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Why Go Natural?

Alternative medicine; or medical and healing practices that fall outside of the realm of Conventional Medicine  (Western) has always been with us.  Legends of Shaman, Medicine Men and Healing Powers have been passed down from generation to generation.  Natural home remedies for a plethora of conditions and diseases, old fashioned and folk medicine remedies, natural and alternative treatments have been passed down throughout the generations.

Natural herbs, fruits and herbal supplements are rapidly gaining the attention of consumers as they search for natural remedies and cures with no side effects. These treatments are commonly used now for beauty and skin care items such as acne, warts, anti aging and skin tags, as well as health conditions such as arthritis, gout, migraines, diet / weight loss and most other forms of healing.

Old home remedies are based on the premise of using the natural ingredients and constituents found in many spices, fruits, grasses and herbs to naturally treat foreign bodies, dangerous viruses and bacteria that are causing pain, inflammation, disease and damage to the body. Herbal remedies continue to increase in popularity.

In the last decade the interest in Alternative Medicine has increased to the point that 38% of American adults use some form of Complementary or Alternative Medicine .  Worldwide the numbers are much higher.  People worldwide are rejcting the notion that expensive synthetic chemical and prescription medications are the only answer to our medical issues and treatment for our ailments. Instead, they are grapsing and utilizing the notion of natural remedies and home treatments to remedy common problems. For ages, modern medicine has been well aware that antibiotics strip the body of healthy flora and fauna known as probiotics and healthy bacteria, leaving people feeling drowsy, fatigued, weak and prone to allergies and further viruses.

Traditional medicine (Western Medicine) has its roots in Natural Healing methods, from practice to pharmaceuticals, the roots are direct descendents of ancient and folk medicine. The increasing interest in natural health practices, alternative and complementary (alternative medical practices that complement or enhance conventional medicine) have prompted the traditional medical community to look at how the conventional medical field could be enhanced by alternative practices.   The focus in Complementary Medicine is to combine mind, health and body, conventional and alternative medicine into a holistic approach rather than treating only the disease.  Natural home remedies are the culmination of the most natural form of self-treatment.

Popular Alternative Medicine Treatments
 
Some Alternative Medicine treatments are more popular and widely known than others.  Acupuncture and yoga are now widely integrated treatments.  Herbal remedies and nutritional supplements have been growing in popularity and may be recommended by conventional physicians as well as nutritionists and dieticians. 

Other alternative and natural healing methods may be considered more controversial including:

Detoxification or body cleansing, colonics, colon cleansing, Detox diets, Hair loss treatments and more extreme treatments like leeches and Chinese cup therapy.

Buyer Beware

Despite the emerging integration of Alternative and Conventional medicine, the process is far from seamless.  Most Alternative treatments are not currently covered by insurance.

Alternative Medicine is not a substitute for Conventional medical treatment or prescribed medications.  Medical conditions need physician’s treatment and oversight.  The best options for Alternative Medicine are in Medical facilities where the conventional physicians and Alternative healers can work as a team for the overall health of the patient. View our full medical dictionary for a wide range of conditions and terms.

Be wary of claims that alternative treatments are always proven natural cures or better treatments than traditional medicine. Often, especially in the case of some chronic conditions and emergencies, traditional medicine is a very practical and much needed medical practice.

Herbal supplements, home remedies and even nutritional supplements may interact with medical conditions or prescription medications.  Be certain to advise your traditional doctor of any natural remedies or supplements you take, even some foods may interfere with medications such as grapefruit juice. Use our vitamin information center to learn what each vitamin is, does and where you can source it naturally.

It is important to become an informed consumer, do the research on Alternative as well as Conventional treatments.  Know the side effects, the interaction potential and the possible outcomes of any treatment you are considering.  It is easier than ever to find clinical studies, controlled research results and medical journal articles with the growth of the Internet. Check reliable sources such as the US Center for Disease Control, The National Library at the National Institute of Health, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic or WebMD. Many of these sites carry references to Alternative Medicine and Natural Healing Treatments including support of the scientifically researched and warnings of those that maybe fraudulent or dangerous. 

Mind Body Spirit

Left to its own devices the human body is a remarkable thing.  It has an internal balancing mechanism that is amazing.  When we upset that balance with the addition of chemicals, preservatives, strong herbs or disruptive treatments like colonics the body struggles to keep the balance. 

Meditation, yoga, exercise and proper diet are all well documented mechanisms for a healthy balance and a well tuned system. 

Colon cleansing, body cleansing and detoxification can often disrupt the essential bacteria and digestive enzymes that allow for proper digestion and toxin removal.  The very objective of detoxification can be complicated by improper cleansing techniques which strip the body of its ability to balance.  Be sure to use natural colon cleansing products which are robust in natural fibers. Stay away from anything that is not natural.

Hormonal imbalance can cause a myriad of health issues.  Hair loss is certainly one of them, especially in the case of women.  It is important to look for major elements of health such as medical conditions, hormonal balance and nutritional health before beginning any medical treatments; alternative or conventional.  This is of course, best done by a medical professional with access to appropriate testing, diagnostic tools and medical training. 

Finding the right home remedy for an illness, condition or symptom relief can be a daunting task. Some websites only have bits and pieces of home remedy information, while others have copied old home remedies from other sites, losing vital health information.  That’s why we created Home Remedy Haven – a place where you can find natural home remedies and relief for hundreds of conditions, illnesses and symptoms. Our information is based on alternative medicine, holistic and naturopathic cures and techniques with an emphasis on the overall health and wellness of the mind, spirit and body.

Enjoy!

Home Remedy Haven Team

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