These easy home treatments can relieve headaches, colds, and other common health complaints. From acne to gout to rashes: Here are the all-natural remedies to nearly everything that could ail you—approved by our experts. Natural remedies, on the other hand, are made from the stuff of nature. This includes leaves, twigs, berries, bark, roots, vines, vitamins and minerals. They are .
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Apply the same commonsense approach and standards to herbs as you would to any drug; ask the same questions about supplements that you would a medicine. Before you take an herb or supplement, find out if it is compatible with other drugs or supplements you are taking and not contraindicated for any other condition you may have.
Claims made by the product manufacturer or seller may differ from independent research. More is not better; do not exceed the recommended dose. Supplements may be contaminated, so know your source. In rare cases, people have suffered liver damage as a consequence of taking contaminated substances. Choose supplements that are standardized. Buy products that submit to voluntary self-regulation. Do not rely on health store staff for medical information. Although they may be helpful, remember that salespeople are usually not licensed to practice medicine.
Do not be swayed by personal testimonies. Let medical advice and evidence guide your decision to use supplements. Do not be influenced by the latest supplement to make headlines. Supplements are like cars; when new models are introduced, sometimes it takes time before problems develop. A product that has value will stand up to the test of time. Milk Thistle Of all the natural remedies used for hep B, milk thistle is the most popular, and the most tested. Here is a little of what is known about milk thistle: Talk to your medical provider before taking milk thistle.
There is no clear evidence that milk thistle cures HBV infection. There are no high-quality randomized clinical trials on milk thistle versus placebo. All milk thistle is not alike, and what is in the bottle may not match what is promised on the label. It is very difficult to find milk thistle in the U. Much of what is sold is substandard milk thistle extract, often purchased from Chinese suppliers. Also, you should not take some herbal remedies if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, or mood disorders.
Stop using the remedy immediately should you experience side effects and tell your health care provider. Gel from the aloe plant can be applied to the skin up to three times a day. Some research shows it can help reduce redness and scaling associated with psoriasis. Look for creams containing 0. No benefit has been shown from taking aloe in tablet form and it can be dangerous.
Used by ancient cultures as a disinfectant, apple cider vinegar may help relieve scalp itch from psoriasis. You can buy a bottle of organic apple cider vinegar at the grocery store and apply it to your scalp several times a week. Some people report diluting vinegar with water on a 1-to-1 ratio helps prevent a burning sensation.
Others say they need to rinse the skin once the solution has dried to prevent irritation. Skip this cheap remedy if your scalp skin is cracked or bleeding. If you have open wounds, vinegar will only irritate your skin and cause a burning sensation. If it works for you, you should see results within a few weeks. Capsaicin is the ingredient in chili peppers that make them hot.
Added to creams and ointments, capsaicin blocks nerve endings that transmit pain. Researchers from the University Medical Center Freiburg , in Freiburg, Germany, found OTC creams containing capsaicin may help reduce the pain, inflammation, redness and scaling associated with psoriasis.
However, more research is needed to assess its long-term benefits and safety. Some people may feel a burning sensation where capsaicin ointment is applied. Adding Dead Sea salts or Epsom salts to your warm not hot bath water and soaking in the tub for about 15 minutes may help remove scales and ease itching.
Be sure to apply moisturizer to your skin as soon as you get out of the tub. You may see some improvement. Oats are considered one of nature's best skin soothers. There is no scientific evidence to support the use of oats to relieve psoriasis symptoms. Alternative or complementary medicine is dangerous because it may discourage people from getting the best possible treatment, and may lead to a false understanding of the body and of science.
Alternative medicine is used by a significant number of people, though its popularity is often overstated. None have shown any effect beyond that of false treatment , and most studies showing any effect have been statistical flukes. Alternative medicine is a highly profitable industry, with a strong lobby.
This fact is often overlooked by media or intentionally kept hidden, with alternative practice being portrayed positively when compared to "big pharma". The lobby has successfully pushed for alternative therapies to be subject to far less regulation than conventional medicine. Alternative therapies may even be allowed to promote use when there is demonstrably no effect, only a tradition of use.
