Just a quick reminder about one of our important Guidelines:
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The next post following the Guidelines is list of what is approved and what isn't, some cautions, and some outside links regarding Alternative Therapies. It's interesting reading and I'd recommend having a look. You can also search the Forums, as well as the Main ISN Site (Main Site Seach Engine here) for specific alternative therapies you may have heard of.
There are many Alternative Therapies, but two subjects tend to come up repeatedly: herbal medicines and specific exercise regimens:
Herbal medicines can be quite potent and are an entire field of study (phytopharmaceuticals). And, because they can interact with other medications and also cause some problems on their own, it is really important to consult one's doctor before using herbal remedies or other supplements, as well as tell them just what and how much of any these one is taking. Also, regardless of any claims for effectiveness, it's important to realize that because herbal remedies are classified in the USA as dietary supplements, there is little if any control over them. For example, you can't be sure how much of an 'active' ingredient you might be getting, if there are any contaminants, how/where they were manufactured.
A similar caution should be voiced for exercise programs that are sometimes recommended as healing. No exercise program should be undertaken without consulting your doctor, no matter how harmless it might seem or how helpful in certain circumstances. For instance, the inverted positions in Yoga (head down) aren't going to be a good idea for anyone who is suffering from reflux problems (nor for pregnant women). For those of us with certain joint problems, high impact aerobics will probably be counter-indicated.
Best wishes and happy posting,
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