches are tested the public will be kept informed of research results. The U.S. Congress mandated the creation of this project and required that NIH spend two million dollars of its annual budget on it. An oversight committee includes both conventional physicians and alternative practice advocates. They have agreed that alternative practices will be evaluated with the same methods and standards as conventional therapies (outcome research, relative efficiency, doubleblind where possible). This is an important development because ethical considerations of alternative practices have to start from reliable information about their effectiveness. This project has added ethical importance because the projects funded require cooperation and collaboration between alternative and conventional practitioners wherever possible.

Finding a competent practitioner

1 The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), which is associated with the National Institute of Health (NIH), is a good place to start. The NCCAM provides an amazing amount of information on alternative treatments, including licensure information, clinical trial updates, and articles on finding an alternative practitioner. They don't make physician referrals, however. The NCCAM even has an online chat with a health information specialist Monday through Friday 8 30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. You can reach the NCCAM at

Guide for Separating Food Folklore Facts from Fiction in Clinical Situations and A Practical Example

Review In clinical situations, it is also important for health professionals to review all the evidence surrounding the patient's professed food folk belief. A vital piece of information to consider is safety. Although many prescription drugs have side-effects, they are taken under the supervision of a physician, who can monitor adverse effects and take steps to control them. Because folk remedies are often self-administered, such safeguards are lacking. If there is evidence that the implementation of food folklore is likely to be hazardous to health, it must be discouraged. Folk remedies that are effective for one purpose but have negative side-effects must also be cautioned against.

California Holistic New Age Healing Center

English-Lueck (1990) conducted an ethnography of the holistic health New Age movement in Paraiso (pseudonym), a California community consisting largely of white upper-middle- and upper-class residents. Despite its relative ethnic homogeneity, Paraiso's residents adhered to a variety of lifestyles. These included millionaires, university students, and members of unconventional congregations, such as the Unitarian Universalist Church, the Unity School of Christianity, and the Church of Religious Science. Paraiso has numerous self-help groups, 36 schools that offer workshops and lectures on alternative medicine, and three schools that offer training in various alternative therapies, including massage, acupuncture, and hypnosis. The local community college, the university extension program, the YMCA, herbal stores, a Taoist sanctuary, and a Yogic Institute ashram also offer workshops on alternative therapies.

Ethical And Legal Issues

Alternative medicine covers a dizzyingly heterogeneous group of medical theories and practices. Alternatives range from the different forms of faith healing, Christian Science, and folk medicine to allegedly scientific systems like homeopathy, chiropractic, and visualization therapy. Also included under the term are acupuncture herbalism iridology the traditional medicines of India, China, Japan, the Philippines, and indigenous peoples holistic medicine naturopathy (treatment using agents or elements found in nature) shamanism yoga radiesthesia (therapy based on detection of natural waves of force emanating from nature) color healing aromatherapy transcendental meditation crystal therapy thalassotherapy (treatment based on sea bathing, sea voyages, etc.) massage therapy midwifery and many others. Certain shared negative elements justify lumping together such diverse medical theories and practices. They include marginal social standing or fringe status exclusion from mainline...


Aromatherapy is a branch of the alternate medicine approach that uses herbal remedies to improve an individual's health and appearance and to alter one's mood. The alleged benefits from aromatherapy range from stress relief to enhancement of immunity and the unlocking of emotions from past experience. The concept has ancient roots but is primarily used today by the cosmetics, fragrance, and alternative-medicine industries. The concept behind aromatherapy is accepted in parts of Europe. For example, in France, medical students are taught how to prescribe essential oils, and in Britain, hospital nurses use aromatherapy to treat patients suffering anxiety and depression and to make terminal-care patients more comfortable. Dorene Peterson, principal of the Australasian College of Herbal Studies, commented, There is a philosophical difference between hard-core science and the approach that believes there's vibrational energy that's part of the healing process. Alternative medicine is...

Common Herbs

With the growing interest in alternative medicine, many physicians and scientists have begun studying the therapeutic potential of these plants. In some cases, they have found that some plants or extracts made from them have promise in fighting disease or maintaining health. However, some of the most promising plants such as saw palmetto for prostate enlargement typically are not found in kitchens. Nor is it

Future Directions

EEG biofeedback as a treatment method seemingly has ''risen from the ashes'' under the new title NF and is rapidly growing in popularity as a sole or adjunct treatment for an increasingly large number of disorders, many of which have been resistant to more traditional therapies. Whereas there are reports of near-miraculous results with minimal or no side effects, NF practitioners often express dismay that their results are dismissed by mainstream medicine, psychology, and education rather than embraced as evidence that treating abnormalities of the electrical aspects of the electrochemical functioning of the brain can be at least as effective as treating chemical imbalances. Considering the rapidly increasing scientific evidence for neural plasticity, central nervous system influence on immune system function, and a rhythmic basis for much transfer of information within the brain (time-binding theory), it does not seem unreasonable to expect that modification of aspects of central...


Since antiquity, history and literature are replete with references to the waning of male virility, in all its ambiguities, with age. The seemingly inexhaustible repertoire of remedies to stave it off testifies to the ubiquity of this human fixation. In particular, the decline in male sexuality in old age, being both emblematic and problematic, it is not surprising that aphrodisiacs are among the most ancient and ubiquitous of folk remedies. The modern educated layman, however, having lost faith in rhino horn and tiger penis, appears now bedazzled by the misty allure of hormones, the contemporary folkloric embodiment of the fabled aphrodisiac. And for hormones, our social organization dictates that doctors remain its monopolistic dispensers.

The Folk Sector

The folk sector is an ill-defined area with its 'practitioners' aiming at holistic treatment of their patient. Such 'practitioners are faith healers, herbalists, clairvoyants, and the forms of diagnosis and healing are to be found in complementary and alternative medicine, with as many as 13 of the population seeking help from a complementary or alternative therapist every year' (Fulder, 1988). The herbal practitioner believes that disease is an imbalance of the physiological mental emotional well-being of the body. The Community Health Foundation considers that the definition of health is not just when there is an absence of pain and discomfort, but that wellness is a relationship between that person and his or her family, friends, environment and working life. the UK is recognized as a safe alternative therapy as opposed to other forms of alternative medicine and healing. It spans both the folk sector and the professional sector. Other forms of alternative healing have been...


Acupuncture is gaining in popularity but is still not practiced among conventional health care practitioners in the United States. It is commonly performed in other parts of the world and also by trained alternative medicine professionals within the United States. If you decide to try acupuncture, be certain to select a well-trained and competent health care provider.

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