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Alternative Medicine

Is Acupuncture a Deception?

Dr. Jingduan Yang | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jingduan Yang

For centuries, acupuncture and Chinese medicine have been the sole medical system in many Asian countries. Unfortunately, our modern Western medical and scientific communities are just beginning to catch up.

An Alternative Approach to Treating Fibromyalgia

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 10.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

While treating the symptoms are essential for fibromyalgia patients, I've had greater success with fibromyalgia therapy by focusing on deficiencies of the body as well as removing any and all triggers that are causing inflammation in the body.

Knocking on Heaven's Door: My Near-Death Experience

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

If Vicki hadn't insisted on rushing me to the hospital, there is a good chance I would have died.

Natural Path to Healthier Bones

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 09.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

If you can make healthy anti-inflammatory lifestyle changes along with having an astute integrative practitioner guiding you while you are being safely monitored by your regular doctor, you'll probably be happy with your bone health results in the next few years.

Will Affordable Care Act's Alternative Medicine Coverage Establish Religion?

Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D. | Posted 11.11.2013 | Religion
Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D.

Critics question whether insurance should cover health-care treatments of questionable efficacy. There is potentially a bigger problem that few people have noticed -- the proverbial elephant in the room.

On Pins and Needles in Beirut

Emily O'Dell | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
Emily O'Dell

When most people think of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, they don't think of the Middle East -- or Islam. I didn't either, until I moved to Beirut and asked a colleague where I could find an acupuncturist -- expecting to find none.

Off the Cuff -- Which Alternative Blood Pressure Treatments Really Work?

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 09.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Often physicians will also recommend healthy lifestyle changes in conjunction with high blood pressure medications. Which treatments come out on top when it comes to alternative therapies?

Accepting and Embracing Grief: A Road to Healing

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

It seems that everywhere we look these days, we see news clips about one catastrophe or another. When we are faced with so many saddening facts and stressful events, how can we help ourselves and our loved ones heal?

WATCH: Doctor Makes Frightening Claim About Vitamins

HuffPost Live | Posted 09.08.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Taking vitamins or supplements seems commonplace, but could all that self-medicating actually be harmful to your health? It's a slippery slope for a c...

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Inflammatory Diseases

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 06.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

While more scientific evidence is necessary to solidly confirm efficacy of many complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies for RA, there are CAM modalities with preliminary data suggesting its benefits as adjunctive therapies in RA management.

CoQ & A

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The current study, which thus far has only been presented at a conference, albeit a prestigious one, and not yet published in full in the peer-reviewed literature, appears to be a game-changer.

Keep Your Cures Off My Cancer

Joanna_Montgomery | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Joanna_Montgomery

Since my diagnosis a year and a half ago, I've received countless recommendations for purported cures and treatments for cancer. Most have been respectful and well-intentioned recommendations from friends and family members. Others, maybe not so much.

VICE on HBO: Can an Obscure -- and Illegal -- African Plant Help Cure Heroin and Opiate Addiction?

Dimitri Mugianis | Posted 07.16.2013 | Crime
Dimitri Mugianis

For me, ibogaine was my saving grace. After I returned from Holland 11 years ago, I was opiate-free, happier than I'd been in years, and had no desire to go back to using heroin or other drugs.

Losing Weight: You Can Gut It Out

Maura Henninger, N.D. | Posted 06.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Maura Henninger, N.D.

The evidence is mounting: Get your gut back to equilibrium, and health will follow. But how does one go about this, exactly?

Caring for Our Internal Pharmacy

Michael Stanclift, N.D. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Stanclift, N.D.

The world's best 'pharmacy' exists inside each and every one of us. It doesn't require us to make a lot of complex decisions, but our 'pharmacy' does have some caveats for operating well.

Why Childhood Trauma Can Lead to PTSD, and How Tapping Can Help

Nick Ortner | Posted 04.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Nick Ortner

The simple and undeniable truth now reflected to us in our very genes is that our feelings are intricately connected with our physiology and must be considered when we encounter any kind of distress, be it emotional or physical. We must address our entire being if we truly hope to heal.

New Medicine Is a Comprehensive Road Map to Integrative Medicine

Tory Zellick | Posted 05.21.2013 | Fifty
Tory Zellick

New Medicine is a comprehensive road map to all things integrative medicine, and Peters and Pelletier have done an amazing job of simplifying complex ideas and diverse modalities -- making them accessible and understandable to the lay reader.

Maitake: The Magnificent 'Dancing' Mushroom

Paul Stamets | Posted 05.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Stamets

Feeding upon the dead roots of aging trees, maitake mushrooms emerge from dark grey mounds that form a few inches under the soil at that base of the tree. From the underside of their flaring leaf-like protrusions, white spores dust the ground below or are sent adrift into the wind.

Dr. Jim Nicolai Interview: Why Integrative Wellness Rules

Laura Cococcia | Posted 05.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Laura Cococcia

"Health and wellness are intertwined. I define health not as just 'the absence of disease' but as wholeness, balance, and resilience. Wellness is the feeling you have when you are moving toward health or you in fact are there."

Faith As Inoculation At Tokyo's Health Temples

Gail Nakada | Posted 04.27.2013 | Travel
Gail Nakada

Koganji has been drawing hopeful health seekers to Sugamo since 1656. Believers come to pray to the powerful Togenuki Jizo statue.

7 Acupuncture Side Effects That You Should Know About

Sara Calabro | Posted 04.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Sara Calabro

There are other, less-pleasant side effects of acupuncture. None are life-threatening, and all typically are fleeting. Still, they are good to be aware of so that if you do experience them, you know they're normal and nothing to be too concerned about.

Integrative Medicine: Get the Best of Both Worlds for Your Loved One

Tory Zellick | Posted 03.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Tory Zellick

We live at an exciting crossroads in the world of health care. Ancient medical systems like Ayurveda and traditional chinese medicine are as accessible as modern medical treatments like pharmaceuticals and surgery.

Fighting Cancer: New Uses for Old Drugs

Dan K. Morhaim, M.D. | Posted 03.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan K. Morhaim, M.D.

Opportunities are being missed, and time and money are being wasted. We all know people who are struggling with cancer and the intense challenges of the current treatment protocols. The needs are urgent and the time to act is now.

Premature Reports of Nails in CAM's Coffin: Of Miracles and Money

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.20.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Many unpatentable modalities in the realm of complementary and alternative medicine do not inspire huge and costly trials. We need such trials to know for sure what does and doesn't work. In the absence of them, we need to avoid a rush to judgment.

Are You Keeping Secrets From Your Doctor?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Lots of people are using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) these days -- things like vitamins, homeopathic or herbal medicine, chiropractors, acupuncture or massage therapy. But they don't always tell their doctors about it.