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Alternative Treatments

Alternative treatments such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, chiropractic, naturopathy, and Ayurveda, are clustered by various names such as integrative, holistic, or complementary medicine, but the main thread that connects them is their focus on the mind, body, and the spirit. They work patiently to heal the root cause of a medical disorder, not just the symptoms.

Holistic Practices

Alternative practitioners work in sharp contrast to Western doctors who focus on an organ or organ systems when treating a patient. For instance, infertility specialists look at our reproductive systems - the ovaries and testes, tubes and the tissues, and the endocrine system - in isolation of the rest the human being. Alternative practitioners treat our whole system, hence the term, holistic. Acupuncture and herbal medicine may strengthen and balance your integrated systems, helping make assisted reproductive technologies (ART) more effective, and in some cases, unnecessary.

Many “alternative” treatments have been used for thousands of years in other parts of the world such as China and India, but not until recently have they been accepted in the U.S. Similar to medical doctors, practitioners are licensed in their particular fields through similar processes: they’re required to take courses of study, undergo lengthy exams, and log in hours as supervised interns before getting their licenses.

Holistic practitioners take time to sit down and get to know the patient and the circumstances that led up to an illness or condition. They touch us, take our pulse (some take our energy pulses), and ask many questions about our diet, emotional life, and exercise. Such close attention in itself can be healing for those of us who are used to being rushed through medical exams in 15 minutes or less.

Effects of Treatment

However, because many alternative medicine practices do not have a universally accepted scientific basis - a means to measure the effects of energy treatments and herbal medicine - they have had difficulty proving their outcomes. Also, since alternative medicines do not require FDA approval, few scientific studies are made. Consequently, documenting a drug’s efficacy or side-effects is difficult.

Other alternative therapies that soothe and integrate the mind, spirit, and body include yoga, message therapy, flower essences, and hypnotherapy and other stress-reduction techniques. They can help calm your body and soul and let your natural healing system do its work.

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Holism is primarily associated with healing processes and advocates patient-centered medicine in which the physician treats the person as a whole being, rather than focusing on a set of symptoms. It promotes preventative medicine by maintaining the health of all aspects of the self—physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. Generally, however, holistic medicine is simply a generic phrase referring to a variety of healing practices, some beneficial and some questionable.

Alternative and complementary medicines are becoming more and more mainstream, as institutions and governments introduce codes of practice and registers for practitioners like the complimentary and natural Healthcare Council in the UK. This form of medicine will get the credit it deserves. Aossibly reduce the massive cost burden to taxpayers in the process. Not only that but laboratory trials on new drugs are getting harder and harder because they have been tested alongside placebos which strangely or not ranking higher in the results, which kind of proves the point of mind body and soul.

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It was very interesting to learn about Alternative treatments which are generally used for thousands of years in other parts of the world like China and India, but not until recently have they been accepted in the U.S. I would like to learn more about Alternative treatments.

I AM 37 YEARS OLD I HAVE 3 CHILDRENS AGES 21-14 AND 7. I WILL LIKE TO HAVE ANOTHER BABY BUT WHEN I HAD MY LAST CHILD I TIED MY TUBES I WILL LIKE TO KNOW IF I CAN REVERSE THE SURGERY AND HOW RISKIE IT IS OR WHAT CAN I DO.

Hi Maria --
I encourage you to find a fertility specialist who can do a thorough work-up and talk to you about your options. You can find a doctor by clicking to our box on the left side of the screened titled "Get Started" and doing a search to find a doctor or clinic near you.

You may also want to join our Secondary Infertility group to find other women trying to conceive another child.
http://www.fertilityauthority.com/group/secondary-infertility

I wish you luck!

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Claire

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We had trouble and think a combination of things helped. Massages, lowering of stress. Eating nealy only organic. Cutting out coffee, alcohol, soy products, sugar etc... and taking a good fertility natural supplement including Evening Primrose worked and getting some sun worked for us.

People are people and they don't take on a "lifestyle" due to one small aspect in their life.

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