Treatment of Chronic Diseases

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With the ever increasing price of pharmaceutical drugs and the often dangerous side effects, many individuals have made the decision to turn to alternative medicine and the treatment of chronic diseases for themselves and their families. Because a pharmaceutical may often be worse for the patient than the condition, a natural alternative may treat the condition more effectively. For example, chronic diseases have been found to respond better to treatments such as acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, herbal therapy, and some specific exercises to strengthen the body for better healing. In certain types of cancer, hyperbaric oxygen may be prescribed. Alternative medicine is not meant to take the place of modern medicine but to work together with the emphasis o­n less is more. The great Pharma is a multi billion dollar industry that doesn't always consider that their drug may harm more than help a patient.

Once the decision to implement alternative medicine and the treatment of chronic diseases has been made, autoimmune disorders such as fibromyalgia, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis may come to mind. Due to the almost constant pain and fatigue that is characteristic of autoimmune disorders, these must be treated first and effectively in order to allow the individual to function more normally. The underlying causes of these disorders are thought to be from nutritional deficiencies, extreme stress, and exposure to toxins in the home or environment. The prescription for treatment is soothing exercises such as swimming, walking, yoga and stretching to keep the muscles limber and the endorphins high, thereby reducing pain dramatically. Nutrition and stress reducing exercises may also be prescribed as well as natural herbs.

Other common conditions that may warrant alternative medicine and the treatment of chronic conditions are diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and milder chronic conditions such as, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), insomnia, psoriasis and lower back pain. All of these may be treated by natural and medical means again working hand in hand with a physician and alternative medical approaches, which may not o­nly treat but cure the condition. Additionally, many common diseases can be prevented from occurring in the first place simply by educating o­neself o­n the rules of proper nutrition, exercise, and how to reduce every day stressful situations.