By Alternative Treatments, I mean treatments that are used instead of conventional, mainstream medicine.
Some people call it complementary medicine or integrative medicine. Some doctors are starting to recommend and use these alternative treatments and the term 'complementary' is preferred by them because they don't see them as a substitute but something that can be used alongside conventional medicine.
In Australia, 60 percent of the population say they have tried some form of alternative medicine. in the US there is the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and they have reports of research results into natural treatments and evidence-based reviews. In the UK there is The Complementary Medical Association and the British Complementary Medicine Association (BCMA). In Europe there are many groups including The European Society of Integrative Medicine which is an international association supporting the science, research, education and further training, and evidence-based medicine in Integrative Medicine.
Alternative treatments include a long list of therapies – herbalism, traditional Chinese medicine, aromatherapy, iridology, massage, homeopathy, Ayurvedic medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic medicine, dietary supplements and herbal remedies and many more. There is more and more research being conducted to back up the effectiveness of these treatments.
Many of these traditional therapies have been used for hundreds of years which should count for something. Apparently, they were removed from the market after the discovery of penicillin.
Traditional Chinese medicine has been used for over 3,500 years and combines herbal medicine, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, and diet and exercise.
The use of herbal medicine goes back thousands of years, with the earliest written records in 2800 BC in China.
Ayurvedic Medicine is a medical system that started in India more than 3,000 years ago and is still used today.
Over the years that I have been blogging, I have tried many natural alternative treatments to help reduce the symptoms of Fibromyalgia and I have written about them here on this blog.
Many things have helped me and some have not. I always find it interesting to read other people's experiences with things that may help. Please have a look and see if any might be of interest to you:
- Is this fibro treatment controversial or am I behind the times? New Stem Cell Treatment for Fibromyalgia?
- What the viewers poll said about alternative treatments for fibro
I work with a doctor named Bill Rawls in North Carolina who has recently written a book about his struggle with fibromyalgia/CFS called "Suffered Long Enough." He is a traditionally trained physician, but found the medical community's treatments for his illness lacking, so he developed his own. Would you possibly be interested in writing something about the book on your blog? I'd love to give you an advanced copy if you're interested. It's out November 10.
Thanks so much for your time.
Thanks Alex, definitely interestedDelete
Great. Can you e-mail me at email@example.com? And I'll send you a copy.ReplyDelete
Great. If you e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I'll send you a PDF. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Thanks Alex, I have done this and look forward to reading Dr Rawls book, thanksReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing alternative treatments for fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia can also be treated medically.ReplyDelete
Yes Fibromyalgia can be treated with medicines. Some of them I have reviewed, with my own experiences, here. If you are interested please search in the Categories (at Right) under medications. Thanks.Delete
nice work done by you Good. Thank you for posting such a blog. Really appreciable.
Hello to you and thanks for your kind words India PMDelete
I am always looking for natural things to help with pain. Cheers!ReplyDelete
Glad to be of help FrancineDelete
I always find it interesting and helpful to read other people's experiences with things that might lessen the symptoms of this dreaded fibro. It's good to see what others recommend. I know everyone is different but I do a lot of research online first before I try something.ReplyDelete
Yes E.S.S. you are definitely right - everyone is so different when it comes to what helps them. As well as online research I find it really useful to ask a medical specialist especially if it is a treatment, like herbal medicine, that may interact with other medicines I take. Thanks for commenting here.Delete