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    Hello Everyone-

    Let us discuss about diffferent alternative medicines here. Please let us all know if you are familiar with any alternative medicines/therapies. If any of you have benefitted from any kind of alternative medicines listed below or any other treatments not listed here please share your experiences (or if you have heard from others)


    If you have any questions about any treatments please ask here. Answers are welcome from everyone.

    Ayurveda
    Acupuncture
    Acupressure
    Chiropractic
    Herbal Medicine
    Homeopathy
    Light Therapy
    Massage
    Magnetic Therapy
    Meditation
    Naturopathy
    Nutrition
    Physical/Physio Therapy
    Prayer/Spiritual
    Reiki
    Yoga
    Last edited by Teena; 09-25-2007 at 04:26 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teena View Post
    Hello Everyone-

    Let us discuss about diffferent alternative medicines here. Please let us all know if you are familiar with any alternative medicines/therapies. If any of you have benefitted from any kind of alternative medicines listed below or any other treatments not listed here please share your experiences (or if you have heard from others)


    If you have any questions about any treatments please ask here. Answers are welcome from everyone.

    Ayurveda
    Acupuncture
    Acupressure
    Chiropractic
    Herbal Medicine
    Light Therapy
    Massage
    Magnetic Therapy
    Meditation
    Naturopathy
    Nutrition
    Prayer/Spiritual
    Reiki
    Yoga
    Teena,
    Have experienced only Physio,massage & Prayer
    I notice u missed Physio

    Naturapathy?

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    Teena my school classmate is Naturopathist...will contact her and ask some tips...

    yaso

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    Quote Originally Posted by yasodha View Post
    Teena my school classmate is Naturopathist...will contact her and ask some tips...
    Sure yaso

    I will now add Physio therapy to the list. Thanks.

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    Anyone has any idea about Magnet Therapy? My dad has sent me a magnet braclet. He beleives that magnet therapay is good to treat pain.

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    Massage also me know too just simple ones

    my chithi is a reiki master... but me have no idea or belief in that

    yoga went for few classes.. appuram not regular ippo ellam. would love to learn from this thread.. atleast one per week

    Prayer- yes...

    shy
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    Teena..


    check out this link: http://www.quackwatch.org/04Consumer...QA/magnet.html


    "There is no scientific basis to conclude that small, static magnets can relieve pain or influence the course of any disease. In fact, many of today's products produce no significant magnetic field at or beneath the skin's surface."

    Shy
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    Thanks for the link shy.

    I think Magnet therapy is not a permanent cure to pain or diseases. Also I'm not sure how far it is going to help for blood circulation.

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    What is acupuncture?

    Acupuncture is a Chinese therapy that has been used for centuries. It is based on the theory that there is energy, called chi or qi, flowing through your body. Chi is thought to flow along energy pathways called meridians.

    Acupuncturists believe a blocking or imbalance of the flow of chi at any point on a pathway may result in illness. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe acupuncture unblocks and rebalances the flow of chi to restore health.

    People often use acupuncture to relieve pain. Western medical researchers who have studied acupuncture believe that it may reduce pain through body chemicals that have calming effects (opioid peptides), or by affecting glands (such as the hypothalamus) that produce substances the body uses.

    Traditional Chinese acupuncture usually is done by putting very thin needles into the skin at certain points on the body to produce energy flow along the body's meridians. Other types of acupuncture may use heat, pressure, or mild electrical current to stimulate energy flow along these meridians.

    What is acupuncture used for?

    People use acupuncture to relieve pain and treat certain health conditions. You can use it by itself or as part of a treatment program. Studies have found promising results for the use of acupuncture in treating nausea and vomiting related to chemotherapy and postsurgery pain.

    Acupuncture also may be useful for:

    <UL>Stroke rehabilitation, which involves relearning skills that a person lost because of brain damage from a stroke.

    Headache. A recent study shows that adding acupuncture to standard treatment leads to significant, long-lasting relief from chronic headaches, especially migraines.

    Menstrual cramps.

    Tennis elbow.

    Fibromyalgia, or widespread pain and tenderness of muscle and soft tissue.

    Myofascial pain, which is caused by spasm in the muscles.

    Osteoarthritis, or the breakdown of the tissue (cartilage) that protects and cushions joints. A recent study found that acupuncture can reduce knee pain and increase movement of the knee in people with osteoarthritis

    Low back pain.

    Carpal tunnel syndrome, or pressure on a nerve in the wrist that results in tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain of the fingers and hand.

    Asthma, or inflammation in the tubes that carry air to the lungs, resulting in periodic episodes of difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing.

    Dental pain.

    Reducing labor pain.

    Is acupuncture safe?

