MEDICINAL ALTERNATIVES

Alternative Medicine

Alternative medicine is a holistic approach to health and sickness for the maximum benefit of the patient. Presently, most conventional treatments for malignant diseases involve invasive surgery and chemotherapy which are a traumatizing experience for the patient causing hair loss, loss of appetite and psychological suffering. As indicated in a previous essay, research in embryonic and adult stem therapy may in the near future obviate these invasive measures.

But in the meantime, we have at hand alternative medicine which has been around for hundreds of years and is used in many cultures outside of America. This ancient practice uses mind-body programs, naturopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, meditation, homeopathy and diet-based therapies. In major universities throughout the world, the efficacy of these practices has been proven through research and there is consensus that, when used as a complement to conventional medicine, it provides a higher quality of life and survival in most serious cases.

Several research centers are seriously looking into the use of traditional Tibetan and Chinese medicine. Indeed, this particular practice is one of the oldest medicine traditions which treat a variety of illnesses and chronic disorders. For instance, mercury which is a heavy metal is never used in its natural state in Tibet since it first undergoes extensive processing to produce detoxified mercury, or as it is called in Tibetan medicine: Precious Pill. Once detoxified, this substance is used to treat a variety of diseases including cancer, arthritis, neurological problems and poisoning.

Another item being investigated is the use of Chinese herbal remedies for the treatment of menopause. Indeed, the conventional method of using hormone replacement therapy concerns many women since there are many side effect and risks. Ongoing investigations have proven that the use of Chinese herbal formulas is effective in diminishing hot flushes, night sweats and hormonal levels.

Currently, there is strong interest in investigating the therapeutic value of medicinal plants found in the Middle East which are repeatedly mentioned in the Bible. A case in point is the successful germination of a 2,000 year old date seed, or Judean date, found during the Masada excavations. Apparently, this date is being evaluated for its potential medicinal qualities.

Over 30 different medicinal plants are being scientifically screened for their anti-bacterial and anti-malarial activities. Thus, if these herbal and plants remedies are proven therapeutically effective, we may have to reverse to the ancient traditions for the cure of many serious and dangerous diseases.

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