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what would you rather have if you were ill-orthodox or alternative medicine?

orthodox-say you have flu,they give you painkillers or antibiotics,everybody gets the same thing,which doesnt cure the problem,just cover it up,and make you worse long term.

alternative,say you have flu,and are getting treated with homeopathy,then a remedy will be found specifically for your symptoms.and you will be treated as a whole.everything is taken into account,from diet to dreams.

what would you prefer?

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8 Responses to “what would you rather have if you were ill-orthodox or alternative medicine?”

  1. Alex said :

    I would alternate unorthodoxly

  2. catx_pye said :

    I tend to find exercise followed by a herbal tea and a soak in a bath then sleeping is the way forward!
    I hate taking orthodox tablets too many side affects. What can go wrong with eating well, drinking well, exercise and relaxation?

  3. mr bigs said :

    I would have to say a combination of both- I like to research the treatments that I use first.

  4. shiro said :

    orthodox or nothing at all i dont believe in alternative medicine, for some reason i find it a bit dodgy and questionable, but thats my opinion.
    good question………

  5. matador89 said :

    The best way forward is to use a combination of both. To take the example that you offered of Flu. Treating viral infections is difficult because viruses live inside the body’s own cells, making it hard for our immune system to fight back. Viruses can also mutate, causing treatments that might work today, unusable for the future. Influenza is caused by a virus which attacks our body’s cells, resulting in various effects depending on the strain of the virus. The virus mutates all the time and new variations (strains) arise. Unfortunately immunity against one strain (which is conferred by exposure or immunisation) does not protect against other strains. In the era of rapid air transport the worldwide spread of a new type of influenza can be extremely fast. Until recently there was no specific treatment for influenza, and for most people it is still best to treat the symptoms in the old fashioned way, Stay at home. Drink plenty of fluids. Take symptom relief with – paracetamol, aspirin, ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory drugs to help with fever and aches and pains, decongestants, cough medicines, gargles, lozenges etc., Await natural recovery. Homeopathy is a gentle, holistic system of healing, suitable for everyone, young and old. Homeopathy focuses on you as an individual, concentrating on treating your specific physical and emotional symptoms, to give long lasting benefits. The therapy is based on the theory of treating “like with like”. Homeopathic remedies are highly diluted natural substances that if given in stronger doses to a healthy person, would produce the symptoms the medicine is prescribed for. In the assessment of you, the patient, homeopaths will take into account the range of physical, emotional and lifestyle factors in order to prescribe the right medicine(s). As I stated at the beginning, homeopathy can be safely used alongside most conventional medicines.

    Hope this helps
    matador 89

  6. Dr Frank said :

    If I wanted to stand a chance that the therapy would help me I would have no choice but to use orthodox medicine.

    Now that homeopathy and acupuncture have pretty much been proven to have no more that a placebo effect it continues to astonish me that people are still so gullible as to believe it they do anything!

  7. susie03 said :

    Personally if I’m ill I’d rather be seen by someone who has had years of recognised professional training and daily experience of dealing with patients – a doctor. Yes I know some can be a bit free with the anti-biotics but I can’t see how that makes anything worse long term. I’m currently half way through a course of anti-biotics (first in years) for a throat and chest infection. I feel considerably better than I did 2 days ago and I certainly would not have had the energy or inclination to discuss diet and dreams with anyone!

  8. US_DR_JD said :

    As homeopathic treatments are not tested using scientific method, and are instead reported, in most cases, using anecdotal information… I would prefer to have treatments known to be appropriate for my condition.

    Your question, however, shows some ignorance of orthodox medicine…as for influenza, antibiotics and painkillers would both be inappropriate prescriptions. For viral illnesses, such as influenza, you treat with either, antivirals (if caught in the appropriate window) or symptomatically (just as they would using homeopathic medicine). However, the best treatment for influenza is prevention with the flu vaccine.


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