Regulation and licensing of alternative medicine and health care providers varies between and within countries. Despite laws making it illegal to market or promote alternative therapies for use in cancer treatment, many practitioners promote them. Alternative medicine is criticized for taking advantage of the weakest members of society. Terminology has shifted over time, reflecting the preferred branding of practitioners.
For example, the United States National Institutes of Health department studying alternative medicine, currently named National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health , was established as the Office of Alternative Medicine and was renamed the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine before obtaining its current name.
Therapies are often framed as "natural" or "holistic", in apparent opposition to conventional medicine which is "artificial" and "narrow in scope", statements which are intentionally misleading.
When used together with functional medical treatment, alternative therapies do not "complement" improve the effect of, or mitigate the side effects of treatment. Significant drug interactions caused by alternative therapies may instead negatively impact functional treatment by making prescription drugs less effective, such as interference by herbal preparations with warfarin. Alternative diagnoses and treatments are not part of medicine , or of science-based curricula in medical schools , nor are they used in any practice based on scientific knowledge or experience.
Alternative therapies are often based on religious belief , tradition, superstition , belief in supernatural energies, pseudoscience , errors in reasoning , propaganda, fraud, or lies. Alternative medicine is based on misleading statements, quackery , pseudoscience , antiscience , fraud , and poor scientific methodology.
Promoting alternative medicine has been called dangerous and unethical. Testing alternative medicine that has no scientific basis has been called a waste of scarce research resources. Critics state that "there is really no such thing as alternative medicine, just medicine that works and medicine that doesn't", that the very idea of "alternative" treatments is paradoxical , as any treatment proven to work is by definition "medicine".
Alternative medicine is defined loosely as a set of products, practices, and theories that are believed or perceived by their users to have the healing effects of medicine , [n 1] [n 2] but whose effectiveness has not been clearly established using scientific methods , [n 1] [n 3]     or whose theory and practice is not part of biomedicine , [n 2] [n 4] [n 5] [n 6] or whose theories or practices are directly contradicted by scientific evidence or scientific principles used in biomedicine.
Unlike medicine, [n 4] an alternative product or practice does not originate from using scientific methods, but may instead be based on hearsay , religion , tradition, superstition , belief in supernatural energies, pseudoscience , errors in reasoning , propaganda , fraud , or other unscientific sources.
In General Guidelines for Methodologies on Research and Evaluation of Traditional Medicine , published in by the World Health Organization WHO , complementary and alternative medicine were defined as a broad set of health care practices that are not part of that country's own tradition and are not integrated into the dominant health care system.
The expression also refers to a diverse range of related and unrelated products, practices, and theories ranging from biologically plausible practices and products and practices with some evidence, to practices and theories that are directly contradicted by basic science or clear evidence, and products that have been conclusively proven to be ineffective or even toxic and harmful. The terms alternative medicine , complementary medicine , integrative medicine, holistic medicine , natural medicine , unorthodox medicine , fringe medicine , unconventional medicine , and new age medicine are used interchangeably as having the same meaning and are almost synonymous in most contexts.
The meaning of the term "alternative" in the expression "alternative medicine", is not that it is an effective alternative to medical science , although some alternative medicine promoters may use the loose terminology to give the appearance of effectiveness.
Complementary medicine CM or integrative medicine IM is when alternative medicine is used together with functional medical treatment, in a belief that it improves the effect of treatments.
CAM is an abbreviation of the phrase complementary and alternative medicine. Due to its many names the field has been criticized for intense rebranding of what are essentially the same practices.
Allopathic medicine or allopathy is an expression commonly used by homeopaths and proponents of other forms of alternative medicine to refer to medicine. It was used to describe the traditional European practice of heroic medicine ,  but later continued to be used to describe anything that was not homeopathy.
Allopathy refers to the use of pharmacologically active agents or medical interventions to treat or suppress symptoms or pathophysiological processes of diseases or conditions. Use of the term remains common among homeopaths and has spread to other alternative medicine practices.
