Alternative Medicine Is Not A Magic Potion!
Alternative Medicine is one side of an intense love/hate
relationship with many seniors. What makes this statement
fact is a recent federal survey that reveals that more than
34 percent of all U.S. adults routinely use Alternative
What about children you ask. Approximately 12 percent of
them use Alternative Medicine, of which nutritional
supplements play a large role. But what is Alternative
Simply put, alternative medicine is any method of
treatment for the relief or cure of any disease or malady
that is not either approved, or recommended, by established
medical practitioners and their professional organizations.
The survey included more than 32,000 Americans and was
conducted in 2007. One of the findings was very revealing.
Since the last survey was taken five years earlier, the use
of many types of alternative medicine had neither
increased, or decreased, during the ensuing five year span.
These numbers tell us that each year, millions of people
are putting their trust in the regular use of complementary
alternative medicine. The percentage of those doing so
hadn't changed noticeably.
Does this mean that all seniors in the United States
should begin immediately putting their trust in nutritional
supplements, accupuncture, "probiotics" such as fish oil
and a host of more natural treatments than we can find in
our local pharmacy?
No! What seniors should do is set out on a path of
finding out what complementary alternative medicine can do
for them as individuals. Emphasis is placed on the word
complementary. By no means should seniors stop their
regular usage of medicine prescribed by their personal
The most serious problem that exists with alternative
medicine is the lack of scientific testing and verification
of many of the claims put forth by practitioners in the
All of us look for hope, and as we age our bodies
gradually reflect the wear and tear of living our lives.
There exists no magic potion that will return us to the
vitality and appearance of youth we once had. Alternative
medicine is no mystical wand employed by a great wizard
that can cure us of all maladies, including aging.
But it can do some very interesting things to us both
physically and mentally. Before seeking so-called "natural
cures," educate yourself! If you have access to a
computer, you can do this without even leaving the comfort
of your own home.
This is why alternative medicine brings out a love/hate
situation in most seniors. While everyone would love to
feel better physically and suffer less pain, they hate the
very thought of having to plow through the myriads of
treatments that make up the subject to pinpoint the ones
that could help them.
The following are several easy steps to follow that will
yield remarkable results for your search of alternative
1.Look up your malady or particular pain on the internet.
Don't look for the treatment, simply identify the problem
as it affects you personally.
2.Now seek personal experiences on the web that identify
others suffering from your identical problem.
3.Make a list of the alternative medicine treatments that
4.Now look up the specific treatments and learn about
5.This is very important! Before you begin taking any
type of alternative medicine, consult your physician.
Some medications prescribed by your doctor sometimes
react to other things. Play it safe!
The amazing thing about many new medicines put on the
market by major pharmaceutical houses regularly, is that
they originated in nature and were first manufactured by
Don't rule out all alternative medicine as just fairy
tales and smoke. Take the time to investigate them for
yourself. After all…there may be remnants of the Garden of
Eden still left somewhere in the world. You wouldn't want
to miss it for lack of knowing its location.