    In general, acupuncture is safe when done by a certified acupuncturist. A state license ensures that the acupuncturist has a certain level of training and follows certain practice guidelines. However, acupuncture is not licensed in a few states.

    Complications or adverse events may rarely occur. If the acupuncturist uses nonsterilized needles, there is a risk of infection; however, most acupuncturists today dispose of their needles after one use. Make sure the practitioner you visit uses sterilized or disposable needles. Talk with your doctor if you have other questions about the safety of acupuncture.

    Acupuncture may be a valuable treatment for certain health conditions and merits further use and study. Your doctor may recommend it along with conventional medical treatment for many illnesses.

    Always tell your doctor if you are using an alternative therapy or if you are thinking about combining an alternative therapy with your conventional medical treatment. It may not be safe to forgo your conventional medical treatment and rely only on an alternative therapy.

    SOURCE: Yahoo Health
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    yesterday thaan he was asking abt this.. polaama vendaamnu he was thinking... he too have back pain like u thanks for the info...

    teens.. enna bed u guys use.. box spring is not good for people with back pain.... memory foam vaangi irukoom.. he says its much better

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    Shy-

    I only have shoulder and neck pain. I had back pain( not chronic) an year ago and I took a few acupuncture sessions and after the treatment my pain is completely gone. It did not work on my shoulder and neck becoz that area was chronic and I needed more sessions. I did not continue my therapy because it was very expensive treatment and no insurance coverage. May be I will revisit in the future.

    Watch below videos from yahoo. I don't know how to embed these videos. Is there any way to embed yahoo videos?

    http://news.search.yahoo.com/news/se...upuncture&c=av

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    thanks teena

    yahoo embedd pana mudiyaathu i guess

    did it really go away.. wow.. awesomeeeeeeeeeeee.. may be I shud ask him to give it a try... did u just try some chinese places out there???

    Shy
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    Actually our bed was causing major problems to us for years. We had simmons pillowtop and that is the worst mattress in the world. Now we got rid of the mattress and bought Stearns & Foster Firm mattress and I love sleeping on it. He thinks it's too firm for him. We have tried memory foam mattress somehow we felt it's too soft for our body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shy View Post
    thanks teena

    yahoo embedd pana mudiyaathu i guess

    did it really go away.. wow.. awesomeeeeeeeeeeee.. may be I shud ask him to give it a try... did u just try some chinese places out there???

    Shy
    Yessssssss.......100% it's gone and the pain is not coming back. If the pain is not chronic it wouldn't take long time to get better and the cure is permanent. I went to a chinese doctor based on how he was rated in our city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teena View Post
    Yessssssss.......100% it's gone and the pain is not coming back. If the pain is not chronic it wouldn't take long time to get better and the cure is permanent. I went to a chinese doctor based on how he was rated in our city.
    when u mean chinese doctor.. u mean accupuncture specialist mathiriyaa illai normal doctors u saw?

    Sorry for too many questions teens... his back pain is troubling him for years athaan...

    Shy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teena View Post
    Actually our bed was causing major problems to us for years. We had simmons pillowtop and that is the worst mattress in the world. Now we got rid of the mattress and bought Stearns & Foster Firm mattress and I love sleeping on it. He thinks it's too firm for him. We have tried memory foam mattress somehow we felt it's too soft for our body.
    So this new one is still box spring or its something different.. just the mattress is firm

    Shy
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    Shy I would love to answer your questions because I had benefitted from acupuncture.

    Yes he is a well reputed , licensed and recognized doctor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teena View Post
    Shy I would love to answer your questions because I had benefitted from acupuncture.

    Yes he is a well reputed , licensed and recognized doctor.


    so how shud we search.. as an accupuncture specialist or a normal doctor? entha speciality la search panrathu

    Shy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shy View Post
    So this new one is still box spring or its something different.. just the mattress is firm

    Shy

    oops I forgot to answer to your box spring question. We just bough S&F Firm Mattress but still we are using the Simmons box spring. I think a box spring is a boxspring. A mattress only comes with different comfort levels like pillowtop, plush and firm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shy View Post


    so how shud we search.. as an accupuncture specialist or a normal doctor? entha speciality la search panrathu

    Shy
    Usually regular doctors do not practice acupuncture. You should see if he is Medical Doctor of Oriental Medicine and licensed acupuncturist with a bachelor of science in medicine. His credentials should be M.D. O.M. The best way to search is thru yellow pages and asking your neighbors and friends.

    Most of acupuncture doctors have their own private clinic. if you want to see a doctor in your regular hospital then you should search by the speciality Alternative and Complementary medicines.
    Last edited by Teena; 09-25-2007 at 02:55 PM.

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