The meaning implied by the label has never been accepted by conventional medicine and is considered pejorative. Many conventional medical treatments do not fit the nominal definition of allopathy , as they seek to prevent illness, or remove its cause.
Traditional medicine refers to the pre-scientific practices of a certain culture, contrary to what is typically practiced in other cultures where medical science dominates. The words balance and holism are often used alongside complementary or integrative medicine, claiming to take into account a "whole" person, in contrast to the supposed reductionism of medicine.
Prominent members of the science   and biomedical science community  say that it is not meaningful to define an alternative medicine that is separate from a conventional medicine, that the expressions "conventional medicine", "alternative medicine", "complementary medicine", "integrative medicine", and "holistic medicine" do not refer to any medicine at all.
Others in both the biomedical and CAM communities say that CAM cannot be precisely defined because of the diversity of theories and practices it includes, and because the boundaries between CAM and biomedicine overlap, are porous, and change.
Critics say the expression is deceptive because it implies there is an effective alternative to science-based medicine, and that complementary is deceptive because it implies that the treatment increases the effectiveness of complements science-based medicine, while alternative medicines that have been tested nearly always have no measurable positive effect compared to a placebo.
One common feature of all definitions of alternative medicine is its designation as "other than" conventional medicine. Some definitions seek to specify alternative medicine in terms of its social and political marginality to mainstream healthcare. Eisenberg,  characterized alternative medicine "as interventions neither taught widely in medical schools nor generally available in US hospitals".
An expert panel at a conference hosted in by the US Office for Alternative Medicine OAM ,  [n 11] devised a theoretical definition  of alternative medicine as "a broad domain of healing resources The OAM conference definition, an expansion of Eisenberg's formulation, is silent regarding questions of the medical effectiveness of alternative therapies.
Normative definitions distinguish alternative medicine from the biomedical mainstream in its provision of therapies that are unproven, unvalidated, or ineffective and support of theories with no recognized scientific basis.
It is time for the scientific community to stop giving alternative medicine a free ride. There is only medicine that has been adequately tested and medicine that has not, medicine that works and medicine that may or may not work. Once a treatment has been tested rigorously, it no longer matters whether it was considered alternative at the outset. If it is found to be reasonably safe and effective, it will be accepted.
But assertions, speculation, and testimonials do not substitute for evidence. Alternative treatments should be subjected to scientific testing no less rigorous than that required for conventional treatments. This line of division has been subject to criticism, however, as not all forms of standard medical practice have adequately demonstrated evidence of benefit, [n 4]   and it is also unlikely in most instances that conventional therapies, if proven to be ineffective, would ever be classified as CAM.
Similarly, the public information website maintained by the National Health and Medical Research Council NHMRC of the Commonwealth of Australia uses the acronym "CAM" for a wide range of health care practices, therapies, procedures and devices not within the domain of conventional medicine.
In the Australian context this is stated to include acupuncture; aromatherapy; chiropractic; homeopathy; massage; meditation and relaxation therapies; naturopathy; osteopathy; reflexology, traditional Chinese medicine; and the use of vitamin supplements.
Sundhedsstyrelsen , uses the term "alternative medicine" for:. Proponents of an evidence-base for medicine [n 12]     such as the Cochrane Collaboration founded in and from providing input for WHO resolutions take a position that all systematic reviews of treatments, whether "mainstream" or "alternative", ought to be held to the current standards of scientific method.
Alternative medicine consists of a wide range of health care practices, products, and therapies. The shared feature is a claim to heal that is not based on the scientific method. Alternative medicine practices are diverse in their foundations and methodologies.
Alternative medicine, such as using naturopathy or homeopathy in place of conventional medicine , is based on belief systems not grounded in science. Alternative medical systems may be based on traditional medicine practices, such as traditional Chinese medicine TCM , Ayurveda in India, or practices of other cultures around the world.
Traditional medicine is considered alternative when it is used outside its home region; or when it is used together with or instead of known functional treatment; or when it can be reasonably expected that the patient or practitioner knows or should know that it will not work — such as knowing that the practice is based on superstition.
