I agree with Mr Halflife, stick with doctors they don''t train for six years for fun, it''s so they actually know what they are doing, the chances are the docs will get there but they''ll do it in the safest way for you.
If you do want a snake doctor your in luck, I''ve just decided I''m one, even typed some qualifications up, so I can flog you some water with a rose petal in it for just $200.
Let me know but do it today cos tomorrow I could be anything that does not actually need any qualifications.
Alternative medicine (variously known as homeopathy, holistic medicine, naturopathy or any one of a dozen other made up words) uses a process known as "succussion" which I will describe. You should then decide on whether you think it''s effective.
1. Take an amount of a herb or plant material and dissolve it in 10 mL water.
2. Shake it up and down, side to side, bang it on a table.
3. Dissolve it by a factor of 10. I.e. take 1 mL and put it in to 9 mL of fresh water.
4. Shake it up and down, side to side, bang it on a table.
5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 until it had been diluted 30 times.
6. Add sugar and starch, evaporate the water and press it in to tablet form.
Alternative therapists believe that diluting something makes it more powerful. Of course this contradicts both science and common sense. Would you rather have a gin and tonic with one measure of gin and a glass full of tonic, or with one measure of gin and a bucket of tonic water?
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for an amusing way of understanding it.
That said, most modern medicines do come from natural products. Aspirin comes from Willow tree bark, there are dozens of medicines that come from snake venom etc.
Some natural remedies do have an effect, and can have an EXTREMELY dangerous effect when combined with prescribed medications. Examples are the previously mentioned willow bark extract when combined with warfarin can kill you. St John''s Wort will stop contraceptive pills from working.
Basically I''m saying that you have to be very careful when combining pharmaceutical and natural remedies, take the word of a doctor over the word of your ''naturopath''.
If your condition is exacerbated by stress (which many auto-immune conditions are) then I would recommend some stress relieving techniques which might be considered "alternative medicine."
The smell of lavender oil is proven to help people sleep. Exercise, including yoga, tai chi etc can be very calming. Finally, though I''ve never personally tried it, I''ve heard very good things about hypnotherapy from some credible sources.
I would investigate these before taking unknown chemicals (or just sugar and starch) from the naturopath.
I believe natural therapies can and do work! However, I wouldn''t be paying someone the money you are talking about.
The informantion is fairly easy to find for yourself, google and read around the use of herbs. Look for a mixture of herbs that are good for the skin and for stress. I''ve always found rosemary good for calming me when stressed. The easiest way to take it is to make up a tea (using the herbs, leave to stew in freshly boiled water for 5 minutes, then strain out the herbs using a tea strainer) but you can also easily make up tinctures for use too, again google will bring up a few methods. What ever you use, read a few different sources to look for contradictions and double check with the dr who is prescribing your meds.
Herbs are easy to get hold of too, and a lot cheaper than your natural medicine. I buy from neals yard, but don''t think they sell abroad, and I''m guessing from the dollar comment you aren''t in the uk.
Like U6, I''d also recommend you use other alternative therapies to treat the cause, the stress, such as yoga, meditation, essential oils to aid sleep. Oh, essential oils can be used to treat skin as well, maybe some chamomile. Make sure it is pure essential oil and not just sented (pure essential oil is £3 plus a bottle, anything less is likely to be scented) and put maximum 8 drops in the bath. No, it''s NOT because diluting it makes it more potent, it''s because too strong can irritate the skin rather than soothe.