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Howard

So I have hormonal problem and a tabacco addiction I want to deal with. It's been 8 months I'm being tested for my hormonal problem and there is still no prognosis yet. I tried many time to quit tabacco using patches and gum to no avail. Disappointed in western medecine, I looked into 2 alternatives : acupuncture and naturopathy.

 

I called up 2 naturopath in my area. Only one called back. After explaining my hormonal situation, I was told that she doesn't do tests (which I expected) and offer no medical treatments (which did surprise me). I appreciated her honesty, but it did not encourage me to talk to her about my tabacco habit.

 

So I turned to acupuncture. I was told over the phone they could help me and booked an appointment. I did speak of both my health problems and was told they would take care of it, but would need to do my part also when it comes to tabacco. I found the experience quite relaxing and at the end of the treatment I felt hungry which pleased me because one of the symptoms of my hormonal problem is lack of appetite. Sadly, I'm not seeing results yet when it comes to tobacco. Because I enjoyed the experience, I booked another appointment.

 

Have you had any experiences with alternative medecine? What prompted you to seek such services? Has it worked for you? Do you have a prefered alternative medecine and why?

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theV0ID

If there was any evidence for it's effectiveness it wouldn't be "alternative", it would just be medicine.

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Howard

Scientific studies I found on Internet ranks acupuncture as effective as placebos, it's true @theV0ID. What made me go along with acupuncture are polls of people who tried acupuncture finding that it helped their condition. *shrugs* I guess it depends if you look at it at a point of view of experiments or statistics.

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weird elf

Yes, so-called alternative medicine has worked / is currently working for me. I mean like specific medications, I haven't tried acupuncture.

I tried it after it was either recommended to me or prescribed, so I didn't explicitly seek it out. Honestly my experience with regular and alternative medications are the exact same when it comes to what works and what doesn't.

(Regular medications, incidentally, are mostly tested on men, but are prescribed to women as well even though they're not sufficiently tested in them -  requirements for testing have changed, but only recently and only for new medications in the process of approval, not retroactively. So technically for female-bodied folks regular medicine is just as much of a game of chance.)

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Iam9man

I’ve had a range of alternative and complementary treatments over the years. Some have been extremely effective, others less so. Often they treat something you didn’t even know was an issue, and then you find the symptoms you thought were the issue just dissipate after a while. Other times they simply don’t provide relief quick enough.

 

Often they are not for the faint hearted (figuratively speaking, they tend to be very gentle). Many such therapies are very good at bringing up things you don’t particularly want to deal with... if someone just wants to take a pill, the symptoms to stop, and then life to go on as before without thinking about difficult things in their past or present, then they might not be the most effective way to go.

 

I’ll add I find Western mainstream medicine a bit too reductionist at times; “You have X chemical imbalance so take chemical Y. And you might need chemical Z to deal with the side effects of chemical Y.” Other times Western mainstream medicine is amazing. It is no exaggeration to say I would not be alive without Western mainstream medicine.

 

@Howard

 

Doesn’t work for everyone but I quit smoking, got over two unrelated phobias (at different times) with help from therapists who specialised in NLP and Hypnotherapy. Neither therapy is a magical silver bullet, but for example in my case, as I genuinely wanted to conquer the addiction/phobias they helped me access the internal resources I needed to do so.

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Gloomy

When I stopped taking my SSRI I looked into things like magnesium, niacin, and CBD. I take them sometimes and they do help calm my nerves, although I can't take too much niacin or else I turn red and start itching.

 

A couple times I micro-dosed on THC before work, but it just made me agitated. Right now I only use weed if I wanna party lol, but I do know some people who use it for pain and it works for them.

 

My mom did acupuncture for a while because of some pain she was having and said it worked for her.

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ryn2
On 11/21/2020 at 6:38 AM, Howard said:

I was told that she doesn't do tests (which I expected) and offer no medical treatments (which did surprise me)

Not sure where you live but, in some places, ND license-holders  are not legally recognized as physicians.  That sharply restricts their practice and prevents them from receiving insurance payments.

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Ash_the_last
On 11/21/2020 at 3:38 AM, Howard said:

Have you had any experiences with alternative medecine?

At least to me in the current world that we live alternative medecine is not something  out in the open.   Due  to  goverments and laws.   You can always google  or  visit youtube to find videos  on  self help.  What  works for some  may not work  for others.    One can  spend  years and years   reading  about  self/treatment  and the sort.   I am sure  along that road you will find what works for you. 

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GingerRose

Like Chiropractors?

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GingerRose

It really depends, some of it's bologna.  Like peppermint oil and herbal supplements for ADHD remedies...

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GingerRose

Some of what early healers used from druid societies or native people tribes actually worked and still does, but some of it is just placebo and completely fake.

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Howard

After 3 sessions of acupuncture, cigarette is starting to be gross to me. My Monday morning smoke grossed me out and gave me nausea, encouraging me to quit. Now being Tuesday early morning, I have diarrhea and didn't sleep well. Sadly, it seems that even though acupuncture has some impact, it doesn't save me from withdrawal. 

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Iam9man
1 hour ago, Howard said:

After 3 sessions of acupuncture, cigarette is starting to be gross to me. My Monday morning smoke grossed me out and gave me nausea, encouraging me to quit. Now being Tuesday early morning, I have diarrhea and didn't sleep well. Sadly, it seems that even though acupuncture has some impact, it doesn't save me from withdrawal. 

I believe physical withdrawal symptoms from nicotine only last around 3 days, so hang in there 👍

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