Bases of belief may include belief in existence of supernatural energies undetected by the science of physics, as in biofields, or in belief in properties of the energies of physics that are inconsistent with the laws of physics, as in energy medicine. Substance based practices use substances found in nature such as herbs, foods, non-vitamin supplements and megavitamins, animal and fungal products, and minerals, including use of these products in traditional medical practices that may also incorporate other methods.
These groups have some overlap, and distinguish two types of energy medicine: The history of alternative medicine may refer to the history of a group of diverse medical practices that were collectively promoted as "alternative medicine" beginning in the s, to the collection of individual histories of members of that group, or to the history of western medical practices that were labeled "irregular practices" by the western medical establishment.
Before the s, western practitioners that were not part of the increasingly science-based medical establishment were referred to "irregular practitioners", and were dismissed by the medical establishment as unscientific and as practicing quackery. Use of alternative medicine in the west began to rise following the counterculture movement of the s, as part of the rising new age movement of the s.
Mainly as a result of reforms following the Flexner Report of  medical education in established medical schools in the US has generally not included alternative medicine as a teaching topic. While this had much improved medical practice by defining with increasing certainty the pathophysiological basis of disease, a single-minded focus on the pathophysiological had diverted much of mainstream American medicine from clinical conditions that were not well understood in mechanistic terms, and were not effectively treated by conventional therapies.
By some form of CAM training was being offered by at least 75 out of medical schools in the US. Licensed physicians in the US who have attended one of the established medical schools there have usually graduated Doctor of Medicine MD. There is a general scientific consensus that alternative therapies lack the requisite scientific validation , and their effectiveness is either unproved or disproved.
Edzard Ernst characterized the evidence for many alternative techniques as weak, nonexistent, or negative  and in published his estimate that about 7. An analysis of the conclusions of only the Cochrane reviews was done by two readers.
These studies found that, for CAM, An assessment of conventional treatments found that However, the CAM review used the more developed Cochrane database, while the conventional review used the initial Cochrane database. In the same way as for conventional therapies, drugs, and interventions, it can be difficult to test the efficacy of alternative medicine in clinical trials.
In instances where an established, effective, treatment for a condition is already available, the Helsinki Declaration states that withholding such treatment is unethical in most circumstances. Use of standard-of-care treatment in addition to an alternative technique being tested may produce confounded or difficult-to-interpret results. Cancer researcher Andrew J. Contrary to much popular and scientific writing, many alternative cancer treatments have been investigated in good-quality clinical trials, and they have been shown to be ineffective.
The label "unproven" is inappropriate for such therapies; it is time to assert that many alternative cancer therapies have been "disproven". A research methods expert and author of Snake Oil Science , R. Barker Bausell , has stated that "it's become politically correct to investigate nonsense. Use of placebos to achieve a placebo effect in integrative medicine has been criticized as, " Another critic has argued that academic proponents of integrative medicine sometimes recommend misleading patients by using known placebo treatments to achieve a placebo effect.
Eighty-five percent of respondents believed placebos can have both psychological and physical benefits. Integrative medicine has been criticized in that its practitioners, trained in science-based medicine, deliberately mislead patients by pretending placebos are not. An analysis of trends in the criticism of complementary and alternative medicine CAM in five prestigious American medical journals during the period of reorganization within medicine — was reported as showing that the medical profession had responded to the growth of CAM in three phases, and that in each phase, changes in the medical marketplace had influenced the type of response in the journals.
Practitioners of complementary medicine usually discuss and advise patients as to available alternative therapies. Patients often express interest in mind-body complementary therapies because they offer a non-drug approach to treating some health conditions. In addition to the social-cultural underpinnings of the popularity of alternative medicine, there are several psychological issues that are critical to its growth, notably psychological effects, such as the will to believe,  cognitive biases that help maintain self-esteem and promote harmonious social functioning,  and the post hoc, ergo propter hoc fallacy.
Why is it so popular, then? Ernst blames the providers, customers and the doctors whose neglect, he says, has created the opening into which alternative therapists have stepped. There are 40 million websites and They mislead cancer patients, who are encouraged not only to pay their last penny but to be treated with something that shortens their lives. It needs gullibility for the industry to succeed.
It doesn't make me popular with the public, but it's the truth. Paul Offit proposed that "alternative medicine becomes quackery" in four ways: Authors have speculated on the socio-cultural and psychological reasons for the appeal of alternative medicines among the minority using them in lieu of conventional medicine.
There are several socio-cultural reasons for the interest in these treatments centered on the low level of scientific literacy among the public at large and a concomitant increase in antiscientific attitudes and new age mysticism. There is also an increase in conspiracy theories toward conventional medicine and pharmaceutical companies, mistrust of traditional authority figures, such as the physician, and a dislike of the current delivery methods of scientific biomedicine, all of which have led patients to seek out alternative medicine to treat a variety of ailments.
Patients can be averse to the painful, unpleasant, and sometimes-dangerous side effects of biomedical treatments. Treatments for severe diseases such as cancer and HIV infection have well-known, significant side-effects. Even low-risk medications such as antibiotics can have potential to cause life-threatening anaphylactic reactions in a very few individuals. Many medications may cause minor but bothersome symptoms such as cough or upset stomach. In all of these cases, patients may be seeking out alternative treatments to avoid the adverse effects of conventional treatments.
Complementary and alternative medicine CAM has been described as a broad domain of healing resources that encompasses all health systems, modalities, and practices and their accompanying theories and beliefs, other than those intrinsic to the politically dominant health system of a particular society or culture in a given historical period. CAM includes all such practices and ideas self-defined by their users as preventing or treating illness or promoting health and well-being.
According to recent research, the increasing popularity of the CAM needs to be explained by moral convictions or lifestyle choices rather than by economic reasoning. In developing nations , access to essential medicines is severely restricted by lack of resources and poverty.
Traditional remedies , often closely resembling or forming the basis for alternative remedies, may comprise primary healthcare or be integrated into the healthcare system.
Some have proposed adopting a prize system to reward medical research. Increasing the funding for research on alternative medicine techniques is the purpose of the US National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. That alternative medicine has been on the rise "in countries where Western science and scientific method generally are accepted as the major foundations for healthcare, and 'evidence-based' practice is the dominant paradigm" was described as an "enigma" in the Medical Journal of Australia.
In the United States, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act CAPTA required that for states to receive federal money, they had to grant religious exemptions to child neglect and abuse laws regarding religion-based healing practices. The use of alternative medicine in the US has increased,   with a 50 percent increase in expenditures and a 25 percent increase in the use of alternative therapies between and in America.
A survey of Americans found that 88 percent thought that "there are some good ways of treating sickness that medical science does not recognize".
In Britain, the most often used alternative therapies were Alexander technique , Aromatherapy , Bach and other flower remedies, Body work therapies including massage, Counseling stress therapies, hypnotherapy , Meditation , Reflexology , Shiatsu , Ayurvedic medicine , Nutritional medicine, and Yoga. Complementary therapies are often used in palliative care or by practitioners attempting to manage chronic pain in patients.
Integrative medicine is considered more acceptable in the interdisciplinary approach used in palliative care than in other areas of medicine.
If the patient desired complementary therapies, and as long as such treatments provided additional support and did not endanger the patient, they were considered acceptable. In Austria and Germany complementary and alternative medicine is mainly in the hands of doctors with MDs ,  and half or more of the American alternative practitioners are licensed MDs. In contrast, other approaches may be partially recognized and others have no regulation at all.
Regulation and licensing of alternative medicine ranges widely from country to country, and state to state. Government bodies in the US and elsewhere have published information or guidance about alternative medicine.
Food and Drug Administration FDA , has issued online warnings for consumers about medication health fraud. Many of the claims regarding the safety and efficacy of alternative medicine are controversial. Some alternative treatments have been associated with unexpected side effects, which can be fatal.
A commonly voiced concerns about complementary alternative medicine CAM is the way it's regulated. Despite this, it has been suggested that current regulatory bodies have been ineffective in preventing deception of patients as many companies have re-labelled their drugs to avoid the new laws.
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